DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – North Texas father Derrick Giddings said simply, “It’s unexplainable.” The man said he can’t comprehend how his 3-year-old child could have drowned.
Now a friend’s alleged focus on Facebook and inattention on babysitting has 37-year-old Kariasa Thomas behind bars and Giddings remembering how his daughter, Kanyce, couldn’t even swim. “She [Thomas] was not watching my daughter. For her to tell her to sit down on the steps knowing that she can’t swim or anything and something happen.”
According to court papers Thomas, a family friend, took Kanyce and three other children to the swimming pool at her apartment complex on June 22. Officials say the pool was actually closed, but Thomas decided to stay anyway.
Then instead of watching the kid’s investigators say Thomas got on Facebook. An investigator noted that Thomas “was on Facebook for an estimated time of 15 minutes.” When questioned Thomas said she also played with her dog.
After having been at the pool for a while, an off-duty officer asked the group to leave. Investigators say Thomas asked the officer for a flashlight so she could search for the little girl in the pool.
The official documents detail how when Thomas walked into the water she allegedly kicked the child’s lifeless body.
While Giddings says he’s heartbroken, he said he doesn’t hate his friend. “I talked to her [Thomas] the very next day and told her I forgive her.” CBS 11 News Reporter Arezow Doost asked how Thomas responded. “She said she is sorry,” Giddings recalled.
CBS 11 tried to talk to Thomas’ daughter, who police say was also at the pool. When a crew caught up with her she said, “Can you go away? We don’t want to talk to anybody.” When Arezow asked if there was anyone she could talk to Thomas’ daughter said, “Nobody” and slammed the door shut.
Now Kanyce’s family is left praying for strength. “I forgive her. I told her from my heart, because that’s the right thing for me to do in order to be right with the good Lord.”
Kariasa Thomas has been charged with Reckless Injury to a Child and remains in the Dallas County Jail.
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