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Aunt of drowned toddler arrested

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 5:49 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 12:52 AM
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The guardian of a toddler who drowned in a pool last week after wandering from her Grovetown home was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter.

Sharon Davis, the 3-year-old’s aunt, was also charged with contributing to the delinquency and deprivation of a minor, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The child, Raydin Hollbrooks, died at a hospital after she was pulled from a backyard pool in the 100 block of Pauline Street. An autopsy confirmed that Raydin drowned, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.

Raydin had wandered away from her home undetected. A neighbor helping with a search, Deontray Johnson, 25, saw Raydin at the bottom of the pool.

The homes are about a quarter-mile apart in the rural community off Louisville Road. The gate to the fence around the above-ground pool was open.

Davis is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, Morris said.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/28/12 - 06:50 pm
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Soooooooo...

The aunt is in jail, denied bond and charged with manslaughter and the owner of the pool that was left uncovered and easily accessed by a very young child is being charged with what exactly?

harrison0624
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harrison0624 08/28/12 - 07:12 pm
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She is being charged for

She is being charged for exactly what she deserves to be charged with. Not watching a three year old child that wondered to a home that was a quarter of a mile from her home. This meant she was not in no way possible watching that child. How did that child get out of her home if he was locked and secured with safety locks KNOWING a child that age is in her home. I am sure she did not mean for this to happen but she must understand that children are vulnerable and need 24hr round the clock care.

pommom38
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pommom38 08/28/12 - 07:21 pm
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Following the law

does not make a pool owner responsible.
Come to think of it, don't think i've heard of any charges brought to pool owners in the recent drownings.
Fenced in is all thats required apparently in Ga.
Different states have different rules. Regardless, I don't think the pool owner should have to worry about it, wouldn't have happened had the child been watched!! If poor Raydin had been run over by running out in traffic, guess you'd blame the driver too.
RIP Raydin, you will have justice sweet one :-)

happychimer
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happychimer 08/28/12 - 07:32 pm
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You should see the mugshot of

You should see the mugshot of the aunt!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/28/12 - 10:12 pm
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Uhh, you're kidding

Do you people actually read? Or just read in something not said nor inferred.

BTW, it is not legal to leave a pool unsecured, which means having a secure cover or a fence with a closed gate that will prevent children from gaining access. Many insurance companies go beyond that and require pool covers as part of their policy requirements. At the very least, the owner of this pool might be successfully sued by the child's parents, regardless of the irresponsible actions of the aunt.

Getting hit in the street is a totally different kind of thing, which surely you must realize, unless of course the driver is drunk or breaking the law in some other way.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/29/12 - 07:42 am
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Remember the retention pond
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drownings. Who was punished for negligence? Who's fence was not maintained?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/29/12 - 09:03 am
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Fence

Requiring some sort of fence around a pool is reasonable. Requiring a cover to be on the pool at all times when no one is in the pool is entirely unreasonable.

Notice in the story that the gate in the fence was found open. Of course it was open after the toddler opened it and walked in. There is no proof that the gate was open when the toddler first showed up. It is unreasonable to require that gates to your back-yard fences be locked at all times except when entering or exiting.

allhans
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allhans 08/29/12 - 09:51 am
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Knowing how the latch works on

Knowing how the latch woks on a gate I doubt that a 3 year old could have opened it on her own.
The caregiver is the responsible party of course...but..how many pools have been left unattended just this summer alone.

catawba7
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catawba7 08/29/12 - 10:07 am
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Adults please watch out for

Adults please watch out for your little ones. It saddens me a great deal when I hear of harm brought to children.

Uncovered pools or charging someone with neglect will not bring back this child.

We owe it to our young ones to protect them. When will one of these tragedies ever create a wake-up call?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/29/12 - 12:04 pm
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Bad Work by DFCS!!

Placed in an unsuitable environment by DFCS and a tragedy occurred. Nobody to blame but who? Fiat forget the fence! One person and one government agency should be held responsible!

TruthJusticeFaithHope
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TruthJusticeFaithHope 08/29/12 - 04:54 pm
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Is DFCS, like Judges and Prosecutors.... immune from lawsuits ?

Time after time, DFCS is sited as having been involved with these children, often actually placing them in harms way... are they not legally culpable ?

NoHayManera
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NoHayManera 08/29/12 - 09:31 pm
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What law(s) require an individual to have their pool gated?

Please show me the Ga. state law that requires such action? ...OCGA, what?
What county ordinance requires the same? Please tell me and I'll be more than happy to look it up on municode.com

michaelmcclain58
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michaelmcclain58 08/30/12 - 12:36 am
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hope they lock her up for a

hope they lock her up for a long time!

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