DALLAS - Police records say a man arrested in the death of his girlfriend's six-year-old son admitted to beating the child because he wouldn't listen.
Anthony Beckett was arrested in the death of Christopher Dotson, who lived with his mother at the Southwind Apartments in the 9900 block of Brockbank Drive in northwest Dallas.
"I am hurt by it," said Heather Martinez, a leasing manager at the apartment complex. "It's really sad because he was a very happy boy."
Martinez said she knew both Dotson's mother and the young boy.
According to court documents, paramedics found the boy without any clothing and covered in vomit. Records state that Beckett told paramedics that the child "was in the tub as a form of punishment, meaning that he would dunk the child under water for seconds at a time."
Investigators said Beckett admitted to hitting the boy multiple times with a belt and kept him from school on Tuesday to beat him all day.
According to court documents, Beckett said he punched the child in the stomach and previously struck him on the butt with an open hand until his hands hurt.
Martinez said the mother never voiced any concerns.
"She didn't say anything," she said.
Apparently, the mother and Beckett had been dating for a few weeks.
"She was a very nice mom, hard working [and] always trying to provide for her son," Martinez said. "[She is] real friendly and nice, a nice mom."
A memorial fund has been set up by CSANT, which is where Dotson's mother worked. Contribution checks can be made out to "CSANT re: Dotson" and mailed to: CSANT Dotson Memorial Fund; 1320 Greenway Drive # 200; Irving, TX. 75038.