Ex-Central Texas high school player charged with capital murder

Fugitive task force officers arrested Rakeem Dory, 25, in Waco after getting a tip about his whereabouts. (Fox 4 Dallas photo)
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FORT WORTH, Texas (KWTX) A former Midway High School athlete now living in Fort Worth has been charged with capital murder in connection with the death of his daughter.

Rakeem Dory, 25, was arrested in Waco on a warrant issued on May 11, two days after the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of the girl’s death as homicidal violence and the manner of death as homicide.,

He was booked into the Tarrant County Jail Wednesday afternoon, where he was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bond, according to online records.

The charge stems from the of Zianne Essix, 4, who died just after 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth to which she was taken early in the morning on Feb. 17 after Dory called 911 for medical assistance, an arrest warrant affidavit says.

Dory told the 911 operator it appeared the girl was having a seizure and that her lips were turning blue, the affidavit says.

He later told an officer she had fallen from a slide about 16 hours earlier and had hit her head on the floor, the affidavit says.

Doctors, however, found severe bruising over the girl’s body, which they believed “were inconsistent with a single fall from a play slide” that was about 28 inches high, the affidavit says.

Her forehead had at least four circular contusions, the affidavit says.

Dory, the affidavit says, was “the only person with the victim at the time she sustained her injuries (and his) failure to provide a reason for the victim being injured that is consistent with the medical examiner’s findings and numerous inconsistencies of the events surrounding the victim’s injuries” clearly indicate “that Rakeem Dory is responsible for the death,” the affidavit says.