Moore County woman charged in toddler's drowning
Posted April 20
Carthage, N.C. — A Moore County woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with the drowning death of her son last week.
Samantha Nacole Bryant, 30, of Carthage, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child neglect.
Her son, Rylan Ott, who was three weeks shy of his second birthday, was found unresponsive in a pond off Pond Branch Road near Vass on Thursday and was pronounced dead at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.
The pond where Ott’s body was found was almost half a mile from his home.
Neighbors said that the boy was often outside alone and sometimes wandered off to neighbor’s yards.
Bryant has been on probation since February after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor counts of child abuse. Warrants state that, in October, she "consumed alcohol excessively" and fought with firearms in the presence of three children.
She also previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a government official and resisting a public officer.
Bryant was being held at the Moore County Detention Center under a $200,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on May 31.