Dad Charged With Murdering Son Over Potty Training

A father angry with his young boys because they weren’t potty trained has been charged with capital murder for allegedly beating one of them so severely he died of head injuries. Anthony Trakemon Powell, 24, could face the death penalty for killing his 3-year-old son, Tristan Powell. Prosecutors also expect to charge him with injuring the dead boy’s 2-year-old brother by beating him and scalding him with hot water. Prosecutors say Powell picked up his sons from their mother in Jasper on Mother’s Day, then brought them to stay with him at his sister’s apartment in southeast Houston. Upset with his boys’ progress in potty training, he allegedly beat them with his hands and a belt. “I’m tired of beating their ass and them not learning,” he reportedly told his sister, according to court documents.

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