Father speaks out against child abuse after two-year-old son's death

CALHOUN, La. (KNOE) - The family of the two-year-old boy who died after a case of child abuse is speaking out.

Courtesy: Joann Murray Mangum

Gavin Lowery passed away early Saturday morning.

John Lowery says his son, Gavin, was spontaneous and full of personality.

"He was one of those kids that you could be mad at the world and he would come in and you would just light up," he says. "He was just what every parent would want in a child is what he was."

His perfect son was gone by the age of two.

"I don't know how to explain it. You can't have one favorite memory with a child because their whole life and the whole time you spend with them is one big memory," John explains.

Gavin's death is now being investigated as child abuse after burns and bruises were found on his body. His mother, Lindsey McBride, and her boyfriend, John Harper, are in custody. Both are facing one count of cruelty to juveniles.

John Lowery says he and McBride shared custody of Gavin. “We’ve never been to court for it. There was no need for it,” he explains.

He says he never expected his son to be a victim like this.

"If either side of the family had seen any signs, we would have shut down shop. This would not have happened," he says firmly.

John says his mission is to help other kids now so no parent has to feel his pain.

"As of right now, I’m going to do everything in my power against child abuse. I'm going to do foundations, I’m going to give speeches, anything that will help a child, I’m going to do it and I’m going to push the issue," he says.

Because he says Gavin's story can save lives.

"God puts you on this earth for a reason and I truly believe that Gavin’s reason was for this to come out and child abuse be brought up," he says.

Gavin's visitation will be held Tuesday. The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

As of Monday, no charges have been upgraded for McBride or Harper.