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Father arrested after toddler son discovered wandering alone on Wrightsboro Road

Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:01 PM
Last updated Friday, March 23, 2012 2:37 AM
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The father of a 2-year-old boy was arrested Thursday morning after deputies found his son wandering alone on Wrightsboro Road on Wednesday night.

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Kevin Farley, 27, was charged with deprivation of a minor and booked into Richmond County Jail. Farley’s sister told police that she told him he would have to watch the boy while she picked up their mother from work. Farley told authorities he was asleep and was never told he would have to watch the child.

Police received a call about the toddler around 11:30 p.m. and found him on Wrightsboro Road near the ASU Athletic Complex.

Richmond Coun­ty sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier said deputies and investigators searched the area for about an hour and a half for the parents.

“We actually had assistance of people in the (Georgian Place) apartment complex knocking on doors trying to locate the parents of the child,” Carrier said.

At 12:45 a.m., officers located the child’s aunt.

The charge against Farley came only hours after a south Augusta mother was charged with involuntary manslaughter and deprivation of a minor when her 2-year-old toddler escaped from their home in the 3800 block of Creighton Place and drowned in their swimming pool.

Lisa Stocker told deputies she was asleep when her son, Daniel, went missing shortly after 7 a.m. from their Creighton Place home. About two hours later, she discovered the child was missing and notified police.

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

Daniel’s body was found in the pool by police about 12:30 p.m.

Investigators said they are working with the Department of Family and Child Services to see if the family has a history of reports with the agency.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/22/12 - 01:12 pm
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Two points: 1. If Farley's

Two points:

1. If Farley's sister didn't make certain that Farley was totally aware that his son was in his care, ie, she just "told him" and left, then she is the one responsible for the lapse in care.

2. Even if Lisa Stocker is found to be a total slacker and rotten mother whose self-absorption and negligence resulted in her son's death, is there a compelling reason for not waiting until after the child has been laid to rest before throwing her in the clink? Even if she richly deserves punishment, not allowing her to go to his funeral would be very cruel.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/22/12 - 01:51 pm
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After what just happened

After what just happened yesterday, this story sickens me regardless of who may really be to blame.....what are people thinking?

Frank I
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Frank I 03/22/12 - 03:38 pm
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Why should a 27 year old

Why should a 27 year old "man" need to be told by his sister that he needed to watch his child while she went to get their mother from work? Also, if they were looking for the child in Georgian Place and found him near the ASU athletic complex I would count the child to be EXTREMELY lucky, unless some part of the article is inaccurate. The athletic complex is across Wrightsboro Rd from Georgian Place Apartments, meaning either the child was actually more near Long John Silver, they were actually searching Governor's Place (on the same side of Wrightsboro Rd), or the 2 year old child was actually lucky enough to make it accross 5 lanes of traffic without being noticed or hurt...

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 03/22/12 - 07:51 pm
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So many children are unwanted

So many children are unwanted and unloved. Daily, dozens of such children are in Juvenile Court for being deprived basic needs and supervision. Eventually, some of these same children end up in Juvenile court for deliquency and criminal behavior. You cannot force parents to love their children, and as we see, we cannot make them even provide basic and responsible care for them. God bless the children... especially the unloved, neglected and abused little ones.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/22/12 - 10:02 pm
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No matter who is at fault in

No matter who is at fault in these situations, many parents need to be more vigilant. Arresting her isn't going to bring the baby back, but if they must, at least let her go to the funeral. According to law she is innocent of the charges unless proven guilty. Same with this man. I don't see how throwing him in the slammer makes life better for his baby and it could very well have been a case of miscommunication. On the other hand, at least SOMEBODY is paying attention, the LAW in this case. I wish the children's parents in my old neighborhood had been held accountable when they were reported time after time after time after time and somehow got out of trouble. It is a wonder those children are still alive after all their near misses. They seemed to think the road was their playground. But I don't even want to get started thinking again about everything I witnessed in the neighborhood surrounding us. It was a nightmare and I lost enough sleep over it already.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/22/12 - 10:23 pm
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Wish I had known that my

Wish I had known that my comments were removed - I think I had the right idea!!

allhans
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allhans 03/23/12 - 01:53 am
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Frank 1 Did you mean Captain

Frank 1 Did you mean Captain D.?

Until the punishment is more servere for child neglect/abuse, parents will continue to have no regard for the childs well-being.

eschamb
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eschamb 03/23/12 - 04:04 am
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I'm glad Mr. Zimmerman of

I'm glad Mr. Zimmerman of Florida wasn't around, we might have another dead person.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/23/12 - 06:20 am
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They only thing that bothers

They only thing that bothers me about this and I don't know what kind of parent this man is but if he was sleeping and his sister came in and said hey I am going to get our mother, she should have made sure that he was awake and coherent before she left. Some people are very sound sleepers and arouse slowly. I am glad this child is safe but I do still question exactly how things went down.

allhans
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allhans 03/23/12 - 11:15 am
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Most children are in bed

Most children are in bed asleep at 11:30 - and is it possible that folks make it too easy for a child to unlock and open a door. That takes some doing by 2 year old.
We have always used a safety latch several inches above the doorknob that would be too much for a child.

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