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Father of girl who died in foster care speaks out

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The 2-year-old, who died while in the care of foster parents, was taken from her biological parents last November. Her father tells FOX 7 they were in the process of trying to get her back.

Joshua Hill is Alex's dad. He was engaged to Alex's mother Mary Sweeney. According to the Dept. of Family and Protective Services, there was a disagreement between them about which one could take care of their daughter better.

Hill tells us they had a "stupid" fight and their families decided involving CPS was the best course of action. Hill says their marijuana usage was a factor as well.

Hill says they eventually agreed to have Alex go to a foster home last November while they got their lives in order.

At the first foster home Alex went to, Hill says when he would see her, there were bruises on her arms and legs as well as mold in her diaper.

According to CPS, they investigated the matter and didn't find anything, but agreed to move Alex.

Hill says Alex has always seemed happy and healthy at this foster home that is until this week.

Hill tells us foster mother Sherill Small kept changing her story about what happened to his daughter.

"The first thing that she said happened was Alex was running the house towards the kitchen and she slipped and fell backwards and hit her head on the ground...bull****. Straight off the bat, bull***, there's no way in hell," Hill said. "Forgive my language, but I think that b**** lost her mind and slammed my daughter in the ground...and I think that somebody should do the same to her."

Hill says he occasionally got to see his daughter through CPS-supervised visits. He tells us about the last time he saw Alex last Thursday at McDonald's.

"We sat there and ate lunch together and played on the little playground that they've got there and had a good time. Spent just a little over an hour together just talking and playing, running around," Hill said.

"The sadness doesn't begin to describe how I feel. There's not a way to tell you how I feel...there's just not...sorry," Hill said.

Hill says he and Mary are working together to file suit against the state and the foster agency, Texas Mentor.

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