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Murder trial set for father charged in death of 2-year-old daughter

Megan Hix

By Megan Hix
Jan. 3, 2018 at 4:46 p.m.

Aaron Castile Bowling (Gregg County Jail photo)

A Longview man facing capital murder charges in the death of his 2-year-old daughter is set to go on trial Jan. 16.

Aaron Castile Bowling, 28, was indicted in February on charges of capital murder of a person under 10 years of age, according to court records. He is being held in Gregg County Jail under $2.15 million bond.

The indictment accuses Bowling of causing the death of Alanis Bowling through blunt force trauma. He had earlier been indicted on charges of injury to a child in relation to the same incident.

The girl's mother, Jamie Lee Nelson, 26, of Winona was also arrested on charges of abandoning or endangering a child through criminal negligence, jail records show. She was released on $50,000 bond on Dec. 31, 2015.

Bowling and Nelson waited about two hours before taking the girl to the hospital after an injury left her in a lifeless state, police said in arrest reports.

Bowling is charged with causing the injury that left "significant bruising" on the girl's face and head and ultimately caused her death Jan. 2, 2016.

Nelson's mother called police after Nelson sent her a photo of the unconscious child, according to the report. Nelson and Bowling told police the injuries were caused when the girl tripped, hit her head and started having seizures.

The trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the 124th District Court at Gregg County Courthouse.

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