A Father’s Loss
For two years, Crystal Lee Coleman denied the father of her children any rights that he was granted in their custody agreement. She violated the court’s orders and left Chilton, TX to live with her boyfriend in Las Vegas, NV.
That was November 2008. Trevor and Leland were not yet a year old. As soon as possible, she cut all communication between herself and their father by accusing him of harassment. Any time he tried to contact her, she made up another lie to end the communication or insulted him and told him he didn’t deserve pictures or any right to see them.
Meanwhile, she told her new friends in Las Vegas, that she had permission to be there and that she was running from their father. She lived there for a year and a half.
During that time, she accused their father of harassing & stalking her. Many times she threatened to file restraining orders against the father to keep him from “snatching the boys”. A couple times, she called and offered to let him speak to the boys but then when it came time to talk to them, they were asleep, not feeling well, or some other excuse. During all of this, she was moving constantly to avoid being found.
On May 1, 2010, she returned to Texas and moved at least once a month if not two or three times a month. She started dating Lloyd Wayne Fulfer in the middle of May and has been dating him ever since. The father immediately asked her about seeing the boys, to which she provided three days that she would allow him to pick from as a start. A date and time was set up only for her to be a no-show. It turned out that she had moved out of the area prior to the dates she offered and never had any intent on letting him see his sons. Trevor and Leland have a little sister that they never got to meet and because of Crystal’s actions, they never truly got to know their father or most of that side of their family.
On October 31, 2010, it marked two years since Crystal allowed their father to be in their lives.
On November 26, 2010, around 1:30 AM, Trevor and Leland’s paternal grandfather received a call from Trevor and Leland’s paternal aunt Molly. Molly had been called by Trevor and Leland’s paternal aunt Donna. Donna had been contacted by Lloyd Wayne Fulfer. The paternal grandfather broke the news to the father. And for three hours, James Coleman and his family called the hospital, the sheriff, anyone that could tell them anything attempting to find out what had happened and if it was true. Two precious angels were stolen from this family because of the careless actions of their mother, her boyfriend, and his parents. The story that Lloyd Wayne Fulfer told the family was:
Crystal, her boyfriend, and the boys were living in a “guest house” on the same property as her boyfriend’s family. Crystal had put the boys to bed and returned to the “main house” to help clean up after dinner. Shortly there after, an explosion was heard and the “guest house” had exploded. Crystal tried to lift the roof off to get to Trevor and Leland and was injured.
Afterward, the father’s family felt concern for Crystal. It had just been an awful accident, not something intentional. They weren’t concerned about charges being pressed or anything of the like. They were grieving. Days later, the story changed.
The sheriff’s office released a different version of events. There was no guest house and main house; only a storage building and a trailer home. Furthermore, she had left Trevor and Leland alone for two hours in the storage building without checking on them. None of the adults involved had checked on them. Crystal had been injured but was no longer injured and had no permanent marks to show.
To make matters worse, Crystal and her boyfriend tried to exclude James and his family from the memorial service and the funeral. Before the father had any time to react, both had been planned without his knowledge or anything to do with him. Crystal attempted to get the bodies released to her so that she could proceed without him only to find that he had to sign papers to get the bodies released. At this point, instead of doing the proper thing, she told the funeral director and everyone that would listen to her that the father had no rights. However, coroner, sheriff, and justice of the peace knew differently as they’d seen the divorce decree & custody agreement. Eventually, the bodies were released in time for the funeral that the father and his family did attend.
The father held a separate memorial service at his church where his family was able to grieve for the loss of these two precious angels. Shortly afterward, Crystal sent James a picture of his sons’ ashes. James and his family were not able to give Trevor and Leland a proper burial because Crystal still has their ashes. Even in death, she keeps father and sons apart out of maliciousness and hate for James.
Since this, more evidence has come to light and a different story of events was released through the sheriff’s report, fire Marshall’s report, CPS findings, and autopsy report. Also via friends and family members that saw and heard directly from Crystal during the last three years.
Please read “27 Homes”, “A Few Questions Answered”, “Thanksgiving 2010”, “The Funeral” to find out more about this tragedy. And PLEASE sign the petition so that this family might get justice for Trevor and Leland.