CPS Removes Children From Home Needing Serious Repairs

By Stephanie Lucero, CBS 11 News

LINGLEVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – Jason and Debra Morris said they use their spare dollars to fix up their old house. It’s a race against time, however: The Erath County couple is hoping to regain custody of two young cousins, a two-year-old girl and her six-month-old sister.

The Morrises said Child Protective Services took them away because their old house is in need of many repairs. CPS would not comment on the case.

“It just seems like they were worried they would get hurt but we kept our other three kids safe all their lives,” Jason Morris said.

The Morris family has three children of their own. The two cousins were removed from the custody of their biological parents before moving in with the Morris family, but a spokesperson for CPS would not discuss either incident.

The Morrises lived in a three-bedroom rental house until last fall. They spent months looking for a bigger house that would accommodate the cousins and their own children.

They are buying a large, five-bedroom house in Lingleville. But the home was built in 1896. It was vacant for seven years and Mr. Morris recently broke his foot, so the repairs are taking longer than expected.

Mr. Morris established electricity in the house, but he admits it’s not up to code.

Volunteers have helped on the weekends, the family says there’s a lot of work to do, such as ductwork for the heating unit, wood for the exterior of the house and the kitchen needs new plumbing.

The family hasn’t seen the children since they were removed from the old house two weeks ago.

“Haven’t seen them. Haven’t gotten to talk to them. Don’t know if they’re sad or happy or nothing,” Debra Morris said. “I don’t consider them our cousins. I consider them my son and daughter.”

The Morrises said they are hoping CPS will supply them with a list of the mandatory repairs so they can concentrate on those first.

If you’d like to help the Morris family, contact Debra Morris at bigmamamorris@gmail.com.


One Comment

  1. Stan Dunn&Susan Kimmell says:

    Jason and Debra , my Name is Susan Kimmel Dunn and my husband , is Stan Dunn .we would be interested in your situation and getting your children back in your home if we could meet with you maybe we can come up with some solutions . We have a house in Hamilton tx which is about an hour fifteen minutes from Lingerville.please let know if you would like to meet us and discuss some possible solutions,.


    1. Debra Morris says:

      Susan and Stan, the CPS case originates in Hamilton. Our Grandma, Edith Buster lives there with her son Jim Buster. Our 13 year old is Autistic and has Right Temporal Epilepsy. Julian and Bowan go to school in Dublin. We did not want them to change schools because it would really upset his world. We think that Alexis and Connor are in Hamilton, but we are not sure. What did you guys have in mind?


    where is the ” make over” tv show .? this is needed ,please somebody, help these peop[e..

    1. Jason Morris says:

      We have looked into the home makeover tv shows recently, before CPS removed the kids, and the process to be approved takes a long time. Much to long for our situation. But thank you for the thought.

  3. Leetha Sain says:

    Dearest Dedra:
    I was so mad when I heard your story last night at CPS. I and my husband would like to help if we can. We live in Cleburne. We live on one income. I would like to look into business , church, organazations and or people that can and will help ASAP. I know your stiuation has an urgency to it. I would like to come see your house if you would consider allowing me and my husband to do so this weekend after he gets off work. I do have a few skills with remodling and have friends and family I could ask to help but I would need to know specifics as to the spects needed in order to do the improvements to CPS standerds.
    If you are intrested in letting us see if we could be of some help contact me 817-903-0718.
    You and your family are in my prayers
    Leetha Sain
    Cleburne Texas.

  4. Mendy Beyer says:

    Hi Debra, I actually have cut your hair before at the salon in walmart, several years ago ! Im so sad to hear about cps ! I live right now the road from you between lingleville and huckabay. My husband and I would be willing to do as much work as needed. He parks his car at your house and car pools with another man and vise versa, I am wililng to do whatever is it i could possibly do and my husband as well ! If you would please email me at mendybeyer@yahoo.com and that way I can leave my phone number with you and we can figure something out ASAP !

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