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Texas Man Charged In Brutal Death Of Girlfriend’s Toddler

A 20-year-old Texas man has been charged with capital murder in the brutal beating death of his teenage girlfriend’s 18-month-old daughter.

Joshua Markus Beard (Jail photo)

ARLINGTON (July 8, 2014) Joshua Markus Beard, 20, remained in custody Tuesday, charged with capital murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter, whose body was buried under a bridge in Parker County.

A search warrant affidavit says Tylea Moore was killed on Friday in Arlington at the home Beard and the girl’s mother, Alexis Botello, 17, shared.

Police were called Sunday to investigate after relatives could not find the child.

The affidavit says Beard hit the toddler with his fists and open hands and then stomped on her, calling her the “little demon.”

At one point, Beard, picked up the girl and threw her on the bed with such force that she bounced off and landed on the floor, the affidavit said.

Then Beard began stomping repeatedly on the toddler’s stomach, the affidavit said.

Botello told investigators her daughter had bruises and bite marks all over her body and cuts on the mouth, the affidavit said.

She and Beard attempted CPR after they realized the toddler wasn’t breathing, but could not revive her, the affidavit said.

Beard then put the girl’s body in the trunk of Botello’s car and the two drove to a Walmart store in Weatherford to buy gloves and two shovels.

The girl’s diaper-clad body was wrapped in a blanket and buried near Springtown, about 40 miles away.

Beard was served with the arrest warrant Monday in jail, where he was already held after his arrest on Saturday on drug and traffic violations.

His bonds total more than $1 million, according to online records.

Botello was arrested Tuesday night on warrants charging tampering with evidence and injury to a child.

Her bonds totaled $125,000.


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