CBS 7 Exclusive: Mother of toddler killed by home explosion memorializes daughter

Published: Aug. 17, 2018 at 6:40 PM CDT
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The mother of a toddler killed by a Midland County home explosion is pushing forward with her own recovery, while grieving the loss of one of her young daughters.

The explosion happened on Thursday, August 9th, and sent a family of four to the hospital with critical burns.

Lucia Cereceres, the mother of Delaney Tercero, is in satisfactory condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Auden Tercero, the other adult inside the house when the explosion occurred, is also improving. Auden Tercero is listed in satisfactory condition.

Lucia Cereceres watched via Facetime from her hospital bed Thursday evening as loved ones released balloons to remember Delaney Tercero.

Delaney Tercero would have turned four years old on Thursday.

“My baby, she was a really good girl. I don’t know why this happened to my baby girl, but God wanted to take her early,” Cereceres said.

Delaney Tercero passed away on Saturday from injuries sustained by a home explosion.

A natural gas line explosion destroyed the family’s home on Thursday.

“You have to appreciate your loved ones when you have them. Because, you never know when we’re not gonna have them anymore,” Cereceres said.

Cereceres’ younger daughter, two-year-old Dalayza Tercero, remains at University Medical Center in Lubbock in critical condition.

“I recommend that you love your family right now that you have them. Because when you don’t have them, it hurts you,” Cereceres said.

Cereceres is also battling physical pain, as she remains on breathing tubing, with her arm fully bandaged.

The home explosion is still under investigation.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter told CBS 7 Friday that their office is learning more about the possible owner of the natural gas line.

Sheriff Painter said Targa Resources owned a natural gas line that ran underneath the home, and that Targa removed about 60 feet of line.

The company is currently testing that pipeline for leaks, according to Sheriff Painter.

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