Mother Outraged After Son is Allegedly Killed by Foster Parent

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(KFOR) 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.”




UPDATE: A Comanche County woman is now charged with first degree murder child abuse for the beating death of one of her foster children.

24-year-old Heather Adams was arrested after the boy died Sunday night.

Authorities say Adams admitted hitting the boy with her fist.

Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley told us authorities received a call on Sunday around 6:30 p.m. about a two-year-old boy who had been taken to the Elgin Fire Department and was not breathing.

He says a man brought the boy in and told firefighters his wife had hurt the child. He said he found the boy on the floor unconscious.

The boy was rushed to a Lawton hospital, but was pronounced dead just after 8:30 p.m.

Sheriff Stradley says the boy had knuckle imprints on his forehead and his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

Adam’s husband says his wife said she hit the boy but didn’t mean to.

At the time of her arrest, Adams was with her other foster child, a 7-month-old boy, who was the 2-year-old’s younger brother.

He’s now back in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Sheriff Stradley says the foster children had only been in Adams custody for seven months.

Her initial court appearance is set for April 28th.



Officials in Comanche County are expected to be file charges soon into the beating death of a child. 

Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley says the child’s foster mother, 24-year-old Heather Adams, is in the Comanche County Detention Center related to the homicide investigation.

Stradley says on Sunday around 6:30 p.m., they received a call about a two year old boy who was not breathing at the Elgin Fire Department.

He says a male individual brought the boy in and told firefighters his wife had hurt the child.

The boy was rushed to a Lawton hospital but was pronounced dead just after 8:30 p.m. 

He says the boy had knuckle imprints on his forehead and his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

Stradley says deputies were dispatched to a home near Fletcher, about 14 miles northeast of Lawton, and found Adams in the home along with a seven month old boy. 

He says she was taken to the sheriff’s office and later arrested in connection with the child’s death.

The seven month old, who was the two year old’s younger brother, is now in custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Stradley says the boys had only been with Adams for seven months. 

He says charges against Adams are expected to be filed as early as Thursday.  

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