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July 8, 2014

Toddler's body found in creek grave

PARKER COUNTY —

A 17-year-old Weatherford mother said she helped bury her 18-month-old daughter under a bridge in northern Parker County after watching her boyfriend beat and stomp the girl, killing her, according to Arlington police. 

Authorities Monday reportedly recovered the body of a toddler believed to be Tylea Moore under a bridge in the 1900 block of Sarra Lane. 

The girl’s mother, Alexis Botello, reportedly told detectives that she and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Joshua Markus Ryan Beard, buried the girl, who was wearing a diaper and was wrapped in a blue blanket. She said Beard marked the creekbed grave with logs and rocks. 

Beard remained in the Arlington Jail Tuesday morning with bond set at $1 million on a capital murder charge. 

According to a search warrant, Beard’s aunt contacted police July 6 when Tylea’s mother, Alexis Botello, apparently lied to her about where the child was located. 

When Arlington police arrived at the hotel where Botello had been staying, Botello initially told officers that she didn’t know where Tylea was, then said that Beard had killed her daughter two days prior, on July 4. 

According to police, Botello told officers that Beard had been pushing and yelling at Tylea and that he yelled and hit Botello when she yelled at him to stop, that she was just a baby. 

She reportedly said she told Beard he needed to calm down, that his abuse was getting worse and he was beginning to hurt them. 

After the three went to bed, Botello reportedly said she awoke in the night because Tylea was crying. She said she found Beard in Tylea’s room, hitting her daughter. 

Botello said she begged Beard to calm down and Beard went to bed, according to the detective’s statement. 

Around 9 a.m. that morning she woke up and went into the living room, where Beard reportedly told her she needed to get the “little demon.”

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