A devastated woman whose two young children died less than a year apart while under the care of their grandmother has called for her to be jailed.
Kaila Schock tearfully requested her mother Tracey Nix, 65, be sent to prison over the deaths of Ezra, 16 months, and Uriel, seven months.
Ezra died from drowning on Nix’s property while the grandmother slept in December 2021.
Uriel died less than a year later in November 2022 after being left in a hot car while her grandmother was practicing the piano inside.
‘If I’m objective – she needs to go to prison. As her daughter, it kills me to say it. As their mother, I demand it,’ she told WSVN in an emotional interview.
Nix has been charged with manslaughter and she faces up to 30 years in prison for Uriel’s death.
Police had previously attempted to charge her for Ezra’s death, but the State Attorney’s Office declined it.
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Kaila Schock (left, with husband Drew) has tearfully requested her own mother go to prison over the death of her children Ezra, 16 months, and Uriel, seven months, in December 2021 and November 2022, respectfully
Tracey Nix, 65, had two grandchildren die under her watch. Seen here in her mugshot
Ezra died in December 2021 on Nix’s property after wandering into a pond and drowning while his grandmother slept just three days before Christmas.
While her husband, Nun Ney Nix, was out running errands, Nix fell asleep and little Ezra managed to open the door and climb under the fence and head toward the pond.
Nun Ney called Kaila’s husband, Drew Schock, after returning home and told him: ‘Something happened to Ezra.’
Kaila, who had an older son named Asher and was six months pregnant with Uriel at the time, rushed to her parent’s home, driving 85mph and getting in a head-on collision on her way as she watched a helicopter head toward their address.
‘I could see the helicopter landing,’ she recalled to WSVN. ‘I didn’t look when there was a stop sign.
‘All of my airbags went off, I don’t remember how I got out, but I got out and started running to my parent’s house and at this point, I don’t have shoes. I’m just running.
‘That was my desperation to get to my son.’
When she arrived at the home, Ezra was dead.
Kaila was advised to forego being on the frontlines of the investigation in order to protect the pregnancy of her soon-to-be daughter.
Nix, of Florida, has been charged with manslaughter and she faces up to 30 years in prison for Uriel’s death
‘They withheld information from me, per my request, per my doctor’s advice, that any information that would work me up or make me emotionally distressful would be harmful to my unborn child,’ she told WSVN.
Police had attempted to file charges against Nix at the time, but the Florida Attorney’s Office ‘stated that a one-time lapse of judgment would not establish culpable negligence of the caretaker.’
Kalia and Drew had no idea about the attempted charge until after their daughter’s death.
The couple said they did not allow their first-born son, Asher, to be alone with Nix after Ezra’s passing because they didn’t trust the grandmother ‘at all.’
Months after losing Ezra, the grieving mother gave birth to her third child, Uriel.
‘There wasn’t a moment to get a grip of the death of my son before there was the life of my daughter. And how beautiful is that,’ she said.
‘She came out so small, she was beautiful and just radiant.’
In November 2022, Kaila left Uriel in her mother’s care while going to get her hair done.
Ezra died in December 2021 after drowning in a pool on his grandmother Tracey Nix’s property while she slept
Uriel died nearly a year later after Nix ‘just forgot’ the children in the back of her vehicle on a 90-degree day
She knew her mother had lunch plans with friends and said she trusted them, as she rarely allowed her daughter to be unsupervised with Nix.
‘Uri was at a restaurant with other people that I knew and trusted, they were in the friend group and were keeping her safe, and I had supervised many, many, many interactions at this point at my house,’ she told WSVN.
Uriel died after being left in Nix’s car in 90-degree heat. Nix said she ‘just forgot’ her granddaughter in her car after returning home from lunch with her friends.
She was practicing the piano when she ‘all of a sudden’ remembered the toddler.
Nun Ney ran out and began CPR on the child but was unsuccessful.
Drew told Fox 13: ‘When I pulled up to the house, I’m coming to pick up my little girl, and there are ambulances there, and I’m thinking: “What the is going on?” I was having flashbacks, because when I pulled back with Ezra there, it was the same exact scene.’
Police showed up at Kaila’s door to share the heart-wrenching news, but the mother was confused.
‘I said: “I’m sorry, what? I know Ezra’s dead. Why are you here, like what — what is this?”‘ Kalia recalled. ‘[He said:] “No Kaila, your baby is dead.”‘
‘You couldn’t fathom it happening twice,’ Drew said. ‘Somebody has to answer for that.
‘I want justice for my son. I want justice because he didn’t get that. And now I got to sit here and expose this. That way, I don’t let what happened to my son happen with my daughter. And just get off scot-free because I couldn’t live with that as a parent.’
Drew with their son Asher and late son Ezra at an unknown time
Kalia and Drew want their children to know that they are ‘sorry’ and that their lives were ‘taken by someone that we believed was worthy of trust’
Nix’s lawyer, William Fletcher, argued that the deaths were ‘obviously an accident.’
‘The question was – is it culpable negligence?’ he told WSVN. ‘Tracey loves her daughter and her son-in-law and all of her children and her grandchildren.
‘I got a couple grandkids and you feel the same way about your grandkids, so the parents are hurting, but the grandparents are hurting too. So there’s no winners here.’
As for the jury, Fletcher wants them to look at the facts of the case and nothing else to determine if Nix was negligence or not, as he worries Nix won’t receive a fair trial.
‘Looking at what really happened, as far as Uriel, the baby girl,’ Fletcher said. ‘And deciding, is this culpable negligence?
‘Everybody is just seeing this one narrative: “She’s responsible. She’s responsible,” and I’m here to say as much as I ethically can, it’s not true.’
As for Kalia and Drew, they want their late children to know that they are ‘sorry’ and that their lives were ‘taken by someone that we believed was worthy of trust.’