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Augusta mother charged in toddler's drowning

Jackie Riccardi/ Staff
Richmond County authorities at the scene where a 2 year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:28 AM
Last updated Thursday, March 22, 2012 1:48 AM
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The mother of a 2-year-old boy found dead in a south Augusta swimming pool Wednesday was charged with involuntary manslaughter, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Lisa Stocker, whose 2-year-old son was found dead in the family's backyard pool, admitted she was asleep and not attending to the needs of her youngest child.  SPECIAL
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Lisa Stocker, whose 2-year-old son was found dead in the family's backyard pool, admitted she was asleep and not attending to the needs of her youngest child.

Lt. Blaise Dresser said Lisa Stocker, the mother of Daniel Stocker, admitted to investigators that she was asleep “and not attending to the needs of her youngest child.” Lisa Stocker became aware of Daniel’s disappearance only after a neighbor alerted her to the family’s dogs running loose in the neighborhood, Dresser said.

Stocker, who also was charged with misdemeanor deprivation of a child, was booked into the Richmond County Jail.

Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said Lisa Stocker was home alone when the boy was reported missing around 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The child’s father was out of town on business.

Thirty or more deputies combed the Co­v­ing­ton subdivision off Old Waynes­boro Road for most of the morning.

The child had last been seen outside the house in the 3800 block of Creighton Place.

Gay said surveillance video from a neighbor’s home showed the child outside and unattended earlier that morning.

Charmaine Lynch, 15, told dep­uties she was on her way to school around 7:30 a.m., when she saw the toddler pulling a wagon in a yard near the home.

“He was just playing by himself,” she said while standing with a dozen or more neighbors across the street.

After searches in the neighborhood failed, the fire department and dive team were called to search a pool in the backyard of the child’s home and a pool down the street.

The murky, debris-filled conditions of the pool in the toddler’s backyard complicated matters, authorities said.

“It made the search very difficult,” Gay said.

Crews removed much of the water from the pool before divers were sent back in to search through the remaining water and debris. Divers found the child’s body about 12:30 p.m.

Sheriff’s officers said they will continue to investigate.

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allhans
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allhans 03/21/12 - 12:06 pm
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Poor little boy. I hope he

Poor little boy. I hope he is found safe and sound. I can only imagine how frightened he must be.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/21/12 - 12:54 pm
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Oh please no, not a pool full

Oh please no, not a pool full of debris.

ergsweetone4u
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ergsweetone4u 03/21/12 - 01:06 pm
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Talk about a confusing

Talk about a confusing article...is this poor child missing or did they find him? The article headline says 'authorities found missing toddler's body,' the article says 'they're searching.' Did I miss something? Either way, this is so very sad to read!

caylasmommy
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caylasmommy 03/21/12 - 01:11 pm
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i have a 2 year old daughter

i have a 2 year old daughter who eerily enough looks alot like this little boy. It tears my heart up to hear news like this. I, too, have a pool in my backyard (above ground), and when I heard about the 3 year old drowning in a dirty pool a few months back, I IMMEDIATELY drained our pool. I would much rather my child fall into an empty pool and break an arm or leg than fall into a full one and drown. I understand that accidents happen, and children are sneaky at times, but as parents, it is our responsibility to take precautions to keep our kids safe. Install child locks on your doors, put a fence with self-locking gate around your pool, put pool ladders inside the pool... do whatever you can to protect that child.

gagirl40
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gagirl40 03/21/12 - 01:11 pm
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I saw on 26 news website that

I saw on 26 news website that he was found dead in the pool. So very, very sad.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/21/12 - 01:28 pm
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My two year old twin

My two year old twin grandchildren can now open doors that are not key locked, you have to be so careful with little ones, they see no danger in anything. Prayers to this child's family and also to all the ones who have been searching and who are on the scene. This is so sad.

baicom
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baicom 03/21/12 - 01:27 pm
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I agree with all comments!

I agree with all comments! This just breaks my heart!

