Birth mother of murdered Cass County teen speaks out
Posted: Dec 13, 2008 02:00 AM
CASS COUNTY, TX (KSLA) - The biological mother of a child allegedly killed by his adoptive mother wants to know how such a crime could have happened to her son.
"I was devastated because I was crying. How could this happen to him?" asks Rebecca Henson.
At first, Henson thought it was someone else's child that was killed. Then, five days went by after reports that teenager Samuel Hudson was killed and other children were abused.
"The kids were abused for a very long time," says Cass County D.A. Clint Allen.
Then Rebecca got a shocking phone call from her mother-in-law. Samuel was actually her son David. The other two children who were allegedly abused, confined in their rooms and deprived of food, water, and bathroom privileges, were also hers.
"To find out that Samuel was my David, I wasn't there to see him put to rest. I was deprived of that and that's not right because I'm the natural mother."
Not only does Henson blame Child Protective Services for that, but also for placing her children in the care of William Hudson, who faces of charge of tampering with evidence, and Cynthia Hudson, who's facing charges in the death of Samuel.
"They broke their trust to me. They lied to me. They told me that this woman was honest, she was a good mother. She was a teacher," Henson said.
Henson gave up her rights to her children five years ago after an apparent run-in with the law she says was based on false accusations. Now she wants another chance to give her two other children a safe home.
"No child deserves to have to go through what mine have been going through and it has to stop," she said.
Before speaking with Henson, a CPS spokesman said all three children in this case were home schooled, and that it's difficult to monitor those cases. When children are in school, CPS says teachers are normally a child's first defense from abuse.