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Onslow babysitter charged in toddler's drowning death

Posted October 12, 2010 3:32 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2010 3:35 p.m. EDT

— 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.