A Texas baby sitter is facing criminal charges after a 3-year-old boy she was caring for was found unresponsive in a lake on Friday morning and later died.
KTVT News reports 18-year-old Briana Delbridge was taken into custody and is being charged with child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.
Investigators told KTVTthat they believe Delbridge, of Granbury, Texas, was probably under the influence of drugs while she was supposed to be watching the boy and his 1-year-old sister.
According to an earlier story from the Star-Telegram, it was the discovery of that 1-year-old girl in a Hood County subdivision that launched the search for the boy.
The paper reported that authorities received a 911 call at 9:46 a.m. Friday, saying that the girl had been found, alone, in the neighborhood.
Neighbors recognized the girl and took her to her family’s home.
“When they got to the home, they found a baby sitter and they realized another child, a 3-year-old boy, was missing,” Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said.
Deeds said that because the home is near Lake Granbury, officials called in employees of the Brazos River Authority and area game wardens to help search for the boy.
“We were fearing the worst and hoping for the best,” he said.
At around 11 a.m. searchers found a bike with training wheels near a dock on the lake, about a half-block from his home. The bike is suspected to be the 3-year-old boy's.
The child was found unresponsive, in shallow water near the dock. He was transported to Lake Granbury Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Deeds said.
“The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office will be doing an autopsy, but we do not have any reason to believe that it’s something other than a drowning,” he said.
Results of that autopsy have not yet been reported.
WFAA News identified the boy as Aaryn Thacker.
The KTVT story indicates police also arrested his mother, Azaria Thacker, Friday for possession of a controlled substance, but she has not been accused of anything linked to her son’s death.
Deeds told the Star-Telegram that Thacker was at work when her son disappeared and was driven to the hospital by a state trooper.
Photo Credit: Star-Telegram courtesy of Hood County Sheriff’s Office