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Hoke woman gets probation on child neglect charges

Posted July 30, 2008

— April Dru Jimmerson was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse after her son, Austin, then 2, was found dead floating in a swimming pool on July 2, 2006.

After months of investigation, authorities said, they learned that Jimmerson had a history of child neglect that led to her son's drowning.

Jimmerson, 26, of Helen's Lane in Lumber Bridge, plead guilty to the charges and spent two days in jail. She will be subject to supervised probation in Hoke County.


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  • Weetie Jul 31, 2008

    Another slap on the wrist. And we wonder what's wrong with our society?!!?!!

  • skaternum Jul 31, 2008

    What exactly do they mean by "a history of negelct"?

  • daMoFo Jul 31, 2008

    Gosh, I hope they're not being too hard on her.

  • Jayne Jul 31, 2008

    RIP AUSTIN... you are in my thoughts April...

  • Mom of two Jul 31, 2008

    This is not right at all. What is PROBATION? Sounds like an easy way out to me. Are these judges just plain lazy today?

  • blablah Jul 31, 2008

    1Moms_View - I totally agree with you. With her history, she should NOT be allowed to have children again. So many want children and can't have them...then you have someone like this who neglects the child, thus causing death. If she didn't want her babe, she should have given him to a family who would. I know, I know...easier said than done. There just should be something that could have been done to prevent the lose.

  • Adelinthe Jul 31, 2008


    With a history of child neglect that led to the death of a 2-year old???

    What a travesty!!!

    This woman should be in prison where she should be forced to take child development classes.

    Praying for the rest of her children, if she has any.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • robbincasino Jul 31, 2008

    Better question. If she had already been accused of neglect before and the county was aware of the neglect, why was the child still with her?

  • lilbit278 Jul 30, 2008

    They got to be kidding!!!

  • 1Moms_View Jul 30, 2008

    That is so wrong...just another example of our liberal justice system. That female shouldn't ever be allowed to have a child living with her again. She had a history of neglect, yet she only spends one day in jail and probation??? Sickening.