Texas man beat 2-year-old daughter to death for interrupting his computer game

Texas man beat 2-year-old daughter to death for interrupting his computer game
(Mugshot: Watauga Police Dept.)

A North Texas man beat and killed his 2-year-old daughter because she distracted him from his computer games, police said.

Anthony Michael Sanders, 31, was charged Friday with capital murder in the December death of Ellie Sanders at the family’s suburban Fort Worth home, Watauga police told the Star-Telegram.

Investigators believe an enraged Sanders bruised Ellie all over her body, bit her on her back and murdered her by holding her down with his hand over her face, Watauga police Sgt. Jason Babcock said in an interview with the newspaper.

“He’s very involved in computer gaming…That’s something he did constantly,” Babcock said. “She may have interrupted him somehow. His day may have been interrupted.”

Tarrant County medical examiners ruled earlier this month that Ellie’s Dec. 12 death was a homicide by asphyxiation, and Watauga police arrested April 15, the day after the finding, inmate records show.

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