ARLINGTON, Texas -
A man who lives in the south Arlington home where a child was reported missing is now charged with murder.
Joshua Beard, 20, was arrested Saturday on unrelated outstanding warrants and now faces a capital murder charge. The murder charge was added Monday afternoon.
The arrest warrant affidavit states Beard allegedly beat 19-month-old Tylea Moore by “hitting her with his closed fists, open hands and stomping on her with his feet."
Officers began searching a home in the 2200 block of Polo Club Court Sunday afternoon after getting a call about a missing child from the mother, Alexis Botello, 17.
But Botello’s story changed after questioning, and she eventually told officers that she was in the home when the July 4 beating occurred. Botello also claimed she was hit by her boyfriend, Beard.
According to a search warrant affidavit, when Botello woke up in the middle of the night to Moore crying, the toddler “…had bruises on her ribs, chest, arms, legs and even on the top of her feet. She also had bite marks all over her.”
That affidavit also says, “Beard picked Tylea up and threw her so hard on the bed that she bounced off and landed on the ground.”
According to that affidavit, Beard and Botello put the toddler’s body in a car and drove from Arlington to a Walmart, where they purchased gloves and shovels.
Officers found a toddler’s body under a bridge in Springtown, which is located in a remote part of Parker County. Arlington police declined to say it was Moore’s body, but said circumstantial evidence led them to believe it was the toddler.
Shovels were found hidden along the side of the road.
Police are considering filing charges against Botello for her alleged role in the incident.
“I was surprised to even find out,” said Beard’s neighbor, Stacy Fennell. “I didn't even know that there was a child living over there, so that was pretty shocking to me.”
Beard was not the father of the child and had been dating Botello for just a few months.
Botello had been staying in a room at an Arlington Studio 6 that Beard had gotten for her.
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