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Onslow babysitter charged in toddler's drowning death

Posted October 12, 2010

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— An Onslow County woman was charged Tuesday in the drowning of a 19-month-old girl last month, authorities said.

Amanda Gayle Stump, no age or address available, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Sept. 27 death of Sadie Gates, Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said in a statement.

The child drowned after wandering away from her mobile home and falling into a ditch that had filled with water during heavy rains that drenched the coast two weeks ago.

Hudson said prosecutors and Onslow County deputies reviewed the facts of the case before deciding to charge Stump.

"As in other tragic cases involving young drowning victims, parents and caretakers need to understand the dangers present when children are around water," Hudson said.


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  • wildcat Oct 12, 2010

    What was she doing that she could not keep a sharp eye out for this child? Nothing important I can assure you of that. A child lost their life because of her not caring attitude.

  • wildcat Oct 12, 2010

    Apparently the baby-sitter was not watching the child like she was supposed to be doing. She should be charged. How can she face the parents now? Parents be sure and aware of who you get to watch over your children. My prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

  • sssh.. whisper Oct 12, 2010

    RIP little one.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 12, 2010

    mgratk, maybe stories like this will help you understand that people may not treat children as well as you like, when they didn't want them in the first place.

    A wanted child is a loved child. What is an unwanted child?

    So, it would behoove you to make it easier for them to NOT have them in first place...birth control, sex ed, etc.

    Or...not...and we'll continue to see these parents treating their children badly.

  • simplemind2 Oct 12, 2010

    Hummmm, a 19-month-old girl died during the baby-sitter's watch. I recently retired from the IT company which I worked for more than 25 years and have being baby-sitting my own First Grand-Daughter since she was born. Whenever I baby-sit her, I watched her like a Hawk and I never let her out of my sight. I baby-sit her for free and while she's under my care, she's gotten my full attention - i.e. I don't turn the TV on. Watch her is the best job that I ever had.

  • illegals--GO HOME Oct 12, 2010

    This is sad, but kids watch what we do and learn early how to do the doors and such. It is tragic it ended this way, but unless they can show some negligence on her part I would have a hard time convicting if on that jury. I hate that the parents lost their child, but it may have happened even if they were home. Kids are determined little creatures and we have to be vigilent to watch over them. But, we have all been in one room and a child in the other and not watching them every single minute. Chimes on doors are great ideas for safety for your little ones.

  • mgratk Oct 12, 2010

    Hey, we live in a throw away society. Throw away whatever and whoever isn't inconvenient-- fetuses, elderly, small children. Now I'm not saying this woman purposefully let the kid run off and drown, but as a whole our entire society doesn't place enough value on life, and hence we have people letting toddlers run off, running them over in their car seats, etc.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 12, 2010

    Wow, all that risk for $8 or 10/hr? Why would it be worth baby sitting at all? A small child could run out the front door, fall on a sharp object or off the deck and die...and they'd hold the sitter responsible. No thanks.

  • NoObamaCare Oct 12, 2010

    I remember a time my child went outside, and the only way I caught them was by the chime on the door when they opened it. Kids are quick and need to be monitored constantly!

  • Adelinthe Oct 12, 2010

    I understand.

    How'd the child get out of her home without her noticing it?

    That's the question.

    Praying for those who loved Sadie.

    God bless.