The guardian of a toddler who drowned in a pool Aug. 21 after wandering from her Grovetown home was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter.
Sharon Davis, who is the 3-year-old’s aunt, also was 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 of a home in the 100 block of Pauline Street owned by Rex and Karen Newman, authorities have said.
An autopsy confirmed that Raydin drowned, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.
Raydin had wandered away from her home undetected and later was found at the bottom of the pool by one of the neighbors helping with the search.
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, Morris said.
Davis, 38, is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, Morris said.
Custodian accused of sexual misconduct
A custodian at Lakeside High School was placed on leave as authorities investigate a student’s claim of sexual misconduct.
Columbia County sheriff’s investigators were called to Lakeside Aug. 24 after a 17-year-old girl made an allegation of “sexual battery” involving a custodian at the school, according to an incident report.
“What brought this to our attention is that she said he inappropriately touched her, but we have no witnesses or anything,” school Superintendent Charles Nagle said.
Capt. Steve Morris said the girl told authorities that she was touched inappropriately by the custodian at the school.
A second Lakeside student, 16, then came forward and claimed she had been sexually abused off-campus by the custodian about a year ago, according to the report.
School officials took statements from both students, who also are being interviewed by investigators.
No charges had been filed as of Friday.
Nagle said the custodian will remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Woman arrested for beating mom
A Martinez woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with beating her elderly mother.
Laura Lynn Deese, 58, of Holiday Drive, was charged with aggravated battery and battery against a person who is 65 years or older.
Deputies responded to Eisenhower Army Medical Center on Fort Gordon late Tuesday after a 77-year-old woman came in for treatment for facial injuries. The woman told deputies that her daughter, Deese, had been physically abusing her for several months.
The abuse, she said, resulted in serious bruising, cuts and broken bones. She said that on Monday, Deese pushed her onto a chair and hit her in the face with a remote control, breaking her nose and damaging her eyes. The woman had sustained serious bruising to her face and hip.
Deese was later arrested and charged. She was being held Friday in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $27,700 bond, according to jail records.
Woman gets threatening calls
A woman called deputies Tuesday after a stranger called and threatened to kill her. She said she was at her home off Jimmie Dyess Parkway at about 1:30 a.m. when she got a call from a 404 area code. The male caller said he would kill her that night. The caller then told the woman to call her friends and tell them to have their pistols ready. She didn’t recognize the caller.