On Tuesday, August 7, at about 5:30 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address in the Boston Hwy area in reference to the drowning of a two-year-old child.
Upon their arrival, the deputies found the father, Isaac White, and his brother-in-law preforming CPR on a small child next to a swimming pool.
The deputies took over CPR until Jefferson County Fire Rescue (JCFR) arrived.
Once on scene, JCFR evaluated the patient and the child was pronounced deceased.
During the subsequent investigation, law enforcement learned that around 3:15 p.m., the father was tasked with the child’s wellbeing while the mother went to Tallahassee.
The father admitted to investigators that he was aware that the child had walked out of the back door of the residence and waited several minutes before checking on the child.
When the father couldn’t locate the child while searching around the residence, he walked the perimeter of the property to try to locate the child.
When the father was unable to locate the child, he contacted the mother and told her their child was missing.
The mother returned home a short time later, and during a continued search for the two-year-old, they located the child at the bottom of the swimming pool.
After interviewing multiple neighbors, law enforcement learned that this child has walked off the property on multiple occasions. Several neighbors made statements that the child has been known to roam the neighborhood without the parents being aware of his location.
Based on evidence located at the scene and interviews of witnesses and family members, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office submitted a warrant for review with the State Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, August 8 for Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child.
The warrant was approved, and signed by a judge.
White was arrested on Friday, August 10, and was later released on $25,000 bond.