A fight for charges in the death of a 4-month-old baby finally came to an end Thursday evening.
The mother and the father of a 4-month-old baby, Maverick Lassard are finally in jail since his death in August of 2017.
Maverick’s father, Tyler Lassard was the first parent charged in the infant’s death by Onslow County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 21. with misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and misdemeanor child abuse. Tyler is currently in pre-trial confinement on a $3,000 bond for child abuse charges and a $10,000 bond for drug charges.
Lassard was initially arrested and booked into the Onslow County Jail under felony possession of heroin, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin and misdemeanor maintaining of a vehicle or dwelling place for controlled substance charges. Three months later on Nov. 21, he was charged in the death of his son.
Early on in Maverick’s death investigation, it was unclear if Tyler had anything to do with his infant child’s death, but Sheriff Hans Miller called in the Special Victims Unit to investigate. The autopsy report of the four-month-old infant showed no signs of physical trauma that would have caused the death.
On August 7, 2017, Maverick was found face down in his crib with a blanket over his head at 1:15 p.m. Police say they received a call at 2:03 p.m., and he was officially reported deceased at 2:11 p.m., according to the autopsy report.
In the report, it read that Maverick’s father Tyler Lassard allegedly had often gotten angry with Maverick and “thump him on the face or head.”
Police warrants say Tyler allegedly struck the child in the head, leaving bruises on the forehead. He is also accused of leaving the infant by himself for an extensive period of time. The autopsy concluded the cause of Maverick’s death is “undetermined.”
Inmates of Onslow County Jail who were released told News In Onslow, that a couple of months ago, Tyler later tried to commit suicide days after he was arrested on drug charges. An autopsy report confirmed the inmate’s story and stated that Tyler jumped off the second deck of the jail and sprained his ankle.
The mother of Maverick, Santana Jo Mosher will join Tyler behind bars after she allegedly been on the run since Maverick’s death. Officials say Mosher was arrested Thursday at the bus station on Onslow Drive, by Jacksonville Police Department. She was charged with misdemeanor child abuse by neglect and delinquency of a minor. Warrants say Mosher is accused of neglecting Maverick Lassard since the day he was born on March 28, 2017, until his death on August 7, 2017.
Mosher evaded to New York to escape the known charges in the death of her child but officials said when they learned she was returning to Jacksonville, they notified Jacksonville Police Department to execute the warrant.
Mosher remains in pre-trial confinement in the Onslow County Jail under a $3,500 bond. Her scheduled court date is March 1, according to warrants. Tyler Lassard next court date is also scheduled on March 1 on the child abuse charges.
Lisa Collela, who started the “Justice For Maverick” Facebook page and the rest of baby Maverick’s family released a statement to News In Onslow Friday morning:
“We are thankful for Maj. Chris Thomas who continues to work hard towards justice on behalf of Maverick. Our family is confident that Santana is/was involved in his death. We are disheartened that Santana’s bail is so low in comparison to those facing drug charges, but we will work on that another day. For now, we are thankful for this accomplishment.”