Police solve 40-year-old child murder case

I found this article where it talks about how the police solved — or closed, depending on how you define it — a nearly 40-year-old case involving the death of an 18-month-old boy. Bradley Cuturia’s father, Thomas, was dying of cancer last year when the cops tracked him down and, from his hospital bed, persuaded him to confess to killing the child. He was very weak at the time and most of his confession consisted of nod-or-shake replies, or very short verbal answers, to questions. But it was a confession, and the police have enough evidence now to make a case against Thomas for murder. Except that he has died since then. He was 60.

Bradley’s mother, Cheryl, had always thought Thomas did something to Bradley, because she’d seen Thomas hit Bradley before when he cried. And he was in Thomas’s care that day when Thomas brought him to the hospital, critically injured, with the old “he accidentally tripped and fell and bumped his head and somehow wound up with this terrible skull fracture and all those bruises” story. Doctors back in 1971 weren’t trained on how to recognize child abuse cases, and they didn’t realize Bradley had been abused before, because Thomas brought him to a different hospital this time. So when Bradley died two days later, his death was written off as accidental. Cheryl and Thomas had some more kids and then she took the kids and left him. She said he was abusive to her as well.

For what it’s worth, Thomas was serving in Vietnam when Bradley was born, and when he came back he was only 18 and had no parenting experience at all, and Bradley didn’t think much of this stranger and cried and screamed all the time whenever he was around. Not the best introduction between father and son. But that’s no excuse to murder a toddler and lie about it for four decades.

Even though the police can’t file charges in this case, I’m sure Cheryl Cuturia feels much better that the police established the truth of the matter and everyone knows Thomas for the kind of man he really was: a baby-killer.

10 thoughts on “Police solve 40-year-old child murder case

  1. kevin blumer February 12, 2011 / 1:15 am

    well in law you have to have the evidence without the evidence you just dont have a case

  2. Sam February 16, 2011 / 11:47 am

    Most people who have cancer and are on their deathbed’s are pumped full of morphine to control the pain, which causes: anxiety; changes in vision; confusion; dizziness; drowsiness; fear; headache; incoordination; lack of energy; lightheadedness; loss of appetite; mental clouding; nausea; pinpoint pupils; restless mood; sleeplessness; sweating; weakness. So if some investigators come into your hospital room…while your sick…you know you are dying…you’re pumped full of morphine….Do you really thing he was in his right mind talking to strangers…I think the confession would be null! We all know how investigators ask questions…it gets confusing even with a good nights rest, good health, and no medications. So really, did they actually get a confession? I don’t think so. I think it’s investigators trying to get a case closed and found a good target.

    • Meaghan February 16, 2011 / 1:13 pm

      Many people dying of cancer or other illnesses, on their deathbed, are still lucid.

      I’m taking morphine right now. I’m quite lucid and in my right mind, capable of holding my own in a police interrogation (and I’ve been through a few myself) though not functioning as well as I might be.

  3. Sam February 16, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    Taking the pill form of morphine is much different than taking the morphine solution through a continuous drip. Each form of morphine and dosages result in different side effects. You may have no problem taking the pill form of morphine, however I guarantee if you took a high dosage of morphine through a drip you would be different. Every person is different and I know of several people who have had cancer and on morphine who are not lucid. Some can’t understand simple questions like, “Would you like butter on your toast?” Maybe the doctors and investigators should share more details to get everyone a better understanding of his mental status and ability. Don’t you agree? Before we make any judgements.

    • Meaghan February 16, 2011 / 5:09 pm

      Quite so, we shouldn’t make judgements when we don’t know everything. So we shouldn’t assume he WAS incompetent either.

      • Sam February 16, 2011 / 9:54 pm

        Your right. And it doesn’t mean he WASN’T either.

  4. John February 18, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    I knew Mr. Cuturia for many years (on the job and socially) and I am positive that he did indeed cause the death of his son. He was a bully and often had a sullen attitude. After his divorce from Ms. Cuturia he has several other relationships with women who also experienced his mental and physical abuse. Hooray to Ms. Cuturia for pursuing this and getting justice for Bradley. I hope his hell was knowing every moment of his life what he had done. The police most certainly got this one right!

    • Sam March 13, 2011 / 9:50 pm

      John, I’m curious to know where you worked with Mr. Cuturia???? Oh, and what state are you from?? Did he confess to you? I’m curious since you said you’re “positive that he did indeed”…to it. Oh, where did you work with Mr. Cuturia? See, I’ve also known him for several years. I find it funny you give Bradley’s mother so much credit. Why on earth would a MOTHER wait this long to do anything? I find it pathetic that she would do something right away….I mean…She married him…had Bradley…stayed with him…had 2 more children…divorced him over many many years ago…then waited until now to say something. A MOTHER would get justice right away. She’s known where he’s been for the last 40 years…so why wait until he was dying to start this charade? So a confused man who didn’t understand what was going on could get accused, because the MOTHER couldn’t come to terms with what had happened.

  5. Sam March 5, 2011 / 8:33 pm

    John, I’m curious to know where you worked with Mr. Cuturia???? Oh, and what state are you from?? Did he confess to you? I’m curious since you said you’re “positive that he did indeed”…to it. Oh, where did you work with Mr. Cuturia? See, I’ve also known him for several years. I find it funny you give Bradley’s mother so much credit. Why on earth would a MOTHER wait this long to do anything? I find it pathetic that she would do something right away….I mean…She married him…had Bradley…stayed with him…had 2 more children…divorced him over many many years ago…then waited until now to say something. A MOTHER would get justice right away. She’s known where he’s been for the last 40 years…so why wait until he was dying to start this charade? So a confused man who didn’t understand what was going on could get accused, because the MOTHER couldn’t come to terms with what had happened.

  6. Nicole December 5, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I find this completely appalling! Tom was my uncle. He is/was the oldest boy of seven kids. It was, Ann, Tom,my mom, Teresa, Cathy, Tony, Todd, and Karen. My mom and her siblings were very abused by their parents, mostly at the hands their mother who was a raging alcoholic. She continued this wonderful pattern for her grandkids.

    Cheryl and her kids were terrified of Tom. He would abuse all of them. It wasn’t until my mom left her abusive husband that Cheryl left. She and my mother were best friends growing up. Growing up we knew Brad died but were told he fell due to a brain aneurysm. Cheryl always fought to find out the truth of what happened to Brad. But Tom being who he was never told the truth. I doubt this confession. It fits this families pattern. There are many secrets in this family. This just happens to be one out on the Internet.

    I applaud Cheryl for everything she has done for Brad. She, Jason, and Jamie can heal. Let them. Stop fighting over my uncle and his damn actions. I’ve been a Cuturia for 34 years, how long have you known Tom, “Sam”? Because to me you sound like Todd and I can tell you some stories about that!

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