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Sanger man indicted in boy's beating death

A Denton County grand jury has returned a capital murder indictment against a Sanger man in the beating death of a 3-year-old Bowie boy whom he was baby-sitting while the boy's mother delivered her third child.

Curtis Leon Copeland, 26, now awaits trial in the March 31 death of Jesse Fisher.

The Denton County district attorney's office has not decided whether to seek the death penalty or life in prison without parole on the charge, which is capital murder of a person under 6 years old, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said Monday.

Bruce Isaacks, a former Denton County district attorney who is Copeland's court-appointed lawyer, could not be reached to comment Monday.

Copeland remained in the Denton County Jail on Monday with bail set at $500,000.

The grand jury also indicted Jesse's mother, Sharon Worthy, 20, of Bridgeport on a charge of injury to a child/recklessness.

Worthy remains in the Denton County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The indictments were handed up June 17.

Numerous injuries

Authorities reported that at about 6:30 a.m. March 30, Worthy left her sons, Jesse Fisher and Malachi Yeley, 1, alone with Copeland at the Denton County residence he shared with his father while she went to a Bridgeport hospital for scheduled induced labor.

Worthy and her two sons had been living in Bowie, according to Denton County authorities and court documents.

The baby, named Arian Lee Worthy, was born about 5 p.m.

While Worthy was in Bridgeport, an ambulance was called for Jesse, whom Copeland said he found unconscious on the floor.

Jesse died March 31 at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. Medical personnel alerted authorities that the child had numerous injuries and had been sexually assaulted, authorities have reported. Worthy and Copeland were the only people who had cared for Jesse alone recently, and their accounts of his injuries differed, authorities said.

The boy had a head injury, a broken vertebra, a broken hip and bruises all over his body, officials have reported. When authorities checked on Malachi, he had a "busted lip and a bruise on his bottom," according to a CPS petition.

Arian and Malachi are in foster care, CPS officials said.

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