Mom defends fiance accused of beating her son
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A woman's baby is dead and her boyfriend is in jail, accused of killing him. Now, she's telling us what she says happened.
Tiffany Wells is grieving.
"I miss him so much," Wells said.
But she is also angry.
"Y'all need to get your facts together before you start posting (expletive) all over the news," she told us.
After several attempts by Eyewitness News to reach her on Monday, she came home to the west Houston apartment she shared with her 16-month-old son, Casen Wells, and her fiance, Joshua Beall. Casen is now dead, and police believe Beall is responsible.
"I will defend him to the end because I know what kind of person he is and he did not hurt that child," Wells told us.
According to court documents, investigators believe Beall struck the toddler against an unknown blunt object. He told them the boy fell backwards, striking his head on a coffee table and then the floor. He did notice swelling but never sought medical attention. Wells believes Beall's version of the story.
"It was a freak accident," she said.
But prosecutors have a medical expert who says otherwise.
"The injuries that he sustained are not consistent with that statement as found by a pediatric specialist who examined him," Harris County Assistant District Attorney Eric Devlin said.
And there's more. CPS says they terminated parental rights against Wells in 2009 for another child when they say she was found to have physically neglected him. She strongly denies that.
"My rights were never terminated to my son, never. My mother has him. I can see him whenever I want," she told us.
And she fiercely defends her fiance.
"He would not hurt him and I can't believe that everybody is making us seem like monsters. This is awful. Let us mourn the death of our son. Stop this!" she said.
Meanwhile, those hearing about it feel awful for the defenseless child.
"It angers me, really angers me. A horrible thing to happen to a precious baby," said Bonnie Longhorn.
Beall, 28, faces a charge of injury to a child. Now that the boy has died, that charge could now be upgraded. He is in custody at the Harris County Jail. Bond has been set at $150,000.
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