Ex-boyfriend of mother accused of drowning children speaks

Man says there were no signs she would hurt her children

HOUSTON – The father of Sheborah Thomas' oldest son said she seemed normal the day before police said she killed her two youngest children, and there was no sign that she was going to hurt her other children.

"He lost his mother, brother and his sister all in the same day," said Thomas' ex-boyfriend, who wanted his identity concealed.

The man said he dated Thomas for about five years. They share a 12-year-old son who is her only surviving child.

"I’m so thankful my son is still alive because he could have been dead, too," the man said. "That’s my world. I don’t know what I would do if he died. I would have lost my mind."

Thomas, 30, was charged with capital murder in the deaths of her two other children, 7-year-old Araylon and 5-year-old Kayiana. Investigators said she drowned them Friday.

The man said Thomas called him to pick up their son the day before.

"She seemed fine, she was smiling, gave him a hug, told him she loved him and put him the car," he said.

After drowning them one by one in the bathtub, prosecutors said, Thomas threw the bodies in a trash can. Prosecutors said she tried to bury them the next day, but couldn't dig deep enough and instead stuffed them under her neighbor's home on Tierwester in Third Ward.

"I would have (taken) all of them until she got herself right,” her ex-boyfriend said. “When they told me what she did, that’s not the Peaches that I know. The Peaches I know ... would do anything for her kids.”

The ex-boyfriend said Thomas filed for custody of their son, and they were in the middle of the court case.

A relative said Araylon's and Kayiana's father is behind bars and taking their deaths very hard.

Thomas was being held without bond Tuesday in the Harris County Detention Center. She was expected to appear in court Wednesday.

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