Police Arrest Father Of Dead Fort Worth Toddler

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Fort Worth have arrested the father of 2-year-old Jazmine Howard, the toddler who died last week at her home under suspicious circumstances. Authorities said that it appeared as though the girl had been dipped in a hot liquid.

Howard was discovered late on March 15 in the 1800 block of South Edgewood Terrace. The incident was initially reported as a drowning, but as the investigation unfolded, police soon learned that this case could be much more severe. Howard had had suffered a rather painful death, with visible signs of trauma on her body, police said. “The preliminary investigation has revealed the child did suffer immersion burns,” said Sgt. Pedro Criado.

Police questioned Howard’s family, but had been unable to locate the girl’s father, who was supposed to be watching the child at the time of her death. The father was identified as 25-year-old Charles Bellamy. He fled the scene before police arrived, and had been named a ‘person of interest’ in the case.

Bellamy was also wanted on an unrelated family violence charge.

Authorities had been following numerous leads throughout Texas and Oklahoma in an attempt to find the father, and said that they were nearing his arrest. But Bellamy surrendered to police on March 22 without incident, at the advice of his lawyer.

Joy Howard, the 2-year-old’s mother, talked to CBS 11 News last week. She and other family members are convinced that Bellamy killed the little girl. “She was my life. My life has been taken from me,” Joy Howard said. “I don’t get to hold my baby any more. My baby has been taken from me. He deserves to feel the same pain I feel, and nothing less.”

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has still not determined the official cause of Howard’s death.


One Comment

  1. Lisa says:

    Why was the 2 year old left with the father anyways when he already was wanted for an unrelated family violence charge? Seems like violence must run in his blood,

    1. T wood says:

      U know what i actually know the guy and his whole family he was from oklahoma so yall can stfu i dont think charles has killer insticts he wouldnt do that say you all white folks can just get on youtube and talk about something else loosers

      1. T wood says:

        actually charles lil brother was my best friend his mom is one of the nicest ladies i know so just shutup

  2. billy says:

    Don’t worry, he will get 6 months in jail and be back out on the street before you can guess who his next victim will be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. ladonna says:

      they going to kill his ass he is not going to do just 6 months. its over for him in the pin.

  3. antony says:

    i grew up wit this l;ow life he was alway messed up i hope he has fun in his cell block hahahah

    1. T Wood says:

      U grew up with him huh so ur from lawton oklahoma i figure out who u r were going to have a talk u prolly know me anyway buy my name so lawton a small world

  4. lil d says:

    ha ha dumma thats what u get for beating up on gurls and kids pay your child support too in lawton and fort worth

  5. ladonna says:


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