Anthony Powell, 24, a father, allegedly beat his 3-year-old son to death because of the boy’s high number of potty training issues and accidents.
Daily Mail reports that Powell was angered by the numerous accidents that the young boy was having at his Texas home. Using his hands and a green belt, Powell repeatedly attacked the child because of his lack of progress when it came to potty training after each accident.
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Powell allegedly told Prosha Nicole Land, his sister and the victim’s aunt, “I’m tired of beating their (expletive) and them not learning.”
The incident, which reportedly led to the 3-year-old boy’s death, occurred last week. The victim’s aunt and eyewitness of the attack, Prosha Nicole Land, claims that Powell hit the boy so hard that he fell to the ground.
“He then reportedly picked up his son… ‘like a rag doll’ and smacked him on the head, causing him to land on the tile floor with a loud crash.”
According to Click2Houston, Land claimed that the young boy started exhibiting unusual behavior after that beating. For instance, he reportedly wanted to lay down on the floor instead of being held as usual. He repeatedly said that he was tired, but she did not want to him to sleep due to the fear of him not being able to wake up.
Last Thursday morning, Anthony Powell woke Land up out of her sleep to let her know that the young boy was no longer breathing. When Land examined the boy and noticed that he was wheezing, she assumed that he was having an asthma attack. When he did not respond to the treatments, she called 911.
The young boy was rushed by paramedics to Texas Children’s Hospital. Doctors reportedly determined that he suffered from multiple fractures and swelling in his brain.
Reports confirm that he was pronounced dead on Friday night at 11:30 p.m.
The young boy was initially turned over to Anthony Powell by his mother, who lives in Jasper, Texas. Click2Houston reports that, according to court documents, she allowed Anthony to spend time with him so that he could get a chance to know his son better.
Powell was charged with capital murder of a child under 6-years-old. His sister, Prosha, was charged with injury to a child by omission since she knew about the attacks but did nothing about it.
While Anthony Powell is being held in custody without bond, his sister is reportedly in jail on a $20,000 bond.
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