Murder charges against a Forth Worth, Texas man have been dropped after the man’s 7-year-old son admits to being responsible for the 2015 killing. Anthony Michael Sanders, 33, was accused of smothering his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie Mae Sanders, to death in 2015.
According to Fox News, police accused Sanders of killing the toddler after she interrupted him while he was playing a computer game. He was accused of putting his hand over the girl’s mouth to smother her, according to the Associated Press.
Sanders has been in prison since 2016. Now, prosecutors in the case said the girl’s brother admitted to being responsible for her death when he was just 5 years old.
Since the start, Sanders claimed he found his daughter unresponsive after his son said he found his sister sleeping, and unable to wake up. Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the boy confessed to his mother that he hit his sibling with a pillow. Because the pillow was “too heavy” to remove from her head, it was left on top of her.
“He was unable to move the pillow. He said that the pillow was a rectangle and was heavy. It had something zipped inside which made the pillow heavy,” a notice filed in the case states.
The boy reportedly waited to saying anything because he was scared he would “get in trouble.” His father has always denied he was responsible for the killing.
Sanders’ lawyer Tim Moore told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Sanders was “elated” that the charge was dismissed.
An arrest warrant affidavit claimed Sanders’ daughter also had bruises on her body and around her eyes. She also had blood behind her ear and two bite marks on her back, which appeared to be from an adult, according to the report.
“That’s obviously up to the district attorney’s office,” Moore said. “It’s my understanding that it’s over; there will be no more charges coming out of it.”
[Photo: Tarrant County Lon Evans Correction Center]