This is such a sad and cruel story here in Texas. Alysha Anderton left her daughter Jaylin in the care of Daniel and Ashley Schwartz on a very hot summer day in August in Odessa. Local police say that the child was not allowed to eat breakfast or dink anything at all and was forced to jump on a hot trampoline for a long period of time. Alysha Anderton spoke about her little girl’s death in a video.

"I was surprised it wasn't more than just dehydration because the little girl that I saw in the casket did not look like an 8-year-old girl. She was so, so tiny. She was so tiny," Anderton said. "The most important thing I needed to tell them was that I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry that I didn’t bring you back home like I promised you that I would."

The autopsy described the cause of death as dehydration and ruled it a homicide.

Police have charged Daniel and Ashley Schwartz with Capital Murder. Investigators found the temperature of the trampoline to be about 110 degrees; the ground temperature registered at 150 degrees, a police report states.

Odessa Police
Odessa Police

According to the Texas State Law:

Nine different kinds of homicide qualify as capital murder in Texas:

The victim is a peace officer or fireman acting under their lawful duty at the time of the offense;

The defendant intentionally commits the murder during the commission or attempted commission of a kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, obstruction or retaliation, or terroristic threat;

The defendant is paid to commit the murder or pays someone else to commit the murder;

The murder occurs during an escape from a penal institution;

An inmate, while incarcerated murders another A) who is an employee in prison operation, or B) with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination;

An inmate, while incarcerated for either capital murder or murder, A) kills another, or B) an inmate serving a life sentence or a term of 99 years for kidnapping, assaultive offenses, or aggravated;

The defendant murders more than one person A) during the same criminal transaction, or B) during different criminal transactions but the murders are committed pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct;

The defendant murders a child under six years of age; or

The defendant murders another person in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of the other person as a judge or justice.

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