A teen mother and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Joshua Markus Beard, went to Wal-Mart to purchase gloves and a shovel to bury their 19-month-old daughter, Tylea, after Joshua stomped her to death. Both of them have been arrested. Joshua is charged with murder while the child’s mother, Alexis Botello, is charged for tampering with physical evidence and injury to a child.
Joshua’s aunt reported the child missing to police on Sunday after she went to a hotel located in the 1900 block of West Pleasant Ridge Road in Arlington to check on Alexis. Joshua had been arrested on Saturday on unrelated charges and was unable to reach his 17-year-old girlfriend so his aunt wanted to make sure she was okay.
When authorities came to gather information on the “missing” toddler Alexis told them she had not seen her daughter in two days. Police said they never believed the child was missing and right away suspected foul play, according to Jeff Houston, an Arlington police sergeant. Just as police suspected, the truth finally came out and Alexis told them that Joshua “did not mean to do it.” He told her not to say a word; Alexis said she could not believe Tylea was gone.
This young mother told authorities that she and Joshua were fighting because he was pushing and yelling at the baby. Alexis told him to stop because the child was too young to understand. After awhile the Joshua went to sleep and she put Tylea to bed. In the morning when Alexis went to check on her daughter she told police Tylea looked horrible. She bite marks all over her body, bruises on her arms, legs, chest, ribs, the top of her feet and two cuts on her mouth.
Alexis said Joshua hit their daughter over and over before throwing her on the bed so hard that she bounced off and hit the floor. At that time he began stomping Tylea in the stomach until she started vomiting green stuff. Joshua and Alexis tried to perform CPR but they could not get her to breathe. After failed CPR attempts the couple put their 19-month-old daughter’s body in the trunk of the car, leaving the home they occupied together in the 2200 block of Polo Club Court and headed to Wal-Mart to pick up items for the toddler’s burial. They dug a hole near a bridge in Springtown, Parker County and buried the child’s deceased body.
Ricardo Botello, the grandfather of Tylea and father of Alexis, is dealing with a whirlwind of emotions. He is devastated that he will never see his granddaughter again.
She was perfect, she was a perfect baby. Tylea’s personality, it was a mystique, it was captivating, no one could not stop and stare. My daughter has blame. She deserves to be punished for what she’s done, there’s no other way to say it.
Lt. Christopher Cook of the Arlington police department said,
This is an unfortunate, tragic case. Number one, we thought we were dealing with a missing child. That already is unnerving for a community. But then, when foul play is suspected early on, it is just very traumatic for all of our officers, detectives and also all our crime scene personnel working the case.
Alexis and her boyfriend Joshua went to Wal-Mart to purchase gloves and a shovel to bury their 19-month-old daughter Tylea, after Joshua stomped and beat her to death. Both parties have been arrested. Joshua is charged with murder while the child’s mother, Alexis Botello, is charged with tampering with physical evident and injury to a child. Alexis Botello’s bail has been set at $125,000. In addition to previous charges for speeding and possession of marijuana, Joshua Beard is facing a capital murder charge. His bail has been set at $1 million. Chris Moore, the baby’s father, is a marine who went to school with Alexis.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)