A Jacksonville mother is out of jail after being charged in the death of her 20-month-old daughter who drowned. The same woman was given probation in a similar case three years ago.
Jacksonville Police say 27-year-old Amanda Reed of Forest Grove Avenue has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Mercadiez Reed May 11th .
The investigation shows the child drowned in a residential swimming pool while in Reed's care. The warrant says Reed was grossly negligent in not supervising the child while the 20-month-old was in the backyard with a swimming pool.
Reed was released from jail on a $30,000 bond after turning herself into Jacksonville police Wednesday morning.
Reed was convicted last year in another toddler drowning. She pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter for the death of a 19-month-old girl who drowned in a rain-swollen drainage ditch in 2010. Investigators said Reed confessed to smoking marijuana and taking a prescription anti-depressant before the child was dropped off at her home to be watched.
The woman was given a suspended sentence in that case.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.