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Petition seeks criminal charges against mother of slain 2-year-old Fort Worth boy

Adrian Langlais was hospitalized on his 2nd birthday and died the next afternoon from injuries that police say were inflicted by his mother’s boyfriend.
Adrian Langlais was hospitalized on his 2nd birthday and died the next afternoon from injuries that police say were inflicted by his mother’s boyfriend. Courtesy

A petition is being circulated online asking authorities to charge the mother of a 2-year-old boy who died last month from injuries alleged to have been inflicted by the mother’s boyfriend.

The petition had garnered just shy of 700 supporters as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. An additional petition has also been started here.

Adrian David Langlais was hospitalized on March 18 — his 2nd birthday — with severe head trauma, including multiple skull fractures and bleeding on the brain, and bite marks. He died the next day.

On Wednesday, Fort Worth police arrested 22-year-old Christian Tyrrell on accusations that he inflicted the fatal injuries on the boy. Tyrrell, who court records show was formally charged Saturday with capital murder, remained held in the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday.

His defense attorny, Shawn Paschall, filed a motion Tuesday seeking to have Tyrrell’s $1 million bail reduced, calling it “oppressive and unreasonably high.”

John Winkler and Laura Martinez, who had frequently cared for Adrian and considered themselves the child’s adoptive grandparents, have told the Star-Telegram they believe Jessica Langlais and CPS employees should also be held accountable for not protecting Adrian.

“No other charges in this case are anticipated at this time,” Sgt. Jim Thomson, supervisor of the crimes against children unit, said after Tyrrell’s arrest.

The couple had both filed complaints with CPS saying that they believed Adrian was being abused. CPS closed its investigation in February — one month before Adrian’s death — after ruling out the allegations.

Winkler has since started a Facebook page about Adrian’s death and his push for justice.

The online petition, created by a relative of Ulises Herrera, Adrian’s biological father, suggests a wide range of criminal charges that authorities should seek against Jessica Langlais for failing to protect her son and get him medical care sooner.

“Adrian’s mother did nothing, for fourteen long hours Adrian laid in his bed confused and in pain,” it states. “We as friends and family want to see his mother arrested ...”

Langlais has not returned repeated messages left by the Star-Telegram.

The petition also seeks to have a law made in Adrian’s name to prevent the granting of immunity to a man or woman in exchange for testimony when that person knew about, but did not stop, the alleged abuse or neglect.

“If a person knowingly allows abuse to occur, they are just as guilty as the abuser,” the petition states.

It also asks for changes in how Child Protective Services handles abuse allegations, including that a new caseworker be assigned to a case if the complaining person feels that their concern is not being taken seriously.

An arrest warrant affidavit states that Jessica Langlais told investigators that Tyrrell had put her son in timeout on March 17 because the child would not eat his lunch. She said she heard Tyrrell yell at her son, followed by silence.

She told police that when Tyrrell brought Adrian out of the room about 10 or 20 minutes later, the child had bruising on his face and his eyes kept rolling back, the affidavit states.

Tyrrell told her — and later police — that the boy had apparently fallen out of his playpen.

Langlais and Tyrrell gave varying accounts to Detective A. Heise of Adrian’s condition after the incident.

Langlais said Adrian later vomited twice — once that night and later the next morning — and could not stand on his own. She said that when Tyrrell dropped her off at work the morning of March 18, Adrian’s head was lying against the side of his car seat “like he couldn’t move it” and that he only opened his eyes when she kissed him goodbye, the affidavit states.

Tyrrell told police that with the exception of vomiting and appearing sleepy, Adrian was acting normal. He said he called 911 about 1:30 p.m. March 18 after the boy staggered and began gasping for breath as the two played together.

An analysis of Tyrrell’s cellphone, which had been seized by police, shows Internet searches had been done on Tyrrell’s phone more than 14 hours before he called 911 for “how to tell if someone has went braindead.”

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