Florida Grandma “Just Forgot” Infant in Hot Car – Second Child Under Her Care to Die
Florida grandmother Tracey Nix, 65, is in the Hardee County Jail charged with aggravated manslaughter after she “just forgot” that her seven-month-old grandbaby Uriel was in her car on a 90-degree day. This is the second grandchild to die under her care. Nix also cared for her 16-month-old Grandson Ezra a year ago, who drowned in a nearby pond while Nix was asleep.
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The retired Florida school principal allegedly told police that she “just forgot” seven-month-old Uriel Schock was in her car on a 90-degree day while she practiced the piano, according to the probable cause affidavit.
She told police, “All of a sudden” it “came across her head” that Uriel had been in the car all afternoon, the affidavit alleges.
Nix’s husband found the baby in the backseat of her car and tried CPR but couldn’t revive his grandson, police said.
Nix’s daughter Kaila told WSVN
“If I’m objective — she needs to go to prison. As her daughter, it kills me to say it. As their mother, I demand it,” Kaila said. “I will fight for them.”
Nix has been now charged with aggravated manslaughter for Uriel’s November 2022 death.
“When I pulled up to the house, I’m coming to pick up my little girl, and there are ambulances there, and I’m thinking, ‘What is going on?’” Uriel’s dad, Drew Schock, told Fox 13 Tampa Bay. “I was having flashbacks because when I pulled back with Ezra there, it was the same exact scene.”
According to the report, On Dec. 22, 2021, Nix’s husband left for about an hour to run errands. During that time, Nix fell asleep while Ezra exited the house and drowned in a pond near their Hardee County, Florida, home.
This grandma, Tracey Nix, has killed both of these babies – her own grandchildren. You don't sleep & let toddler go drown in lake. You don't play piano while your granddaughter bakes in the car. How negligent can one person be, ffs. pic.twitter.com/O7nZdrJFge
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Kaila is the mother of seven-month-old Uriel and 16-month-old Ezra, who both died less than a year apart in the house of her mom, Tracey Nix, in Hardee County in Florida, USA. pic.twitter.com/7IKoEN8HIP
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The Hardee County Sheriff’s Office said that Ezra had opened the door, gone under a fence, fallen into the pond, and drowned.
By Dec. 31, 2021, police attempted to file a child neglect charge against Nix, but the State Attorney’s Office declined to press charges because of “insufficient evidence.”
“The 2022 incident is factually distinguishable, and charges have been filed,” the State Attorney’s Office said in a statement to ABC Action News in Tampa Bay.
If convicted, Nix could face between 12 and 30 years in prison.
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