A 25-year-old mother whose young son drowned in the care of a babysitter was sentenced to four years of probation by a Hood County jury on Thursday.
Azaria Thacker was found guilty of causing injury to a child by criminal negligence and endangering a child.
The babysitter, 18-year-old Briana Delbridge, is accused of being high on methamphetamine when Thacker left her children with Delbridge at their home near Lake Granbury on May 15, 2015.
Thacker’s son, 3-year-old Aaryan, wandered away from the home and was later found drowned in the lake.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Delbridge, who had been living at Thacker’s home, denied being high on meth, according to a Child Protective Services affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram last year.
She told Hood County investigator Robert Young that Azaria Thacker had awakened her before leaving for work, but that she fell back asleep. When she woke again, the front door and a gate were open and the children were gone, she told investigators.
Delbridge acknowledged using meth the day before, but told the investigator that she had not taken anything the day of the drowning.
Azaria Thacker told investigators she had previously walked in on Delbridge using meth, but did not feel her children were in jeopardy being left in her care.
Delbridge, who has not gone to trial, is charged with two counts of endangering a child, injuring a child and possessing less than one gram of a controlled substance.