A grieving mother whose two young children died less than a year apart while under their grandmother’s supervision has demanded her arrest.
Kaila Nix stated that her mother, Tracey Nix, deserves to be imprisoned following the hot car death of her 7-month-old son Uriel Schock in November and the drowning death of her 16-month-old son Ezra in December 2021.
“If I’m being objective, she should go to prison,” said Kaila Nix to WSVN. “It pains me as her daughter to say it. As their mother, I insist upon it. I will defend them.”
On November 1, while Tracey, 65, was babysitting her granddaughter, Uriel Schock, at her Florida residence, the infant was discovered dead in the back seat of her SUV.
She has been charged with manslaughter for the death in the hot car.
The 2019 Lexus was parked with all of its windows closed outside Nix’s home in the small town of Wauchula, Florida, on a fall day when temperatures reached 90 degrees.
Tracey, a former school principal, conversed with her dog and practiced the piano inside her home.
According to an affidavit from the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office, the grandmother told police that she had “just forgotten” about her granddaughter after returning home from lunch with friends.
Seven-month-old Uriel Schock died after being left in a hot vehicle by her grandmother, who is facing an aggravated manslaughter charge.
Not until one of her other grandchildren arrived did she realize that baby Uriel had been in the SUV all afternoon, she said.
The husband of the grandmother, Nun Ney Nix, discovered the unresponsive infant in the backseat and attempted CPR, but to no avail.
“It is heartbreaking to consider her final moments as a mother,” Uriel’s mother told ABC Action News.
Through sobs, her partner Drew Schock questioned, “How can you forget a little girl?”
The infant girl passed away eleven months after her 16-month-old brother Ezra drowned in a pond while in the care of their grandmother.
In 2021, three days before Christmas, Tracey reportedly dozed off on the couch. When she awoke and could not locate her young grandson, she contacted her husband for assistance.
Later, Ezra was discovered unresponsive in a few inches of standing water outside his grandmother’s residence.
Kaila was six months pregnant with Uriel when she was involved in a head-on collision on her way to her mother’s house after receiving a call about her son.
“All of my airbags deployed, I don’t recall how I got out, but I did and immediately began running to my parents’ house without shoes. “I’m simply running,” she reflected. That was the extent of my desire to reach my son.
After their son’s drowning death, Kaila and Shock said they did not trust Tracey “at all” and would never allow their 4-year-old eldest child to visit her home.
Kaila Nix said, “We were anxious, but I loved my mother and I am a daughter who wanted her mother in her life in some capacity, so in that moment I believed in second chances.”
The mother of three added that she was relieved to learn that her son’s death was ruled accidental.
“A small part of me as a child thought, ‘Good, I get to keep my mother. This matriarch. This individual,'” she said about Tracey Nix.
Kaila Nix stated that she felt comfortable leaving her daughter with her mother on November 22 because she knew and trusted the people she was having lunch with.
Within a few hours, she said, a deputy from the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office arrived at her residence to inform her that her infant had passed away.
“And I replied, ‘Excuse me, what? I am aware that Ezra is deceased. What are you doing here? What is this? “No, Kaila, your baby is dead,” the officer told her, as she recalled.
William Fletcher, the attorney for Tracey Nix, stated that Uriel’s death in the hot car was “obviously an accident” and that the grandmother was “completely devastated” by the deaths of her two grandchildren.
The 65-year-old could face between 12 and 30 years in prison if found guilty of aggravated manslaughter in her granddaughter’s death, according to the attorney.
“If I’m objective, she needs to go to prison,” Kaila Nix said. “As her daughter, it kills me to say it. As their mother, I demand it. I will fight for them.”