COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla. — A Comanche County woman faces one first degree murder charge after her two year old foster son died Sunday evening.
Heather Adams, 24, currently resides in the Comanche County Detention Center, on a $150,000 bond.
The victim’s birth mother met with KFOR, and claims the Department of Human Services (DHS) let her down.
“They gave my child to somebody who killed him,” said Andrea Lowell.
The news of Bryson Lowell’s death broke Sunday evening, but his mother says she didn’t find out until Thursday.
Bryson and his seven-month-old brother had been in the care of Heather and Tyler Adams since October.
They were placed by DHS, allegedly because health officials found evidence of child abuse with the infant son. But the family maintains his injuries were accidental.
“He had a hematoma on the back of his head…they said that was shaken baby [syndrome],” said Andrea. “The foster parents that they were with, they seemed like good people.”
According to court records, a non responsive Bryson was found by Tyler a little after 7:30 p.m. in their home.
Heather later told investigators, she hit the juvenile ‘with a closed fist’.
“He’s gone, all because the state said that she was suitable…and she’s not,” said Andrea.
KFOR contacted DHS, who forwarded us to Tallgrass Family Services, the group that trained Heather to be a foster mother.
Tallgrass sent the following statement:
“Everyone is deeply shocked and heartbroken by the tragic death of a child. We are working closely with law enforcement and the Department of Human Services to fully cooperate with the investigation. Because of the ongoing criminal investigation, we cannot discuss specifics of this case, but we can assure you there are dedicated people inside and outside of our organization working diligently to find answers as to what happened. We are committed to the safety of the children we serve and hope to learn information that can help us prevent such a tragedy from happening again.”
Bryson’s infant sibling was removed from the home, and remains in DHS custody despite Andrea’s concerns.
“I want my other son before he ends up dead too.”