Toxic parenting

Too many parents place their lives above their children's

From parenting problems (see editorial above) we move seamlessly to parenting


A 37-year-old Augusta woman largely confined to a bed by prescription drugs is now charged with allowing her 2-year-old son to wander off and drown in a pool at the home March 21.

Prosecutors say Lisa Stocker took 10 prescription drugs that day, and stayed in bed most days. She woke up enough about 5:30 a.m. to yell from her bed to get her older sons going to school – and then had to be awakened close to 9 a.m. by a neighbor who noticed her two dogs loose. Eventually, the 2-year-old also was discovered missing, and was found at the bottom after the murky pool was drained.

Elsewhere in Augusta Sunday, officials said a couple was taken into custody after a 5-month-old was found dead at their “deplorable” mobile home. The infant, who lived with four siblings – 1, 3, 5 and 6 – also had bite marks in various stages of healing, authorities said.

Aileen Wright, 26, and the father of the infant and the 1-year-old, Nicholas Womack Sr., 24, were taken into custody and charged with cruelty to children in the second degree and four counts of deprivation of a minor.

Self-indulgence and neglect of children is a toxic mix – and all too common today.


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