A Texas father severely beat and killed his two-year-old daughter, all because she interrupted him while he was playing computer games.
31-year-old Anthony Michael Sanders was charged with capital murder Friday in the death last December of two-year-old Ellie Sanders at the familyâ€™s home.
It’s believed that he became enraged and bruised her all over her body, bit her on the back, then murdered her by holding her down with his hand over her face.
Medical examiners ruled earlier this month that Ellieâ€™s December 12th death was a homicide by asphyxiation, and he was arrested April 15th, the day after the ruling. A judge thenset his bail at $1 million.
He’d been watching Ellie and his five-year-old son that day while his wife went to a show. The boy is said to have checked on his little sister in a bedroom after his mother came home around 8:30 p.m.
He tried to wake her up, but couldn’t get a response. He went back and told his parents.
Sanders then yelled for his wife to call 911 after looking at the girl, himself. Hospital staff pronounced her dead later that night. Child Protective Services has since placed her brother with relatives.
The reason detectives suspected foul play was because doctors had found fresh injuries when they examined the young girl’s body. She had what they call â€œraccoon eyesâ€ or bruises around her eyes, as well as blood behind her ear and two bite marks on her back.
Mr. Sanders couldnâ€™t explain her injuries away and claimed he had changed her diaper about 30 minutes before his wife had come home, explaining that â€œappeared fine and was up watching television in the bedroom laughing,â€ according to the arrest affidavit.
He, by his own admission, was the only adult that was in the home at the time the injuries were inflicted upon her.
If it’s any indication of his temper, he was arrested in 2011 on charges of choking his then-future wife, but a grand jury declined to indict him at the time.