Fred Vanvleet Parents Susan VanVleet And Fred Manning
Fred VanVleet's biological father, Fred Manning, had a criminal background where police shot him down in connection to drug deals in 1999.
Fred became fatherless for a period of the next four years or so. He was five years old when his father breathed his last in the police operation. In 2003, his mother, Susan VanVleet, remarried.
When Fred was shot down in his hometown Rockford Illinois, Susan was left alone and helpless. Fred Manning left behind two sons - Darnell and Fred. Susan was overwhelmed as she was alone in her parental role. As a single mother, she did multiple jobs to survive and support her children. The family had a house in Rockford.
In CTV's W5 Show, she recollected that raising two biracial African American kids - Darnell and Fred- was hard for a Caucasian single mother in such a racist community. In addition, Rockford was a rough neighborhood.
But things changed in her favor when she met a police officer named Joe Danforth. She started to date him. Within a year of dating, she married the officer. Joe Danforth was her new husband.