A 65-year-old grandmother has been charged after his granddaughter died less than a year after her brother passed away at the same house.
Tracey Nix from Florida returned home from a restaurant and started playing piano inside their home.
She reportedly forgot about 7-month-old Uriel Schock in the back of her car with the windows rolled up as temperatures reached 89F (31C) that day.
Sadly, Uriel died in the back of the SUV while Nix was inside the house.
Uriel’s grieving mother, Kaila Nix, took to Facebook and said she had entrusted the care of her baby to Tracey while she went to a hair salon.
Tracey only discover that her granddaughter was still in the vehicle when her grandson arrived. Her husband, Nun Ney Nix, quickly performed CPR but it was already too late.
Less than a year before Uriel’s death, her brother Ezra drowned in a nearby pond at the age of 16 months.
Speaking about her heartbreak, Kaila told CNN: “To think of the last moments of her life as a mother is gut-wrenching,”
Uriel’s father, Drew, also said: “And that it actually just f***ing happened twice. In our lifetime.”
During the investigation into Ezra’s death, information was withheld from Kaila.
“They withheld information from me, per my request, per my doctor’s advice, that any information that would work me up or make me emotionally distressful would be harmful to my unborn child,” she said.
“And I knew in that moment that as much as I loved [Ezra], that [Uriel] was a real life and she was coming and it would be wrong of me to lose her over him and hurt her and take her.”
After Ezra’s death, Drew and Kaila did not want to trust Tracey to take care of their children.
“We were anxious, but I loved my mother and I am a daughter that wanted her mum in her life in some capacity, and in that moment, I thought that I could believe in second chances,” Kaila expressed.
“When I was told that Ezra’s death was an accident, some sliver child part of me, thought, okay good, I get to keep this mum. This grandmother. This person.”
Tracey’s attorney, William Fletcher, said that the grandmother is ‘devastated’ about the tragic deaths of her two grandchildren.
If found guilty of Uriel’s death, she faces between 12 to 30 years in prison.
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