Funeral held for murdered Bonham toddler

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

LADONIA, Tex. -- A two-year-old boy who authorities say died at the hands of his own mother was laid to rest Friday. Stephanie Brletic spoke with the boy's foster family.

Funeral services were held on this bright sunny afternoon for two-year-old Channing Terrell Matthews, which was fitting, say family and friends, for the boy they describe as a ray of sunshine himself.

Friday's ceremony was a celebration of a life that ended far too soon. Terrell Matthews’ former foster father, Reverend Jefferey Adams, says the toddler he called "Booba" was an energetic boy, full of life.

"He was just a joyous little boy, he really was," Reverend Adams says.

But nearly one week ago, his laughter was silenced. Police say Terrell’s biological mother, Danielle Denise Cuba, 22, and her boyfriend, Cory Don Louis, 38, severely beat the child with a belt and then hung him by his wrists from a rod in a closet.

Both have been charged with injury to a child and are being held on $500,000 bonds.

Adams and his wife, Tabatha, say they raised Terrell nearly from birth until eight months ago, when Cuba took him back to her Bonham home.

It was a move Tabatha Adams says she and her husband could not fight since they did not have legal custody of Terrell. Both Tabatha and Jeffrey Adams say they never imagined something like this could happen to their ‘Booba.’

Friends say the toddler, who could melt your heart with his big eyes, always lit up the room.

"He was just a very happy boy, very happy boy, always smiling, always laughing."

The Adams say his tragic death is not what they will remember about the affectionate boy. It's the time they shared together.

"We took him to the grocery store, we'd have to chase him, because he'd grab the bottom of the buggy and push the buggy all over the store. He would just cry and rant and rave if we took the buggy away from him."

Although Terrell was only two, it was obvious that he touched a lot of people in his short time. More than 50 people came together at the Little Bethel Baptist Church in Ladonia to remember him.

As for Danielle Denise Cuba and Cory Don Louis, authorities say the investigation into their role in Terrell’s death is ongoing.

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  • by Jeff Jr on Aug 31, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    I would love to know how Angel has been doing haven't seen her or heard anything of her since this
  • by Dissappionted and Disgusted Location: dallas on Jun 10, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    I personally know Terrell's older sister, whom was also beaten to her near-death, and also had to watch her mother and her boyfriend do such a haneous thing to her little brother. Her and her other brother have been adopted by their foster parents, whom are great people. Though the children are still recovering from such a tragedy, overall they are doing well and are finally getting to live a life full of love and laughter with their new family. It is terrible and unthinkable what happened to Terrell, but we can praise Jesus Christ that he spared two other children's lives.
  • by darren Location: flint michgan on Apr 16, 2010 at 07:58 PM
    wow that was so wow that should never happen,mess his live up an his family..that just so cold.......
  • by -kassie Location: dallas on Sep 29, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    I Pray for the baby boy and families. I have four kids 7yr,3yr,2yr and a 7 month old. This brought tears streaming down my face,I am so sorry to all who hurt 4 this Sweet baby boy. I grew up with Danielle and This just blew my mind because, she helped me take care of my 7yr old when she was, just a new born till about 5 months old when I moved and I know then she did a great job 7 years ago. I PRAY FOR ALL INVOLVED AND HURT AND #1 FOR THIS SWEET INNOCENT BABY BOY MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND REST IN PEACE WE ALL LOVE YOU!
  • by Karyn Location: Ridley Park on May 8, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    unbelievable what some adults are capable of doing to their own babies
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    What a beautiful boy!
  • by TyQueesha Location: Greenvillw on Oct 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM
    um..whoeva you are the only reason the daddy couldnt help is because she wouldnt let him see booba so you dont need to be talkin down on my uncle like that serious business and he went to jail for trying to get his son
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    how can you say if the real father was there u bet it wouldn't had happen? why the real father didn't step in to take care of him? my bad i bet the real father can't even take care of his own self.
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2008 at 02:08 PM
    for all the people out there blaming other people yall need to be talking about the people who did it not the Matthews falmily or the Adams family because they didnt have anything to do with it and if the baby real father was there i bet it wouldnt of happen anyway but you cant change what happen he went to a better place and god is with him watching over us as we write these things and for the Matthews and Adams family you both did things for him so just let it be we should all be getting along for him because i beleive thats what he would want
  • by tyqueesha Location: greenville on May 5, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    not you jeffrey because i knew yall took care of him and im thankful for that yall couldnt help what happen to booba because yall didnt have legal custody of him and daniel couldve got him whenever she wanted but she made a huge mistake driving to a family reunion just to get booba and knowing something was going to go wrong anyways like i say yall were good to him taking him 4rm a baby to where he was before she came!!!!!!!!!
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