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Father charged for allegedly beating son (3) to death over potty training

Charged: Anthony Trakemon Powell
Charged: Anthony Trakemon Powell

Houston police say a father has been accused in the beating to death of his 3-year-old son after the boy had potty training accidents.

Harris County jail records show 24-year-old Anthony Trakemon Powell was being held without bond Tuesday on a capital murder charge.

His son Tristan died last Friday at a children's hospital in Texas, police said. 

Powell’s sister, 23-year-old Prosha Land, was charged with injury to a child by omission, records show. Investigators say Land witnessed the beatings and did nothing to protect the child. 

Court records show Powell on May 10 picked up his son from the boy’s mother in Jasper, Texas. 

Powell allegedly used his hands and a belt to strike the boy when the child wet himself.

He allegedly knocked him to the bathroom floor and he injured his head on another occasion, and routinely used beatings as punishment. 

"I'm tired of beating their ass and them not learning," he reportedly told his sister, according to court documents.

Land called 911 last Thursday when the boy had trouble breathing following the alleged beating

The little boy later died in hospital from trauma to his brain. He was suffering from swelling of the brain and multiple fractures, hospital records show. He also had injuries on his legs and abdomen.

Prosecutors also expect to charge him with injuring the dead boy's two year-old brother by beating him and scalding him with hot water.

It was only at the hospital did authorities notice the younger brother's injuries. Powell and Land had tried to conceal them with a blanket as Tristan was being treated for his severe injuries. 

The 2-year-old is recovering from his burns and is expected to survive.