Mom: Father Who Killed 3-Year-Old Son Was "Once A Good Person"

By: Lynnette Taylor/ April Davis
By: Lynnette Taylor/ April Davis

We've learned more about a father's past of domestic issues after he killed his 3-year-old son and himself Friday night at his home outside of Grifton in Pitt County.

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks and Captain Paula Dance say three women filed three domestic violence protection orders against 34-year -old Carey Adams Junior known as CJ. including the mother of his 3-year-old son Jesse.

Adams' estranged wife Christy told deputies C.J. loved his son even though she filed a domestic violence protection order against him in 2010. Two other women did too in 2001 and in 2002.

Authorities say between relationships, Adams tried to take his own life by shooting himself in the chest. Almost 10 years later, his wife Christy Adams filed an restraining order against him, when Jesse was about a year old. She later dropped it. Authorities say, Adams received anger management counseling, but he and his wife still separated. Temporary custody was issued June 15th for unsupervised custody every other week. Which is why Jesse was with his father Friday night at his home outside Grifton, the night CJ killed himself and Jesse.

Pitt County Victim's Advocate Sharon Singleton has been by Christy's side since C.J. killed their son.
"Christy doesn't want us to put blame on C.J.," said Singleton.
"She doesn't want everyone to make him out to be the worst person that ever walked the earth. She wants us to know that once upon a time, he was a really good person. He had a very sweet little boy."

A sweet little boy family members hope people remember more than the crime itself. Sheriff Elks says he hopes to look at this case and then sit down with those who make decisions on child protective services and domestic violence cases in order to keep other families from suffering from a tragedy like this.

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