Convicted Child Killer Out On Parole


19 years after the death of 3-year-old Terral Hall, his family has still not found peace. And tomorrow, Terral’s aunt and convicted killer will once again walk the streets as a free woman after serving her minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Beverly Holecek, Terral’s mother says, “Phyllis watched my kids their whole life, I would never have thought she would do what she did.”

Terral was reported missing the morning of April 26th 1997. After an extensive 8 hour search, the 3-year-old was found strangled to death in his grandmother’s basement. The boy’s aunt, Phyllis Comfort, later admitted to killing him.

Holecek says, “She never shed a tear. It was like oh well, people like that don’t change.”

After 19 years the family still finds it hard to visit little Terrel’s grave. His mother says the whole thing just shouldn’t have happened.

Holecek says, “He shouldn’t be there, he should be out here. He should’ve graduated, he should have a girlfriend, he should be planning his future. He’d be 22 years old and he never got to do any of that.”

Terral’s mother says the news of Comfort’s parole is unsettling. She worries for the safety of our community.

Holecek says, “She shouldn’t be free, anyone that can do that to a child should not be free, there’s no saying she’s not going to do it again.”

She says, “There’s no way for you to get on the computer and tell where she’s at, there’s no site for that. There should be a site for convicted baby killers if they’re getting out, the public needs to know where they’re at.”

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