Texas mom gets life in prison for toddler's 2014 stomping death

Tylea Moore

A North Texas woman has been sentenced to life in prison in the death of her toddler daughter.

Prosecutors in Fort Worth say 21-year-old Alexis Botello was convicted Friday of capital murder and evidence tampering.

Botello was age 17 at the time of the July 2014 death of her daughter, 18-month-old Tylea Moore, who was fatally stomped and beaten by Botello’s boyfriend. The child’s body was found buried in a small grave under a bridge near Springtown.

Botello’s boyfriend, Joshua Beard of Arlington, was convicted of murder in Tylea’s death and sentenced to life in prison in April.

He also received a 20-year-sentence for tampering with evidence to be served concurrently with the life sentence, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram previously reported.

Prosecutors say Botello failed to protect her daughter from Beard and received an automatic life term for capital murder, but because she was under the age of 18 when her child was slain, could be eligible for parole.

According to a 2014 search warrant affidavit from the Arlington Police Department, Beard was yelling at, pushing and shoving Tylea at his home in Arlington the night of her death. Beard also hit, pushed and yelled at Botello, who managed to get him to go to bed before putting Tylea in her room for the night.

Botello woke later that night to find Beard continued to beat Tylea, who was covered in bruises and bite marks, according to the affidavit, and Beard choked and hit Botello when she tried to stop him.

Beard threw the toddler onto a bed so hard that she bounced off and onto the floor, where Beard stomped her stomach until she stopped breathing and died, according to the affidavit. 

The next day, Beard and Botello put Tylea’s body in the trunk of their car and drove to Parker County, where they buried her, according to Weatherford Democrat archives.

A funeral for Tylea was held in White’s Chapel of Memories and she was properly buried in Memory Gardens of the Valley in late July 2014.

“She loved TV shows, especially Dora the Explorer and Sofia First, and really loved making wishes as she would blow on dandelions,” Tylea’s obituary states. “Tylea had a cute personality and loved everybody. She liked to dance and make silly faces and adored her ‘Lambie.’”