Stars defenseman Trevor Daley
understands some of the feelings that William Bynum is feeling these days. Both are new fathers, though each has traveled different roads in getting there.
Bynum, 33, has done the ultimate in stepping up and taking responsibility for a little baby girl who was found abandoned at a Dallas apartment complex in June. Bynum, 33, said he had no idea that he had a daughter until police called him and told him his former girlfriend, Angela Castro, had abandoned her baby shortly after giving birth. An apartment resident found the baby wrapped in a blanket on the morning of June 10.
Castro came forward to claim the baby one week later and was arrested on June 24, charged with child endangerment, a second-degree felony. Bynum and Castro have dated on and off for 11 years. He, his friends and both of their families suspected she was pregnant, but Castro denied it, saying a thyroid problem was causing her to gain weight. In the end, Bynum found out he was a father when the police told him about Castro’s admission.
Bynum decided his relationship with Castro is now over, but a new one with his daughter must now begin. He said he'll never understand why Castro abandoned their child, but he wants move forward and give his baby, named Rhiannon Bella, a good life.
Their story aired on NBC 5 last week. Daley, who became a father on July 11 with the birth of his son, Trevor Jr., was made aware of Bynum’s story and volunteered to help. Bynum is a life-long Dallas Stars fan, and comes to many games and events. He also has come out to Frisco to watch the team skate and practice, and to get some autographs. Bynum’s apartment is decorated with Stars memorabilia.
“William is a real man,” said Daley. “I can empathize with his situation. My mother was pretty-much a single parent and we didn’t have a lot when I was growing up. I also know the feelings I have had since becoming a father and it is the greatest thing in the world. We wanted to give him some help.
“He has supported us for years. We want to help support him and his efforts to be a good dad.”
So Daley and the Dallas Stars Foundation put together some gifts for William and Rhiannon Bella, delivered in a surprise visit on Wednesday. Diapers, baby wipes and a baby bottle were included, as were a few Stars infant outfits, bibs and blankets.
The Dallas Stars Foundation was created with the sole purpose to help children and families in our local community. Stars fans help support the Foundation at events like The Stars Golf Tournament, Casino Night, Mystery Puck sales at games, and more. The money raised helps the Foundation give out thousands of grants to deserving local charities and organizations every year. It also made it possible to create a $2,500 college fund for Rhiannon Bella, which also was delivered by Daley on his visit.
Daley went one step further and matched the Foundation’s pledge, giving another $2,500 to the fund out of his own pocket.
“She’s going to need it,” Daley said. “I’m able to do this and it’s something I am honored to do.”
Bynum was brought to tears by Daley’s generosity.
“I’m speechless right now,” he said. “I’m just so grateful and happy. It’s just amazing. This has been an incredible day. I can’t thank Trevor and the Dallas Stars enough. They were my main passion prior to my daughter coming into my life. I look forward to making her a fan too.”