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Shooting victim was found in bed

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6:54 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA – Police responding to a North Augusta shooting Tuesday found Dakota Cook in bed, with the covers up to his neck and a wound to the face. A shotgun was at the foot of the bed with the barrel pointed toward the headboard.


That description was among details released Wednesday in the death of Cook, a 21-year-old father of four.

His wife, Terry Cook, 20, was charged with murder. She also faces four counts of unlawful neglect of a child and a charge of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

According to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety news release, an officer was sent to the couple’s apartment on Hugh Street after shots were reported about 10:30 a.m.

He entered the apartment after unanswered knocks at the door and found one of the couple’s four children behind a couch. Police said all four of the couple’s children, ages 4, 3, 1 and 4 months, were in the home at the time of the shooting.

The officer asked the child if she had heard a loud noise and she replied yes and that it came from upstairs. The officer yelled up the stairs and heard a woman respond, “Up here. He’s still breathing,” according to the report. Terry Cook then rounded the corner with blood on her hand.

Dakota Cook, who was still breathing when officers found him, was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he died.

North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said the couple did not have a police history of domestic disputes. The Department of Social Services, however, was involved in an ongoing case with the Cooks.

The children were released to the custody of their grandparents.

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KSL 04/09/14 - 08:21 pm
Read it wrong. I hope she

Read it wrong. I hope she gets a good lawyer and justice is served, whatever it may be.

curly123053 04/09/14 - 09:28 pm
Sad Event

I was told she was tired of his abuse. I hope the truth comes out if she was a victim and got tired of it. It is sad the kids are going through this.

itsanotherday1 04/09/14 - 10:22 pm
I realize sometimes women

I realize sometimes women feel trapped and helpless with abusive husbands; but I still can't condone murder. Too many avenues for help.

If this guy was abusive, may she won't carry the heaviest penalty. My heart bleeds for the children in any case.

corgimom 04/10/14 - 07:17 am
If she was tired of his

If she was tired of his abuse, all she had to do was contact a domestic violence shelter, they'd help her.

What a terrible way to handle an easily-fixed problem.

Now 4 children have lost both parents.

curly123053 04/10/14 - 08:17 am

I spent 4 years working as a volunteer for a domestic violence group in Aiken years ago. We take turns being on call after hours to go to the hospitals and or police stations to meet with victims of domestic violence when called. Her husband had just been released on bond from a 2nd offense CDV charge, so chances are she was given the option by the police. But in my time working with victims many keep allowing him back because he is the "bread winner" so to speak of the family. These victims also hope that maybe their husband has learned their lesson. There is a lot of irrational thinking going on with victims of domestic violence that it is sometimes frustrating for those trained to help them.

TheGeorgian 04/10/14 - 03:06 pm
Irrational thinking

Many years ago a soft spoken neighbor began running to our house every time her (somewhat younger) husband beat her up. She said that the ER didn't believe that she kept falling down the stairs. After coming to us half a dozen times the husband began coming after her with a gun and I threatened him with an unloaded shotgun to get him off our property. I told her that this had to cease and that she should swear out a warrant on him and request that they pick up the husband on a Friday night so he couldn't bail until Monday and, meanwhile, pack and leave the state to go live with her mother. She seemed dazed and asked what she should do after that. I told her to file for divorce and ask child custody and support, get a little job, have a peaceful life. She stared at me and said, "But I love him." I told her I was done with their troubles then. No, he didn't kill her but I'm certain he continued to beat her in the decades before her death.

rmwhitley 04/10/14 - 06:33 pm
At 20 years

old, she certainly wasn't tired of producing his babies. She deserves whatever she gets.

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