Foster mom speaks out about child's death

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

BONHAM, Tex. - New details in the case of a two-year-old Bonham boy who police say was beaten to death by his biological mother and her boyfriend.

The woman who claims to have known little Terrell Matthew the best speaks out about her foster son.

Tabatha Adams says Terrell lived with her and her husband in the southeast Texas town of Kirbyville for 15 months.

She says her grandmother in Ladonia had adopted 22-year-old Danielle Denise Cuba, Terrell's biological mother. She said Cuba could not care for Terrell.

So Adams’ grandmother asked her to be a foster parent for Terrell when he was two months old. Adams agreed and kept Terrell for 15 months.

Then six months ago, Cuba asked for her son back. Adams says caseworkers told her she had no legal claim to Terrell so Cuba brought him back to Bonham.

Over the weekend, authorities say 22-year old Danielle Denise Cuba and 38-year old Cory Don Louis likely beat Terrell severely with a belt then hung him by his wrists from a rod in their closet.

It's a tragedy Adams says she can't believe. “I just don't know what could have happened. I can't imagine anything that baby could of done that could of made him deserve this."

Adams says she never knew Cuba to be violent, but over the last six months had lost contact with Cuba.

She says she just wants to see justice for the happy, loving baby she watched grow.

Adams says she had planned to travel to Bonham this week to check on Terrell.

Cuba and Louis have been charged with injury to a child. Each is being held on $500,000 bonds.


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