January 17th, 2014
10:01 PM ET

Father of 4-year-old tortured to death while in prison released

(CNN) The father of four-year-old Myls Dobson has been temporarily released from jail, nine days after the toddler was allegedly tortured to death by his caregiver. Okee Wade was reportedly released by a judge so that he can bury his son.

The ordeal began in mid-December when Wade was arrested for alleged bank fraud, and Myls needed someone to care for him. It's not clear how he ended up in the care of 27-year-old Kryzie King - she says Wade left Myls with her - but what is known is little Myls suffered horrible acts of violence and neglect, allegedly at the hands of King. Police say he was bound, gagged, beaten burned and starved by King. She has pleaded not guilty to first-degree charges of assault.

Dad of tortured boy Myls Dobson to be freed from jail to go to funeral

Amid the abuse, Myles' mother Ashlee Dobson had been out of the picture. A spokesman for Dobson tells CNN she lost custody of her son for financial reasons. She last saw Myls in November.

There have been questions about how this young child was let down by so many adults. If, for instance, there was any suspicion of neglect, why didn't anyone in the family speak up? How did Wade end up with custody of Myles when he reportedly had a rap sheet with 13 arrests? And why didn't Child Protective Services intervene when Wade was arrested?

The latter question is one Dobson wants answered. "The city of New York put the child in the care of the father, who they knew was a felon," says Tony Herbert, who is advising Dobson and speaking on her behalf.

In the meantime, a young, innocent child must be put to rest. It seems the family, now that Myls is gone, is coming together to say goodbye. Whatever Wade's role may have been in leaving their child behind, Herbert tells CNN he is "certainly invited" to partake in burial services. "I would assess that it's open arms with regards to the fact that he's the baby's father and he's welcomed to be there," Herbert says. "The mother has been working with his side of the family… in identifying clothing that the baby is going to wear. She just wants to bury her son and with respect and honor."

The family plans on sending Myls to South Carolina to bury him in the Wade family plot. Services are scheduled for Tuesday.

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