A mother from Grifton, North Carolina has shared her haunting story of domestic abuse which took the life of her 3-year-old son in 2012. Christie Adams said the last words she heard Jesse say we're, “Mama, I’m going to die tonight.”
Adams talked to her son on the phone just before her estranged husband, C.J. Adams, shot him to death before committing suicide. Adams said she told her son she loved him before hearing the gunshot that took his life. Hoping that wasn’t the case, she called 911 for help, according to WRAL.
The 911 dispatcher asked her how she knew there was a gun to Jesse’s head.
“He said that my son is already dead and he’s getting ready to send me a picture. He made my son tell me that he was going to die,” Adams replied.
While police entered the mobile home where her ex-husband lived, Adams hoped they might bring her son back to her.
"I think she was under the impression that I was bringing her son to her... and that wasn't the case," Deputy Paramore told WCTI. "I immediately spoke to my lieutenant because I was thinking in my shoes, what if that were my child, I would want the opportunity to say goodbye."
Adams, now 34, is using her past to try to help others and to warn them of the dangers of domestic abuse. She recounts what it was like when she was still with her ex.
“He would always tell me I’m too fat, I’m ugly, I’m stupid,” Christie Adams said. When it got physical, she got a restraining order. “He grabbed me, choked me and he beat my head up against a microwave and a furnace.”
Still, she never thought he would do something like this.
According to WRAL, after the murder-suicide, the sheriff’s office applied for and received a federal grant for $800,000 to help prevent murders like this.
“There are so many women out there who are right now in my shoes, the shoes I wore a year ago, trying to get out but not knowing where to turn,” Adams said. “All we can do is try. We can push to prevent it, push to let people know what the consequences are.”
Adams now volunteers at a local Center for Family Violence Prevention.
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