- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they were called multiple times to the home of a Florida Panhandle boy who drowned in a backyard pool.

Stephanie Williford Howell was charged Wednesday with child neglect in the Sept. 3 death of her 3-year-old son Karson in a Defuniak Springs pool.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1pWry2n ) that according to Walton County authorities, Karson was pulled unconscious from another pool three weeks before he drowned.

In May, the sheriff’s office says Karson’s grandfather - a deputy - found the boy sitting alongside a highway after slipping away unnoticed from six other adults. In another incident, Karson’s younger brother was hospitalized with severe sunburns after a family beach outing.

Williford Howell was held on $10,000 bail. Jail records did not show whether she had an attorney.


Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), https://www.nwfdailynews.com

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