A Houston-area woman is accused of stabbing her fiancé to death while two young children were in the same apartment.
Liliana Cervantes, 25, has just been arrested and charged in the death of Nathan Freeman, 32. Freeman died on March 20 in the apartment the couple shared on El Camino Real in the Clear Lake area.
According to Freeman's mom, Tessa, her son and Cervantes had been together for about two years. Their daughter is 6 months old.
"Since she is being charged, I want my grandbaby," Tessa Freeman said, speaking from her home in Lubbock, just hours after her son's funeral on Tuesday. "That is the only thing I have from my son."
Tessa Freeman said her son and Cervantes met over Facebook. Both had other children. The couple lived in Lubbock for a few months before moving to Clear Lake last year.
All seemed to be going well, Freeman said. Cervantes had picked out her wedding dress and that a ceremony was planned for the fall.
"My husband and I went to visit them for Thanksgiving, and they seemed perfectly happy. We had dinner with her parents and it was great," she recalled. "They just moved to the apartment. We had a great time."
But investigators now believe Cervantes stabbed Freeman multiple times while their baby and her 4-year-old were in the apartment. In her first probable cause court appearance, the video appearance shows Cervantes told police she blacked out during the stabbing.
"The officer stated that she woke up with water being splashed on her and the baby, and she blacked out again," read the hearing officer. "The next thing she remembers (is) trying to stitch the complainant up and calling 911."
Records show officers located a butcher knife and at least one other sharp-edged object in the kitchen. There were bloody footprints in the home. The autopsy report shows Freeman suffered three stab wounds, with one in his chest.
Cervantes is behind bars on $150,000 bond. The baby and other child are with Cervantes' family. Freeman said she's ready to fight for her son, and she wants custody of her granddaughter.
"I don't believe her. I don't believe anything she says. I think she was just making it up to try to cover her butt, so yeah, I got to get justice for my son now," she said.
A GoFundMe account for Freeman's funeral expenses has been set up.
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