Published On: Wed, Jul 9th, 2014

Texas teen mother, Alexis Botello joins Joshua Beard as murder suspect in death of toddler

Arlington, Texas authorities have apprehended the mother of a 19-month-old Tuesday in connection with the child’s death.  

Alexis Botello mugshot

Alexis Botello mugshot

Alexis Botello, 17, faces charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and injury to a child. Botello claims her boyfriend, Joshua Markus Beard, beat and stomped to death her daughter, Tylea Moore. The pair then bought shovels, gloves and other items to bury her body, according to court documents made available late Tuesday.

Botello initially told police she hadn’t seen her child for two days but eventually confessed that Tylea had been killed. She stated that Beard “didn’t mean to do it,” according to police records. She told police she tried to stop Beard, but said he started hitting her.

Botello’s bail has been set at $125,000. Beard, 20, faces a capital murder charge. His bail has been set at $1 million.

It was Beard’s aunt who contacted police on Sunday to report the missing child. The woman went to a local Arlington hotel to check on the girl and the baby.

Beard, who was booked into the Arlington jail on Saturday on unrelated charges, said he had been unable to reach Botello. The details began to unravel from there to implicate both the mother and boyfriend in the girl’s death.

From the onset, police believed that the child was not missing and suspected foul play, said Arlington police Sgt. Jeff Houston.

Joshua Markus Beard mugshot

Joshua Markus Beard mugshot

Beard detailed to polce that Beard was pushing and yelling at Tylea. “She told him to stop, saying that Tylea was just a baby and didn’t understand. Eventually, Beard went to sleep and Botello put Tylea to bed, but she told police when she went to check on the toddler in the morning, Tylea “looked awful” and had bruises on her ribs, chest, arms, legs and tops of her feet, according to police documents,” writes the Dallas News in a July 8 article.

The girl was reportedly covered in bite marks and had cuts on her mouth. Botello confessed that Beard hit Tylea “over and over again” and said he threw Tylea on the bed “so hard that she bounced off and landed on the ground at which point he began stomping on her stomach until she started throwing up green stuff,” according to police documents.

She said they both tried CPR on the toddler but she wouldn’t breathe.

Botello told police they put the toddler in the trunk of the car, picked up gloves and shovels from Walmart, and buried her in a hole they dug near a bridge in Springtown, Parker County.

“This is an unfortunate, just tragic, tragic case,” said Lt. Christopher Cook with Arlington police. “Number one, we thought we were dealing with a missing child. That already is unnerving for a community. But then, when foul play is suspected early on, it is just very traumatic for all of our officers, detectives and also all our crime scene personnel working the case.”

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