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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) - A $1 million bond has been set for a 25-year-old father charged with murdering his 2-year-old daughter.
On Monday, Deontray Flanagan, 25, picked up his daughter from day care & led police on a chase, which turned into a standoff.
ABC13 spoke to the mother of 2-year-old Zevaya Flanagan, who is haunted by her daughter's last moments alive, which she watched on FaceTime during the police pursuit.
"She was on his lap & she was gasping for air & he had his arm around her neck squeezing tighter," Kairsten Watson, Zevaya's mother, recalled. "He said, 'This is what you made me do. All you care about is that man.' I (was) telling him, 'No. Stop, please. This is your daughter. She loves you,' & he's still doing it."
The chase ended after Flanagan crashed into other cars & stopped in a field, sparking a standoff. SWAT officers surrounded the vehicle & after about 20 minutes, Sheriff's moved in. The toddler was taken to the hospital, where she died.
Flanagan hit his daughter with & against a blunt object & also choked her to death.
Watson is frustrated officials waited to move in when she says every second mattered.
"I am telling the officers, 'look at this FaceTime, move in, move,'" Watson said. "They sat there & said they have to get everyone ready & they have to put on their shields & all this extra stuff like he wasn't killing her on this FaceTime call. They waited at least 20 minutes to move in."
Flanagan's criminal history also dates back to 2017. He was charged with evading arrest nearly 6 years ago.
In 2018, Flanagan was charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member & sentenced to 30 days in jail. During the same year, he was also charged with criminal mischief for driving a car into someone's home. Records show he is still on probation for that charge.
A GoFundMe has been made to help the family with funeral expenses.
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