LP.SAV
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LP.SAV 03/21/12 - 01:28 pm
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The same thing happened to my

The same thing happened to my friend's child a few years ago. I have seen the continual heartache she suffers every day. When I bought my house that has a pool in the back yard, I immediately had a fence and gate installed. It keep a padlock on the gate at all times. Please do whatever you have to to keep children safe from accidental drowning, especially now that the weather is nice outside.

museofsatie
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museofsatie 03/21/12 - 01:34 pm
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That's just horrible.

That's just horrible.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 03/21/12 - 01:51 pm
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This is covIngton

This is covIngton subdivision. I know because I live a street over. Sad news.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/21/12 - 01:58 pm
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My apologies for anyone

My apologies for anyone reading my earlier comment (which has been removed) if it appeared I was placing blame on anyone. I wish we had a better way of educating people how qucik our little ones can do the unexpected. My heart breaks for family. May God give them comfort.

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catfish20 03/21/12 - 02:05 pm
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The subdivision is full of

The subdivision is full of unsupervised school age children ....
who goes to school......

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/21/12 - 02:47 pm
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This is awful. I'm praying

This is awful. I'm praying for everyone that loves this child. Please, please, please, parents, caregivers, babysitters, small children can drown in an inch or two of water in a bathtub, please do your best to remove or safely enclose water hazards when it is in your power and supervise them at all times whether there are perceived hazards or not. Try to see your child's environment from the child's perspective. They do not know what is dangerous to them yet.

godseyleigh
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godseyleigh 03/21/12 - 02:53 pm
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so sad, poor little boy

so sad, poor little boy

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/21/12 - 04:15 pm
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Is there no such thing as an

Is there no such thing as an accident anymore? I don't have anymore info than the rest of you but unless the mother was a regular with the DFCS or under the influence of some drugs or alcohol I would hope in the mother's defense the term "accident" would be considered. I hope I am right and that the mother is clear of all circumstances that would make this a "crime."

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/21/12 - 05:53 pm
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May God bless this little
Unpublished

May God bless this little angel in his arms now. Condolences to the family.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/21/12 - 05:53 pm
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I'd agree Sweet son, but if
Unpublished

I'd agree Sweet son, but if they are thinking of charging her, seems like there is more to the story. We have seen this happen before without indication of charges and immediately acknowledged it as an accident. It could also be the plain and simple fact you arent supposed to have a dirty pool like that, partially for that reason. That pool evidently wasn't dirty, but a swamp!! I wonder if there is a law against that given the problems it can cause.

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alexandreaalley93 03/21/12 - 05:58 pm
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This is very traggic i had

This is very traggic i had got off work to be told our close friends son,was found dead in their pool. I absolutely agree as parents we need to take percautions and certain messures to be sure our children are safe. Not only that when you have a child so young you should never leave them out of your site. My heart is torn,this is very upsetting to hear and i hope they have the stregnth to keep close together.

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CobaltGeorge 03/21/12 - 06:01 pm
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Sorry Sweet son, but unless

Sorry Sweet son, but unless this child was within arms reach or eyesight, It can never be classified as an "ACCIDENT" - Period.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/21/12 - 07:48 pm
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This story makes me

This story makes me profoundly sorry and angry at the same time.

cytoranger
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cytoranger 03/21/12 - 09:42 pm
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look people, this while

