A Houston man has been charged with capital murder in the death of his 3-year-old son last week.
Anthony Trakemon Powell, 24, allegedly beat his son, Tristan, repeatedly over a two-week period, the Houston Chronicle reported. Powell sometimes struck the child with his bear hand, and other times with a belt.
Powell picked up Tristan from his mother's house on May 10. The boy’s mother had agreed to allow Powell to take care of him for a while so that he could “get to know his son better,” according to KPRC.
But Powell became increasingly irritated with Tristan’s inability to make it to the toilet.
Powell told his sister, Prosha Land, 23, that he was “tired of beating their [expletive] and them not learning,” according to court documents cited by the Houston Chronicle.
Land admitted to police that she had witnessed repeated beatings. One of Land’s children, also interviewed by the police, said they saw Tristan being beaten on several occasions, KPRC reported.
The fatal assault occurred on either May 26 or 27, and it, too, was witnessed by Land.
According to the affidavit, Land “stated that she then saw [Powell] pick up [Tristan] 'like a rag doll' and strike him so hard on the head with his hand that he was knocked over and his head struck the tile flooring in the bathroom of her apartment.”
Afterward, the boy began behaving strangely and complaining of tiredness.
Early on May 28, Powell woke Land and said that Tristan was no longer breathing. He was rushed to the hospital, where surgeons operated on several skull fractures and brain swelling. Tristan was pronounced dead on May 29.
Powell has been detained without bond.
Land has been charged with injury to a child by omission, according to the Daily Mail. She is being held on $20,000 bond.