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Mother of Toddler Beaten to Death Arrested: Arlington Police

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    (Published Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014)

    Police in Arlington, Texas, have arrested the mother of a toddler beaten to death after her body was found buried in Parker County.

    Alexis Botello was arrested on two charges Tuesday, according to Arlington police.

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    The 17-year-old mother of Tylea Moore is charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and injury to a child. Her bond is set at a total of $125,000.

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    Police believe Botello intentionally concealed Tylea's corpse, according to the search warrant affidavit.

    Botello's boyfriend, Joshua Beard, 20, has been charged with capital murder in connection with the child's death.

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    Beard's aunt had originally called police to report the toddler missing. As officers continued to investigate, though, they suspected foul play.

    Police believe Beard beat the toddler inside the house he shared with Botello in the 2200 block of Polo Club Court.

    Arlington police say Beard is accused of intentionally or knowingly causing Tylea's death "by hitting her with closed fists, open hands and stomping on her with his feet."

    The warrant affidavit says that Botello told officers her boyfriend, Beard, killed her daughter. According to the search warrant, the couple drove to Springtown in Parker County and "found a bridge in a remote area. They dug a grave and buried Tylea."

    Botello led investigators to the area where detectives found remains believed to belong to Tylea.

    The remains have yet to be positively identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office.

    It’s not immediately clear if Botello or Beard has an attorney.

    NBC 5's Julie Fine and Ray Villeda contributed to this report.