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$25,000 bond set for mother of Augusta 2-year-old who drowned

Woman accused of abusing pills

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Bond was set at $25,000 Fri­day for a woman charged in her 2-year-old son’s March 21 drowning..

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Bond was set at $25,000 for Lisa Stocker, charged in her 2-year-old son's drowning. She faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and contributing to the deprivation of a minor.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Bond was set at $25,000 for Lisa Stocker, charged in her 2-year-old son's drowning. She faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

Lisa Stocker, 37, was accused of involuntary manslaughter and contributing to the deprivation of a minor after her son Daniel was found at the bottom of the pool at their home in the 3800 block of Creighton Place in south Augusta.

At the bond hearing Friday, Assistant District Attorney John O’Neal said she was on 10 pre­scription drugs that morn­ing and stayed in bed most days.

“She went through a lot of pills in a short time,” O’Neal said.

Stocker’s attorney, John Kraft, said the family was waiting for Stocker’s release from jail before cremating the child’s body. He asked Superior Court Judge William Fleming to not pass judgment on the case and to just weigh the flight risk and minimal crim­inal background.

“She is extremely distraught today and dealing with bouts of de­pression,” Kraft said. “She’s lost her child, Your Honor.”

Fleming indicated early in the hearing that he was inclined to grant bond, but he called the child’s father, Jeff Stocker, and his neighbors to the bar to explain how the two older children, ages 10 and 12, would be cared for if Stocker were released.

“This is a bad situation for these two young boys,” Fleming said.

O’Neal said that Stocker had a history of prescription drug abuse and that at the time of the incident she was on several muscle relaxers. Her husband said she had anxiety disorders, and she told police she had agoraphobia, an avoidance of situations in which she might panic.

When Fleming questioned how she acquired so many prescriptions, O’Neal said that Stocker “had to shop around for some time to find a doctor who would treat her.”

The prosecutor said that on the day of the boy’s death, Stocker woke up at 5:30 a.m. and yelled from her bed at her two older sons to get ready for school. Those two children caught the school bus, but it wasn’t until 8:44 a.m. that she was awakened by a neighbor who had found her two dogs loose.

At that point, Stocker realized her 2-year-old was missing and a neighborhood search was launched by police and fire department members.

A neighbor’s surveillance cameras showed that Daniel had walked out the front door at 7:42 a.m., played in the front yard, then stepped out of view about 8 a.m.

The murky pool behind the child’s house was drained about 12:30 p.m., and his body was found at the bottom, O’Neal said.

Jeff Stocker said Friday that the Department of Fam­ily and Children Services won’t allow unsupervised contact between his wife and their two sons.

If she were to be released, he said, the boys would stay with a trusted neighbor after school and with him on the weekends.

Kraft disputed the state’s portrayal of Stocker as a drug addict.

“We don’t know what the exact facts are,” he said. “But these boys want their mother home.”

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HighSociety
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HighSociety 04/13/12 - 05:15 pm
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Had to "shop around" to find

Had to "shop around" to find a doctor? What does that mean? Muscle relaxers for anxiety? Really!

This whole thing is sad. Don't know if there is enough help out there for this lady. Feel sorry for the other two children, but hopefully their in better care now.

heartablazing
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heartablazing 04/13/12 - 06:36 pm
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The government needs to stop

The government needs to stop allowing all of these drug commercials that we all see during prime-time television.They always show depressed people who take this medicine and then get better.If you have side affects to the meds see your doctor and low and be hold we have a drug to counter the affect that you are having.It has gotten to easy for people to get one drug after another to deal with every day issues.Legalized drug pushers!The sad thing is this lady will go through medical evaluations and be given more drugs to handle her medical state.

