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Life in prison without parole for foster mother accused of murdering two-year-old Alex Hill

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TEXAS (WITI) — She would have turned four years old this past Friday, November 7th. But instead of celebrating their little girl’s birthday, Alex Hill’s parents were in court, as a judge handed down a life sentence for murder to Hill’s foster mother.

Alex Hill was killed in July of 2013, when she was just two years old.

The Houston Press reports Hill’s death occurred at the hands of her foster mother, 52-year-old Sherill Small.

Hill went into foster care in early 2013, after Hill’s father revealed to child welfare investigators that he had smoked marijuana while the child was in bed at night — according to the Houston Press.

The Houston Press reports in Texas, using marijuana goes against child welfare policy, and thus, Hill’s father had broken the law. This, combined with Hill’s mother’s frequent seizures led child welfare workers to place the little girl in foster care.

Hill’s parents had concerns with the little girl’s first foster home after the Houston Press reports her parents discovered bruises on the little girl, and they refused to give Hill back, despite the threat of jail time — asking that she be placed in a different home.

Sherill Small became Alex Hill’s second foster mother.

It was July 29th, 2013 when Alex Hill’s father, Joshua got an urgent telephone call. Alex Hill had been hospitalized. When Joshua Hill got to the hospital, he found his daughter on life support. He had no choice but to say goodbye.

The Houston Press reports eventually, Sherill Small admitted to slamming the toddler onto the floor of her home — but she said that was an accident that occurred when she was playing a game with the girl.

Ironically, the Houston Press reports an investigation into Sherill Small and her husband, Clemon Small revealed Clemon Small had a criminal history — including multiple drug charges for marijuana. Additionally, the Houston Press reports in the couple’s foster care application, Clemon Small described himself as a “recovering crack cocaine addict.”

Not only that — a third-party agency that provides foster homes to the Texas Child Protective Services system was found to have more than 100 “deficiencies,” or violations of standards, at 56 of its foster homes.

Alex Hill’s autopsy revealed she died when her head struck the floor so violently it led to hemorrhaging — and that autopsy also revealed Alex Hill suffered bruising throughout her body.

Sherill Hill was convicted of a capital murder charge, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

CLICK HERE for much more on this story via the Houston Press.

CLICK HERE to access the Justice 4 Alex Hill Facebook page.


  • 420 Med Cannabis (@420MEDsmoker)

    This is the most disgusting story of 2014. Marijuana doesn’t kill but Marijuana Prohibition does and it’s brought to us by a self righteous Nanny State out of touch with the majority of Americans. That the State is removing kids from homes of marijuana participants is just totally disgusting. Please vote to save our children from prohibitionist who seek to save them from themselves.

  • Bella

    Are you kidding me they take her out of her home because of marijuana and the fact that her mother has seizures. She was being abused she was apparently being cared for by the parents because nothing was mentioned to the fact of any kind of abuse or neglect.So instead of being at her home where she was safe they give her to some recovering crack addict.Words from the foster parent so it’s not like someone made it up about the foster parent.It came from his mouth.They should have never been able to be foster parents.Children are more likely to be physically, mentally and sexually abused in foster homes.The are suppose to protect the children that they say are in danger.I do agree some children should be removed but not for marijuana. For abuse of any kind or neglect I agree.Then only to remove childrrn that are already being abused to put them in a place where they say is safe only to be victimized again.CPS IS A JOKE,I know I was taking for cps and my siblings as well.We were split up my brothers were abused in several different foster homes.All of us were taking from a home that was bad enough and only to have it happen to us again.Why remove kids if you can’t keep them safe the way they should be.CPS LIES AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR EVERY CHILD THEY HAVE HELP HURT.THEY SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH HELPING MURDER THE CHILDREN THEY TAKE AWAY AND FAIL TO PROTECT.HOW DO THEY SLEEP AT NIGHT?They all will have to answer to god one day.If I were the parents I would sue everybody amd anybody who failed to protect Little Alex she was robbed of her life.I know suing them will not bring her back or stop the pain they need to be held accountable.It’s about time we have lawyers that will stand up to cps.Everyone wants to turn a blind eye to this NEEDS TO STOP.My prayers go out to the family.I feel so sad for her parents may god bless them.My heart goes out to her family.

  • Sheesh

    Boy oh boy this poor little girl lived two years of hell…..shuffled around between her bio-parents and foster parents. CPS did nothing more than feed her to the lions. Shame on them! They too should be answering for it! They are worthless P>O>S> RIP little Angel.

  • T Stone

    This little angel’s short life was hell, but she in heaven for eternity. A place where none of the worthless adults who failed her will share in.

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