look people, this while tragic was an accident. I neither know or am related to the fsmily of this baby . i do howecer know the trgic loss of a chils, as we found ou grwndson, wrongfully diagnosed by a DDEAMC ob/gyn passed away in hid crib 4. years ago. His father , in combat in iraq, nkever met his little mancb until given a few moments alone ath th e furneral home as e prpared fornthe wake. He hedld his lifeless baby as he and my daughter hugged and cried. They have been hugging and crying ever since. this is not anything sny young couple should go through , we don't in a fsir world bury our children, they bury us. I say that to say this. I'm sxure, while an error in judgement contributed to this disaster, this is not isomething the momwoke up deciding was on her to do list kfor the day. She will punish herself forever for this brief , yet devistating lack of judgement. I can only pray sheandherhusband have the strenghtin God mykidsjdo andmakeit through this.Statistics say 80%or more of couples who lose a child end their relationship in divroce etc. as the what if game starts to play out. our loss has jeven weakened my and my wifes marraige of 30 year relationship. ther need not be any charges filed in thiscase, she will be judge and jury over herself, and the sentence she imposeson herself will be much harder than and cout could ,decide to bring. I say we simply Pray. Prayfor the baby and the family as they are about to enter a life of neverending sorrow and what if moments. Have a heart CSRA, any one of us can have ja small lapse in judgement and hae the same end results. I pray God wraps this family in his strong and comforting arms, ans I pray when a time of moirning has passed, he sees fit to wipe the sorrow and pain from their brow. God bless you and you are not alone in your tourmnet,

cytoranger
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cytoranger 03/21/12 - 09:46 pm
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sorry for the typos , i am

sorry for the typos , i am both crying and using a iphone keypad to express these thoughts

Bing0
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Bing0 03/22/12 - 01:44 am
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This is so very sad. This

This is so very sad. This poor mother has lost her child and on top of all of this she is criminally charged. This is of course understandable in light of the circumstances but awful just the same. It really could have happened to almost anyone. And although to criminally charge her is right, it also seems wrong as well. My heart and prayers go out to her and her family.

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 03/22/12 - 05:29 am
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Multiple reports to DSS in

Multiple reports to DSS in South Carolina when they resided there, and multiple reports to DFCS here, and still, a child dies. The state cannot protect our children... it will take all adults to protect children and prevent abuse, child endangerment, severe neglect and sexual abuse. Gut wrenching agony torments everyone who ever attempted to protect this woman's children...

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scgator 03/22/12 - 06:30 am
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Irregardless if there was any

Irregardless if there was any DFCS history or not, it is wrong to pre-classify a sleeping mother as negligent. MANY times YOUR own child in your own home situation will awake before you and go about their "own business" until mommy wakes up. Sad to say in this instance, the child wandered outdoors; The news article makes it sound like the mother was sleeping ALL of the morning away; instead she was awakened around 9:30 AM. 9:30 is NOT sleeping late for a mother; she could have been ill, up part of the night with the child or any number of things. What is really unfortunate is the environment available to the child (unattended pool, whether clean or not) should never have been there in the first place. This mother could have been the worst mother on earth, or she could have simply been a "tired" mother needing some extra sleep. (how many times have you as a mother been tired and needed extra sleep?)

scgator
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scgator 03/22/12 - 07:16 am
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I see that someone has given

I see that someone has given my post a thumbs down;.............I can't help but think........"except for the Grace of God, there go I..........."

allhans
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allhans 03/22/12 - 07:57 am
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The child was seen outside at

The child was seen outside at 7:30 and not reported missing until after 9:00..then this is neglect. Haven't parents heard of deadbolts?

sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/22/12 - 08:02 am
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So the child was seen playing

So the child was seen playing by himself outside around 7:30 am and was reported missing an hour and a half later? If you have a child this small, it is your duty and responsibility to make SURE the child is safe and is being attended to. I don't think this was an accident. It was negligence, plain and simple. And if the neighbors saw a small child outside by himself, somebody should have knocked on the door or reported the situation. If I saw a two year old in my neighborhood by himself or herself, trust me, I'd be knocking on somebody's door! And if there truly is a history here with dfacs, even worse. This could have been prevented.

allhans
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allhans 03/22/12 - 08:15 am
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sassylassie..The witness was

sassylassie..The witness was a 15 year old on her way to school.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 03/22/12 - 08:25 am
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Allhans-and your point would

Allhans-and your point would be.....? I know she's a pretty responsible kid. She was a witness.....what does that have to do with anything?

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