A former Florida principal is charged with manslaughter after another grandchild died while she was babysitting.
Former Principle Babysits Granddaughter For the Last Time
Tracey Nix, aged 65, is being charged with aggravated manslaughter following the discovery of her 11-month-old granddaughter, Uriel Schock (depicted on the left), deceased in a hot vehicle on November 1, 2022.
Tracey Nix, a former principal in Hardee County, could face between 12 to 30 years in prison if convicted.
According to a complaint affidavit from the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, Nix was playing the piano as her 11-month-old granddaughter passed away inside a Lexus SUV parked in the front yard, with the windows rolled up.
Nix Forgot About the Baby in the Hot Car
Nix allegedly claimed that she suddenly realized the infant was still in the vehicle when one of her grandsons arrived.
The defendant’s husband, Nun Ney Nix, retrieved Uriel from the vehicle and began CPR.
Nix was babysitting Uriel on the day in question while the baby’s mother was out getting her hair done. Uriel’s parents, Kaila and Drew Schock, spoke to ABC Action News I-Team following the incident.
“And that it actually just f—ing happened twice. In our lifetime,” Drew said.
On the day of the incident, Nix was taking care of Uriel while the baby’s mother was getting her hair done. Following the incident, Uriel’s parents, Kaila and Drew Schock, spoke to the ABC Action News I-Team.
This is the 2nd Time Nix Babysat and the Child Died
Uriel’s one-year-old brother, Ezra, was also under Nix’s care in 2021, three days before Christmas, when he drowned in a nearby pond.
“I could see the helicopter landing,” Kaila said. “I didn’t look. When there was a stop sign,” adding that she was driving so fast to the scene that she got into a head-on collision with another driver.
“I was told unless I believed that my mom held my son’s head under the water and intentionally killed him, that there is nothing else that they can do about my son’s death,” Kaila said.
Kaila, who was pregnant with Uriel at the time, was only aware that Nix claimed to have fallen asleep when Ezra wandered to the pond.
The incident report indicates that Nix’s husband was holding Ezra in a recliner while Nix was on the sofa. According to Mr. Nix, the baby fell asleep on the recliner, and he left him with his wife, who was awake on the sofa, to go run errands.
Nix informed the police later that she unintentionally fell asleep, and Ezra wandered off. She woke up and drove around in search of her grandson, eventually finding him in a large pond stocked with ducks on the west side of the property.
Kaila didn’t “trust [Tracey Nix] at all” after the incident, but eventually decided that she loved her mother and wanted her to be a part of Uriel’s life.
“You couldn’t fathom it happening twice,” Drew said. “Somebody has to answer for that.”
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