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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  • by Mz D Location: Ladonia on Apr 3, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    This is for all of you dumba**es that DON'T know the Adams family, (ie)Tab and Jeff.. For you who said that they only wanted Booba for the money**** and that he is a "jac-legged" preacher you really dont know sh** and have no idea as to what and why the reasons that lead up to the child being back here. NOBODY, NONE OF YOU "the paternal family" ever even claimed the kid or laid eyes on the kid while he was here, or ever even spent a single solitary dime on him. so shut up talking about what you don't know...and Tab and Jeff had talked and checked on the baby since he has been again talk what you know..keep you dumb comments stupid opinions, and ignorant attitudes to yourself and let the "real" family deal with this situation. noW is not the time for jumpin on the bandwagon just because you think you knew someone that was involved in this horrific crime. LET TERRELL REST IN PEACE!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: texas on Apr 1, 2008 at 09:55 PM
    To the comment that was posted on march 24, 2008 9:27am. I think you are right. There is a breakdown in the family structure that has cause a lot of problems for our society. I disagree with the comment about this being a part of the black culture....if you really want to take it back..what about all of the slaves, and workers (post slavery) that were empregnated by their "master"/boss and had to raise the child on her own. Hmmm I wonder were the problem started. We are to lead by example and that was a poor one. It does not matter what race you are or who you were raised by. No child deserves this. This was a baby that did'nt get the chance that he deserved. March 24 writer, I know you want to blame someone or somthing for the mess that Cuba and Louis made but race is not the answer. It is stupidity. The way see it, you dont deserve Gods blessings if you cant appreciate them, care for them and love them. This was Gods baby. At least I know now he is in good hands. Gods hands!
  • by anonymous Location: Bonham on Mar 25, 2008 at 06:27 AM
    I think it is very misleading to call Rev & Mrs. Adams "foster parents." Using this term implies that CPS was involved in placing the boy with them. Mrs. Adams clearly describes a situation where the family tried to handle the situation themselves. When Ms. Cuba decided she was ready to get her son back, it sounds like CPS may have been contacted because there is mention of caseworkers. At that point, if there were no signs of mistreatment or drug abuse by the parents, then the biological parents do have the right to their children. If anyone is concerned about about a child being abused or neglected, they are bound by law to report it so that CPS can investigate. If no one makes a report, CPS can't investigate. As for the charges of "injury to a child" Police Chief Mike Banskton has made it clear that once the autopsy reports get back, they anticipate adding more charges. Sounds like they are waiting until they have all of the facts before more serious charges can come.
  • by hm Location: Sherman on Mar 24, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    It was not "God's will" for a little baby to be beaten to death by it's mother and her boyfriend, it was THEIR will. May it be God's will that they don't die such a horrible death when it is their time.
  • by very hurt Location: bonham on Mar 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    Corey was just like my uncle i could never imagine him doing anything like that i love him and that little boy to death and it just broke my heart to hear that i'm still sorrowful because that was like my nephew in law but i know that he's in a better place and he's looking down on us it was God's will so that's how i look at it now but i just want to tell his foster mom hold on and just pray about it and just know that we are praying for you ok
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    There is no excuse for abuse. But, I also blame the breaakdown of the traditional family for this. A man, a woman, that are married. Not that abuse doesn't occur in nuclear families, but studies show a stable family life, greatly increase a childs wellbeing. How many African American nuclear families do you know? Very few I'd bet. This is a huge problem in their culture. Too many babies made with NO support coming in from the daddies. Nope, by the time a baby is born, Daddy is off making another with another woman. And you can act outraged and offended, but you know this is the truth. I work in the schools, I see it every day. If you don't want to be stereotyped, don't act stereotypically! Get a job, marry a woman and provide for your families!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Texas on Mar 24, 2008 at 07:03 AM
    CPS can't check on kids if no one calls them! just because some is referred to as a "foster parent" does not mean that CPS was involved.
  • by audrey Location: gainesville on Mar 23, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    where the hell was cps for that little boy???? They where out messing with families that are great when they need to spend there time dealing with families that have violence and poor children in the middle of it. If the child protective services where there that little child would be back with the foster parent and safe. I would sue if you could.............
  • by audrey Location: gainesville on Mar 23, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    There is some sick people in this world. How could you hurt an innocent child. Justice should be and will be made. They ought to be beat with something and killed. Eye for an Eye...............May god look over the family
  • by Silent Location: tx on Mar 23, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    I Have had nightmares about this poor child and the pain he must have endured God bless this little angel and may heaven lead him home. I Pray for justice against those humans that did this to him and pray for the judgement of God to rain on them and get the punishment to the fullest extent of the law.Please Pray for the men and woman whos lives are forever changed from what happened to this baby.Pray for the foster family and extended family for there suffering is so great. And hold your loved ones close for you or they are not promised tomorrow and every moment is precious! God Bless
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