Dallas, TX–A neighbor reports hearing Christopher’s repeated cries, ‘No daddy! No daddy! Stop daddy!’ Then the sound of running water could be heard for up to 30 minutes at a time. Christopher was later carried out of the apartment by medics…he was covered in bruises and vomit, he was soaking wet, he was unresponsive. Christopher Dotson, 6, was taken to Children’s Medical Center, where he died. ‘Daddy‘ was 24-year-old Anthony Beckett.
Beckett had only been dating Christopher’s mother, Erica Dotson, (Myspace) for a few weeks. (And the kid is calling him daddy? WTF?) He admitted to police, that during this time, he beat the child with his hands and with a belt. Another form of punishment was to put the child into the tub, run the water, and submerge Christopher’s head into the water for seconds at a time. Over and over.
Beckett said he began beating Christopher on Sunday and he beat him again after school on Monday. He whipped him repeatedly with a fabric and leather belt, all over his body. Christopher stayed home from school on Tuesday, I’m sure the poor little guy was bruised all over, and he got beat some more. Beckett took advantage of Christopher’s day off and spent the entire day beating the shit out of him…because he wouldn’t obey. He beat him with a belt, dunked him in the tub, hit him in the stomach, hit his butt until his hands hurt. He beat and tortured Christopher to death.
Neighbors heard the beating and the yelling continuing throughout the day. Why didn’t anyone pick up the damn phone when there was still a chance for Christopher? One neighbor, Donald Cook, stated to reporters that he ‘regrets not calling police, but had no idea how bad things were.’ Well Donald, now ya know.
Until an autopsy is completed on Thursday, Anthony Beckett is being charged with injury to a child. Based on the medical examiner’s report, the charges could be upgraded to capital murder…and I’m sure they will be. Anthony Beckett remains in Dallas County Jail on $1.5 million bond.
Court records do not say whether or not Christopher’s mother was home during the beatings, but you can’t tell me she didn’t know about them. She has not been placed under arrest and is not considered a suspect at this time. The investigation isn’t over yet though…
Thank you, Special2bme and penelopejo, for the tip in the forums.