Girl drowns in Evans pool
A 4-year-old Evans girl drowned in her family’s swimming pool Thursday.
Joe Brice Kerns III, 35, called police just after 5 p.m. and said he found his daughter, Jayden, in the family swimming pool at their Rutledge Way home, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Kerns said he left Jayden in the backyard playing with the water hose while he went inside to change his baby’s diaper. When he returned three or four minutes later, he couldn’t find Jayden, the report stated.
After checking the neighbor’s house, Kerns said he checked the pool and found Jayden under water. He pulled her out and attempted CPR, the report stated.
Jayden was transported to Doctors Hospital, where she later died.
Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said no foul play is suspected.
More sex crime charges filed
A Grovetown man arrested last week for sexual misconduct against a 14-year-old girl at an Evans park was charged Friday with additional sex crimes against a different victim.
Columbia County sheriff’s investigators charged Landon “Dock” Norman, 38, of the 1900 block of Long Creek Falls, with aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and rape after a 16-year-old girl reported in April that he fondled and performed oral sex on her, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. The case initially had been investigated by another agency.
Norman initially was arrested Oct. 24 for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl at Riverside Park, where her brother and Norman’s son played baseball together, as reported in a sheriff’s office incident report.
The girl’s mother said Norman first started talking with her daughter at the park while the teams practiced. She said Norman added the teen as a friend on Facebook and later made inappropriate comments and sent nude pictures to her email address, according to the report.
During a practice at Riverside Park in June, Norman took the girl to a secluded area, where he made advances toward her and molested her in his vehicle He then threatened to kill her if she told anybody about the incident and continued to inappropriately touch the girl until he left to pick his son up from the park.
He was charged with aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and five counts of electronically distributing obscene material to a minor.
Norman is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
Students arrested in murder plot
Two Greenbrier High School students were charged for conspiring to kidnap and kill another student
A 15-year-old girl enlisted the help of her boyfriend, Christian-Reef Adams Annis, 17, to kill a classmate, police said.
On Monday, authorities arrested Annis at the school. He told sheriff’s office investigators that he was asked by the 15-year-old to help kill another student at the school in Evans, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
On Oct. 28, police arrested the 15-year-old suspect from Evans for planning and enlisting help with the plot.
Annis, of the 5900 block of Rousseau Creek Road in Thomson, told police the 15-year-old “was going to beat her with a crowbar,” according to the report.
Another Greenbrier student who was enlisted to help in the plot informed school officials, who called the sheriff’s office.
Annis’ stepfather, Lon Annis, said the teen suffers from the neurological disorder Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
School Superintendent Charles Nagle said Wednesday he believes Annis is in special-needs courses at Greenbrier High, but Greenbrier Principal Chris Segraves would not confirm Nagle’s statement.
Annis was arrested at Greenbrier last year for trying to sell prescription medication, his stepfather said. However, authorities would not confirm his statement.
Though a McDuffie County resident, Annis is allowed to attend school in Columbia County because his mother is a school system employee.
The 15-year-old is charged with criminal solicitation and being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Sandersville, Ga.
Annis was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony. He was released Tuesday from the Columbia County Detention Center on a $5,100 bond.
Father arrested for battery
An Evans man was arrested for battery early Wednesday after striking his 17-year-old daughter.
Police charged Qian Xiang, 44, after going to his home and seeing multiple bruises on both legs of his daughter.
According to a sheriff’s office report, Xiang said he spanked his daughter Monday with his hands and with a plastic stick made from a broken piece of an archery bow. Xiang told deputies the incident was isolated, and that he “lost” it after his daughter was disrespectful.
Xiang was released from the detention center Wednesday on $2,600 bond.