TrickMe
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TrickMe 04/14/12 - 07:29 am
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A mother abusing prescription

A mother abusing prescription drugs while raising three children, youngest drowns while not being properly supervised. Please hold her accountable! This woman is tired of women always being allowed to play the victim role. The victim is the 2 year old. Hold her accountable....

dotherightthing
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dotherightthing 04/14/12 - 07:35 am
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Of course those boys want her

Of course those boys want her home, that is their mom. BUT she should not be allowed near them. She is shopping doctors and abusing prescription medicine. She cannot take care of herself much less her children. I saw many people defending her on FB when she was first arrested. Accidents do happen...but this was no accident. She neglected her child and now that child is dead. And what a terrible death that must have been. I hope people stop making excuses for women who play the victim. She is a drug addict whose addiction led to the death of an innocent 2-year-old. It is all so awful.

dotherightthing
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dotherightthing 04/14/12 - 07:36 am
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And what about this doctor

And what about this doctor that got her all of these medications?? He should be up there too....

TrickMe
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TrickMe 04/14/12 - 08:26 am
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Removed double posted

Removed double posted

TrickMe
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TrickMe 04/14/12 - 07:58 am
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Agreed. Follow the doctor

Agreed. Follow the doctor trail and anyone else that knew she was negligent in caring for her children. And still hold her accountable...

dotherightthing
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dotherightthing 04/14/12 - 08:18 am
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Agreed, TrickMe!

Agreed, TrickMe!

allhans
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allhans 04/14/12 - 09:52 am
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I hope the doctor in question

I hope the doctor in question has been, at the least, warned.

iLove
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iLove 04/14/12 - 10:59 am
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If marijauna had been made
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If marijauna had been made legal lets say 20-30 years ago, these doctors would not have and $....can you see?

Disclaimer: Making marijuana legal now would cause more problems than solutions.

iLove
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iLove 04/14/12 - 11:01 am
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Dr.s and pharmaceutical
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Dr.s and pharmaceutical companies.

mark twain 2
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mark twain 2 04/14/12 - 06:51 pm
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I'm just saying, her lawyer

I'm just saying, her lawyer says he doesn't know all the facts,well excuse me, but the way she told to the police, the facts are that she was asleep from drugs and being on the internet all night and had no idea or cared where her two year old child was,and would not even get out of bed long enough to get the other two boys off to school. The trusted neighbor that will be ( taking care of the other two boys) live right next door and are a older couple that can barely get around themselves. Lets see,lives next door, who will be there to make sure the other two boys don't walk out the door to go right next door where she is?? If you ask me the Father should be held just accountable as she is,why were their no locks on the gate to the pool,could just as well been any child from the neighborhood that walked in that gate and fell into that pool. Another thing people, if you see a small child walking around by itself,you know you have a cellphone,call the police and watch the child,don't just grab the child and call,call first and then watch the child. You don't want somebody saying you were abducting them! And by the way,your close friends are the ones that most people get prescription drugs from..

SAPCS
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SAPCS 04/16/12 - 12:36 pm
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I hope Mark Twain was not

I hope Mark Twain was not reincarnated with atrocious grammar.

"She's lost her child?" She didn't LOSE anything. Her child is gone because of her actions--or inaction, as it may be. "Mininal criminal background?" WHOOPDEDOO! She allowed her child to DIE. What would she do to mine? I realize that everyone is entitled to legal representation, but how do you defend a woman like this? Hope you can sleep at night, John Kraft.

no.such.girl
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no.such.girl 03/15/14 - 10:07 pm
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(This may be cross-posted. I

(This may be cross-posted. I haven't decided yet).

Maybe I should not be here. I am compounding the problem and I'm not sure that my words will be in any way adequate here. But here it is.

Some of you have expressed concern for the well-being of the other two children. They are cared for. They are loved. The details are none of your business.

They also have internet access. And they will wonder what people are saying. I can check their History, but hey, I can't unsee this stuff for them.

You profess to care for these two? Shut up. Period.

They are having a hard enough time adjusting to life without their brother, without their mother. They're good kids. They're really good kids. They can no longer attend public schools. They cannot safely "ego-surf" without finding comments in which totally uninvolved (and let's face it, frankly ignorant) people wishing a horrible death for their mother.

Whatever the circumstances (which, again, you are frankly ignorant of) the boys absolutely do not deserve this sort of attention. They are at that vulnerable age in which they're trying to figure out who they are at the most basic levels.

I pray every day that they know they are not just Daniel's brothers or Lisa's children. They deserve better. You can help ensure they get it.

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