Father charged with severely beating 1-year-old daughter while teaching her to walk

Anthony Williams charged with injury to a child and he was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility. (Photo: El Paso County Detention Facility)

A father was arrested after police say he critically injured his 1-year-old daughter when he beat her while teaching her to walk.

The incident happened on Friday morning at 12261 Tierra Canada Drive in far east El Paso.

Officer responded to the family violence call and when they arrived, they found the toddler unresponsive.

The child was being treated by emergency crews with the El Paso Fire Department and then taken to University Medical Center, where her injuries are said to be life-threatening, police said.

Her father Anthony Williams, 27, reportedly hit the 1-year-old several times because she kept falling while he was teaching her to walk, investigators said.

Some neighbors tell KFOX14 that they didn't know Williams or anyone in the home well.

"He just seemed like a typical father. There wasn't anything that was a warning," one neighbor told KFOX14.

"All we ever heard was them arguing like a couple," Daniel Meza, a neighbor, said. "There was ever nothing further than that."

Some neighbors said once they saw a EPPD Mobile Command Center arrive at the scene, they knew something was wrong.

"Maybe it was a misunderstanding or a mistake or something like that," a neighbor said. "But, I guess this is the times we live in where things happen."

"You know just to think that any child was in danger, it's really shocking and horrible to hear," another neighbor said.

Many neighbors told KFOX14 people keep to themselves in the Tierra Canada area. Some wish that would change.

"You never know what problems that individual may have," a neighbor told KFOX14.

"That one statement that you may make to him or her; that could brighten up their day so something like this won't happen."

Williams was charged with injury to a child and jailed under a $750,000 bond.

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