Anthony Trakemon Powell 24, is charged with killing one of his boys after his progress regarding potty training was unsatisfactory. The child was exposed to severe violence which ultimately concluded in his demise at a hospital, the morning after the beating took place.
The accused, father of two boys, picked up his sons from their mother, who lives in Jasper, and brought them to spend the weekend with him at his sister apartment in Houston. During the evening, displeased with how the potty training was going for his children, especially his eldest child, 3-year-old Tristan, Anthony Powell began beating the two young children.
The aunt of the children, Prosha Land, age 23, said that at one point during the night, the children were taken into the apartment`s bathroom, where they were beaten and scalded with hot water. She described their screams, as the worst she had ever heard. She also said that, her brother always complained that the children never learn their lesson despite him beating them.
Tristan was hit badly and when he fell, he hit his head on the floor of the bathroom. After the child woke up in the morning he said he had trouble breathing and an ambulance was called at the scene.
Witnesses to the moment in which Tristan was being taken by the ambulance, say that the father seemed fairly relaxed and that he was more concerned with counting his money than the well-being of his son. Tristan died at the hospital because of a skull fracture and brain swelling.
After the whole family arrived at the hospital, a police officer noticed that Tristan`s younger brother, who was wrapped in a blanked, had severe bruises and marks of being scalded with hot water. For the time being, the child is being treated for his injuries at the hospital and he is in a stable condition.
The mother of the boys said that she was notified by Anthony Powell, that Tristan was being taken to the hospital, but she got from his tone that the problem was a minor one and not life threatening.
The aunt of the children is now facing charges of injury to a child by omission and prosecutors suspect that other charges will be added to this list. Neighbors of Prosha Land were very much surprised to hear what took place in her apartment and they described her as a good mother to her three daughters.
As for the father, if the accusations turn out to be true and he is indeed convicted, he could be facing the death penalty.
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