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Father charged with daughter's murder after she 'interrupted him playing a video game'

Mirror logo Mirror 25/04/2016 By Christopher Bucktin
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Police have charged a father with the murder of his two-year-old daughter after he allegedly smothered her to death after she interrupted him playing a video-game.

Detectives in Texas say Anthony Sanders killed Ellie Sanders in a "fit of rage" on December 12 while her mum was out of the house.

The 31-year-old of Watauga, had told his wife their daughter was asleep after she returned home around 8.30pm.

It was only when Ellie’s her five-year-old brother couldn’t wake her 30 minutes later she realised something was wrong, police say.

“He tried to wake her up and she wouldn’t wake up,” said Sergeant Jason Babcock.

“He went in there and told [his parents] that she was sleeping and wouldn’t wake up.”

Sanders’s wife believed Ellie was at first asleep telling her son to leave her to rest, officers have said.

But when she went to check on her daughter she realised she was not breathing and called 911.

The toddler was pronounced dead at the local hospital at 10.10pm.

According to an affidavit doctors discovered she had bruising on her body and her eyes, blood behind one ear and adult size bite marks.

Police determined she had been killed though by having a hand placed over her mouth.

“It was just a fit of rage-type deal, anger," Sergeant Jason Babcock added

“He’s very involved in computer gaming. That’s something he did constantly.

"She may have interrupted him somehow. His day may have been interrupted."

Sanders was arrested April 15, after a four-month investigation by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

They ruled the toddler was murdered.

He has been charged with capital murder and being held on $1million (£690,000) bail.

Five years ago court records show Sanders was charged with choking his children's mother, whom he later married, but a grand jury did not indict him.

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