Mom Says Strangled Cleburne Teen Had Mental Issues

GRANBURY (AP) – The mother of a detained North Texas boy who died after allegedly putting a sheet around his neck during a tug of war says he had mental health issues.

Tonya Hernandez says she sought psychiatric help for 14-year-old Jordan Adams of Cleburne.

Police and probation officials are investigating what happened Oct. 10 when Adams allegedly played tug of war with another youth at the Granbury Regional Juvenile Justice Center. Adams, found unconscious in his cell, died Sunday at a hospital.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Tuesday reported that Adams was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity and mood disorders.

He spent 10 days at the center after allegedly pulling a knife on his 17-year-old brother. Hernandez says Adams returned to the center this month after a fight on a school bus.

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  1. RussP says:

    I don’t know about the character of this boy but unless one of his mental disorders was being suicidal, this sounds like a possible case of homicide at the hands of another inmate yet there is no mention of an investigation.

  2. TNT says:

    Who cares? Pulling a knife on his brother and fighting on the school bus… sounds like he was a real winner. He probably saved the taxpayers a lot of money.

    1. RussP says:

      Actually, you should care. It is your tax dollar paying for this juvenile facility, the charter school located inside of it and if there is a lawsuit, it is your tax dollar paying the settlement. Wouldn’t you like to know your money isn’t paying for a poorly run facility?

      1. Austin Powers says:

        The facility is owned and operated by a private company. That was pointed out in an earlier article. There are no tax dollars involved.

  3. YRofTexas says:

    It leaves me to wonder sometimes if it is more of a matter of parenting issues, not mental. His poor behavior may have caught up with him. If his parents would have sought counseling for parenting, perhaps their son could have learned how to better control his impulses, anger and poor communication issues.
    Its sad that his life was not handled in a more appropriate manner, rather than the ‘answer’ falling on some chemical med.
    The “what if’s” just go round and round.

  4. LAURA says:

    PEOPLE THAT KNOW NOTHING SEEM TO HAVE A LOT TO SAY. PEOPLE THIS CHILD WAS BORN INNOCENT, AND WHAT HE LEARNED HE LEARNED FROM OTHERS. AND AS USUAL PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THINGS THEY HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT. LEAVE THE BOY ALONE. STOP SLAMING THE DEAD.

  5. kathy says:

    I have a 6 year old boy who is adhd and is VERY defiant and violent. He is always picking fights with playmates at home. He has been tested by a psychiatrist on how long he could stay at one task and it was 3 minutes tops. When he gets angry if he don’t get his ways he will pick up anything and throw it, punch, pull hair. We have had him in behavioral therapy for nearly 2 years and is on a new med. We try to distract him when he gets into the bad moods but rarely does that help that makes him angrier. But on the flip side…. he loves to help mom around the house cleaning. So don’t slam the boy it’s not his fault nor his parents fault.

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