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Baby sitter faces charges after 3-year-old dies

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An 18-year-old baby sitter faces charges after a 3-year-old boy she was supposed to be watching was found unresponsive in Lake Granbury on Friday morning and later died.

Briana Delbridge of Granbury was being questioned Friday about the death of Aaryn Jay Thacker. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said she is facing a child endangerment charge.

“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,” Deeds said. “However, the investigation continues.”

Authorities began searching for the boy after receiving a 911 call at 9:46 a.m., saying that a 1-year-old girl had been found in Sandy Beach, a subdivision in unincorporated Hood County.

Passers-by recognized her and took her home, a short distance away, Deeds said. “When they got to the home, they found a baby sitter and they realized another child, a 3-year-old boy, was missing.”

Because the area is near the lake, several searchers, including Brazos River Authority employees and game wardens, were called in to help.

“We were fearing the worst and hoping for the best,” he said.

About a half-block from the boy’s home, searchers found a bicycle with training wheels, believed to belong to the boy, near a boat dock, Deeds said.

At 10:58 a.m., the boy was found unresponsive in shallow water near the dock. He was pronounced dead at Lake Granbury Medical Center, Deeds said.

The sitter was taken into custody, Deeds said. “I am confident charges will be filed before too long,” he said.

Deeds said the children’s mother was at work and was driven to the hospital by a state trooper.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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