Tarrant County

Watauga Man Charged in Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter

Anthony Sanders
Watauga Police

Watauga police have charged a man with killing his 2-year-old daughter after the medical examiner determined the girl's death in December was a homicide.

Police said they and EMS were called to a home in the 600 block of Fair Meadows Drive on Dec. 12 due to a child not breathing.

The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

Officers noted that the girl had bruising on her face, head and body, and during the investigation they learned the child's father, Anthony Sanders, had been caring for the girl and her 5-year-old brother while his wife – the children's mother – was away at an art show.

Police said Sanders was the only adult at the home during the time the injuries took place.

On April 14, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that the child's death was a homicide due to asphyxiation.

Sanders was arrested the next day on a charge of capital murder. He remained jailed in North Richland Hills on a $1 million bond, police said.

It was not immediately clear if Sanders has an attorney.

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