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Items seized in potty training beating investigation

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Court documents reveal what the mother of a little girl told police about her death and what investigators took from an apartment as evidence.

Police said 19-year-old Janice Anthony called 911 from a cell phone on Sept. 10 around 10:40 a.m. and told dispatchers that her daughter wasn't breathing. She said she was attempting CPR in their second-floor apartment in southwest Fort Worth.

A search warrant affidavit indicates she told detectives she woke up and discovered 3-year-old Paris Howard was not breathing so she moved her to the bathroom to try to revive her.

Anthony also said her daughter had fallen down the stairs four days earlier, but that she didn't seek medical treatment for her.

Police said that story is inconsistent with bruises on the child's abdomen, face and arms.

The same document lists items seized from a separate apartment on East Berry Street including blankets, hand-colored pictures, duct tape, a gray extension cord, a belt and swabs of a stain from a bedroom ceiling.

Police would not elaborate on how the second apartment fits into the investigation.

Detectives have said Anthony beat the girl out of frustration during potty training.

She's being held on a charge of injury to a child with a bond set at $100,000.

The charges against her could be upgraded once a medical examiner rules on Howard's official cause of death.

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