Suspect’s mother shares account of day 3-year-old was killed

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As Metro Police reveal more about how a 3-year-old boy died more than a week ago, the mother of the man charged in the boy’s death is speaking out. 

Twenty-year-old Cassie Smith and her boyfriend, 40-year-old Joshua Oxford, are accused of abusing and killing Smith’s three-year-old son, Daniel Theriot. 

Cassie Smith’s arrest report, released Monday, details the day of Daniel’s death, before he was falsely reported missing at Sunset Park. The report includes accounts from Smith, Joshua Oxford, and another adult who had contact with little Daniel that day — Kathy Evans, Oxford’s mother.

8 News NOW reporter Darlene Melendez spoke with Evans, who says that Saturday was the first time she had ever met Daniel and his brother, just hours before Daniel’s death.

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