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Augusta mother pleads guilty to manslaughter in son's death

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 4:18 PM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 1:35 AM
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The Augusta mother whose 2-year-old son drowned after wandering around outside unsupervised pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.

Lisa J. Stocker was granted bond in April. She pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children in the death of her 2-year-old son, who drowned in March.  SARA CALDWELL/FILE
SARA CALDWELL/FILE
Lisa J. Stocker was granted bond in April. She pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children in the death of her 2-year-old son, who drowned in March.


Lisa J. Stocker, 39, admitted in Richmond County Superior Court that Daniel’s death was her fault because she was responsible for the toddler.

Stocker was initially charged with murder but Thursday the charges was reduced with a recommended sentence of eight years in prison followed by 12 years probation.

Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted the sentencing recommendation, telling Stocker that she has become an extreme example of what happens when prescription drugs are abused.

Video from a neighbor’s security cameras showed Daniel in his Creighton Place yard about 7:42 a.m. on March 21, 2012, after his older brothers left for school, said Assistant District Attorney Adam Land.

An hour later, a neighbor noticed the Stockers’ dogs were loose and went to the Stockers’ home to let her know, Land said. About 20 minutes later, she called the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency personnel searched the rest of the morning for Daniel. His body was found in the bottom of the family’s debris-filled pool around 12:30 p.m.

Investigator Tim Owen found numerous prescription pill bottles in the master bathroom, most of which were empty or contained so few pills it was obvious Stocker was taking far more than the prescribed dosages, Land said.

Stocker taught her older sons how to dose Daniel’s milk with Benadryl, Land said. At the time of Daniel’s death, he had Benadryl and two controlled substances in his system, indicating that he had ingested the medication within 24 hours of his death, Land said.

At that time, Stocker’s husband was working as a contractor in the Atlanta area and she was home alone with the boys.

Daniel’s death was the second tragedy for the family, she told the judge. In 2005, a daughter was born stillborn. She should have gotten mental health treatment then, but it wasn’t until after Daniel’s birth that Stocker was treated for anxiety and depression with medications that she became addicted to, her attorney John Lewis said.

Stocker had never been in trouble, never used illegal drugs and doesn’t even drink alcohol, Lewis said.

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avidreader
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avidreader 11/15/13 - 08:07 am
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Accreditation!

One has to be accredited and licensed to be a barber or a teacher, but not a parent. One of life's travesties.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 11/15/13 - 11:11 am
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Accidents happen with Children

Accidents happen with Children. I know 2 dedicated, loving couples that each had a child drown under their watchful eyes. But, these drownings happened many decades ago (Early 60's & 70's), and their children survived (CPR). The government (law enforcement) oversteps their bounds and places blame & issues charges these days to inflict more pain & ruin families. Charges should not have been brought against this mother.

celticfiveo
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celticfiveo 11/15/13 - 11:30 am
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accidents happen

she was passed out from abusing prescription drugs. If she was passed out drunk would it be different. your neglect caused your childs death. And thats not an accident

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 11/15/13 - 11:31 am
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I Disagree

Sorry Stunned - to already "teach" your older children to "spike" little brother's milk with Benadryl !! You have GOT to be kidding me. AND "conversations" should be had with her Physician and Psychiatrist about the prescriptions that were prescribed. Somehow she was getting more "help" than she was supposed to be getting. Sad...

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 11/15/13 - 12:00 pm
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Prescripts.....

....but marijuana is illegal....

Can the Dr. who prescribed the excess pills be held accountable, as well?

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 11/15/13 - 01:01 pm
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Prescription Pills

Has anyone ever stopped to think she might be doctor hopping. All of her pills did not have to come from one provider! That is the way a closet alcholic operates, never gets all their booze from one package shop.

zoomer1025
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zoomer1025 11/15/13 - 01:18 pm
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she was not passed out from

she was not passed out from pills she laid back down with a sleeping child. they never gave her a drug test she took the same medications from the same doctor for the last 7 years . she did not teach the other children to "spike" his milk with benadryl they saw her do it. we chose as a family to accept the plea from the DA because we did not believe an unbiased jury could be found your hateful comments here and on the news sites social media confirm that. not only have my 2 boys lost a brother now they have lost a mother.
may god have mercy on your souls i will not

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 11/15/13 - 02:33 pm
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My heart goes out to your

My heart goes out to your family. The mother cared enough to notify neighbors of a loose animal.....seems that she has a caring heart. I hate that this has happened to her and her family. May God provide peace to you guys.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 11/15/13 - 04:17 pm
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Wait A Minute

I/We are truly sorry for your loss, zoomer. But, all we have to go on, is the information contained in the article that we read. As I have posted before, no parent should ever have to bury their child. I witnessed first-hand, my sister-in-law bury her son from a motorcycle accident. If this article reflects the testimony that would've been introduced during the trial, then I think you may be actually right. I would want to know how the drugs got into Daniel's system. And as I said earlier, I also would want to meet with all of your wife's doctors, because something does not add up here.

recoveringaddict
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recoveringaddict 11/15/13 - 04:22 pm
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dogs

The mother did not notify a neighbor about a loose dog. The neighbor went to the mother's home to notify her that her dog's were loose.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 11/15/13 - 05:07 pm
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7 Years on RX

Article states she did not seek mental health help until Daniel was born, Zoomer 1025 states she had been on the same Drugs from the same Dr. for 7 years. No it does not add up.

zoomer1025
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zoomer1025 11/15/13 - 05:54 pm
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artical is wrong

the problem is what the prosecutor states during sentencing and bond hearings do not have to be the truth they can contort the facts anyway that suits them. the evidence would not have convicted her but how can you put the rest of your life in the hands of 12 strangers accepting this plea was the surest way my boys would not lose their mother forever. this was a tragic accident if we are such deplorable parents why hasn't DFACS found any reason to take the other kids away?

Darby
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Darby 11/15/13 - 10:21 pm
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"Charges should not have been brought against this mother."

Right - She was doping her own toddler. Even she knows that she's better off locked up.

At least until she dries out and get her head on straight. If that ever happens.

If ever there was a proper time to use the worn-out cliché about "drawing a line in the sand" this has to meet the test.

no.such.girl
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no.such.girl 03/15/14 - 10:12 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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