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Anthony Michael Sanders, 31, charged with the December murder of his two-year-old daughter

Texas man ‘bit and smothered two-year-old daughter to death in fit of rage after she interrupted his video games’ – Police

Anthony Michael Sanders, 31, has been charged with murdering Ellie Sanders, 2, who was found dead in December with bite marks
Police believe Sanders bit and smothered her after she disturbed his gaming, he gave no explanation for his daughter’s bruises and other injuries

A Texas man bit and smothered his two-year-old daughter in a ‘fit of rage’ after she interrupted his video-game playing, police say. Anthony Michael Sanders, 31, of Watauga, is alleged to have killed Ellie Sanders on December 12 while her mom was out of the house at an art show.
When mother Cassie Wright returned home at 8:30pm she was told Ellie was asleep; it was only 30 minutes later, when Ellie’s five-year-old brother found out that his sister wasn’t waking, that emergency services were called.

Two-year-old Ellie  bit and smothered by dad in a ‘fit of rage’ after she interrupted his video games
Mom: Mother Cassie Wright (left, with baby Ellie) was out when Sanders allegedly killed the two-year-old. She was told the child was sleeping until Ellie’s older brother was unable to wake her up

‘He tried to wake her up and she wouldn’t wake up. He went in there and told [his parents] that she was sleeping and wouldn’t wake up,’ Sgt. Jason Babcock, a police spokesman. told the Star-Telegram.

Thinking her daughter was just sleeping, the mother told him to let her rest – but Sanders went to check on her, and began shouting to call 911.
Ellie was pronounced dead in hospital at 10:10pm, but according to an affidavit, doctors found bruising on her body and fact – including bruising around the eyes – blood behind one ear and bite marks that could have come from an adult human.
She was ultimately killed, police say, when Sanders put his hand over her mouth and asphyxiated her.
‘Just a fit of rage-type deal, anger,’ Babcock told the Star-Telegram.
‘He’s very involved in computer gaming,’ he continued. ‘That’s something he did constantly. She may have interrupted him somehow. His day may have been interrupted.’
Gone: Ellie’s body was found with bite marks and bruises, police say. It took four months for the medical examiner’s office to rule her death a murder

Gone: Ellie’s body was found with bite marks and bruises, police say. It took four months for the medical examiner’s office to rule her death a murder

Sanders told police he was the only adult in the house before his wife came home, and that she had been fine 30 minutes before his wife returned – sitting up, watching TV and laughing.
He also said he’d changed her diaper around that time, and that he had no idea what caused her injuries.
He was arrested April 15, after a four-month wait for the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office, which ruled Ellie’s death a murder on April 14.
Ellie’s brother, now six, is being cared for by a relative.
In 2011 Sanders was charged with choking his children’s mother, whom he later married, but a grand jury did not indict him. He was charged with capital murder has been jailed on $1million bail.

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