What would you do if you walked into your toddler's bedroom in the morning and found her beaten, bloody, bruised, and dead? Would you call the police, scream, cry, sink to the ground, and wail uncontrollably? Probably all of those, if you're most moms. But if you're Alexis Botello, you allegedly drive to a store with your boyfriend, buy a shovel, and help bury your baby. Botello, 17, has been charged in connection with the brutal death of her child, 19-month-old Tylea. Her boyfriend, Joshua Markus Beard, has been charged in her death.
Botello, of Texas, reportedly told police of an absolutely grotesque scene: Her boyfriend of a few months, Beard, abusing her baby so hard that "green stuff" started coming out of her mouth as he stomped on her stomach.
Botello claims she tried to get Beard to stop beating her baby, but then he would turn on her. No word why she didn't grab a kitchen knife and finish the job on him, that's what I would have done.
Botello said she then put the baby to sleep in her crib and, the next morning, found her covered in bruises, bite marks, and cuts. The baby was dead.
At this point, Botello allegedly drove with her boyfriend to a store, purchased a shovel, and buried Tylea in a hole in the ground. The child was only discovered missing after Beard's aunt called police when she couldn't find the baby.
A mother is put on this Earth to protect her children, end of story. It's horrific when you hear these stories of women choosing their boyfriends -- some they barely even know -- over the children who love them. They choose people who don't love them over the ones who really do. I will never understand it.
Poor little Tylea didn't stand a chance, and allegedly she died in the most brutal way imaginable. She should have been able to count on her mom to help her. She could not.
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