Suspected pipe bomber was foster father for 10 years

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - We have uncovered even more disturbing details about Larry North, the man charged in the suspicious device case. CPS says that the suspected pipe bomber was a foster father for nearly 10 years.

Everyone who knew North says they are completely blown away by this. One Henderson mom says her child is in the same class with Larry North's son. She wants her identity protected, but says the whole community is in disbelief because North seemed like a dedicated dad.

"The way he acted around his son or with his son, I would kind of guess he was father of the year, you know," said the mom. "[He was] always there at the schools. His son is very mannered and he's a good kid."

But, William Brown with the Rusk County D.A.'s Office says his actions would prove otherwise, putting the lives of his family in jeopardy.

"When they searched his house, they did find incriminating stuff there and that puts no only him but the whole family in danger," said Brown. "When you have children around it just increases the problem."

Brown has known Larry North for many years.

"His parents and my parents kind of grew up in the same community way back when," said Brown. "He rode the school bus with my wife, he and his brother."

He was just as surprised to learn that this father could have home made and planted more than 30 potentially explosive devices.

"You well know that he was a foster parent, that was a shock to the CPS and the foster parent program," said Brown.

A man who seemed to love children.

"In the 90's he called and wanted to participate in the syrup festival," said Suzanne Cross. "He had a barrel train for children."

Cross says he was only in the festival a year or two but seemed like a normal guy. Now, this father may miss watching his son grow up. CPS says north voluntarily closed his home to foster children in march of last year.

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