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, who was also the 3-year-old’s aunt, was additionally 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 the hospital after she was pulled from a backyard pool on the 100 block of Pauline Street, owned by Rex and Karen Newman, authorities have said.
An autopsy done at the GBI crime lab in Augusta confirmed that Raydin drowned, Columbia County Corner Vernon Collins said.
Raydin had wandered away from her home undetected, and when family members noticed her missing they began searching the neighborhood. A neighbor helping with the search, Deontray Johnson, 25, saw the open gate and checked the pool.
When Johnson saw Raydin at the bottom of the pool, he called out to the other searchers and jumped in to rescue her, Morris said.
Kirk Hammonds, 18, of Harlem, a friend of Raydin’s older cousin, jumped in to help when Johnson had difficulty retrieving Raydin from the pool.
Raydin’s cousin and a neighbor started CPR on the girl until emergency personnel arrived.
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, 38, is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, Morris said.