A 20-year-old Army specialist at Fort Bliss has been charged with murder for the beating death of his two-year-old daughter because she soiled her diaper.
Dartarious Graham has been charged with capital murder after he called police to report that his daughter was unresponsive. It was later discovered that Graham unleashed a beating on the toddler that ultimately resulted in her death.
“Dartarious Graham became upset that his daughter had soiled her diaper and began to beat the child with a belt while he and the victim were in the child's bedroom,” a police report says.
Graham’s 19-year-old cousin Robert Franklin allegedly witnessed the crime and, “did nothing to protect the child and actually walked away while the beating took place.” He has since been charged with injury to a child by omission. Additionally, Elizabeth Graham, 23, the mother of two-year-old Peyton, was not home at the time of the fatal beating, but she too was arrested and charged with injury to a child by omission.
Dartarious Graham, along with his cousin and his baby’s mother, is being held at El Paso County Detention Center. Graham is being held on $250,000 bail and could face death if convicted.