Since their mom had poor health, his kids say they were the ones who declined to have an autopsy performed, not their dad.
“The narrative is that he was going, ‘No, no, no autopsy.’ But he was standing there—in complete shock, traumatized, letting us make the decision,” Emma said in the interview. “If he was trying to hide something, you—I wouldn’t leave something like that up to my kids if I was trying to hide something.”
It was months later that her body was exhumed and an autopsy completed, which stated her cause of death as asphyxiated, according to Garth.
Yet, son Mark Daybell believes that “doesn’t necessarily mean smothered,” he said. He went on, “There’s more facts we need. We don’t just say, ‘Oh, well, bye, Chad.’ No there’s still love, there’s still connection.”