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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.

4-month-old Maverick Lassard

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.

Tyler Lassard

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.

Santana Jo Mosher

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.”

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Onslow County Schools under-fire by NAACP after refusing to address racial slurs at Richlands High School

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Onslow County Schools are refusing to take action against a racial slur, which now has the NAACP involved.

Pender High School boys basketball team was visiting Richlands Monday, Feb. 12. when they discovered a racial slur painted in the visiting team’s locker room. A hopeful investigation is underway at Richlands High School into the racial slur being painted in the locker room. Onslow County Schools have yet to release a statement to the public regarding the racial slur, despite this incident being the third racial incident at Richlands High School.

Pender High School basketball coach Craig Wilson took to social media to express his concerns and frustration about the incident.

Wilson’s previous post read:

Million things going through my mind right now. We lost out tonight in conference tournament. I can live with that. We didn’t play well. But here’s what I can’t live with. On Saturday we played at Richlands high school. One of our kids on jv got into a fight on the court because a kid from Richlands called him a nigger and all hell broke loose. Tonight we get to the gym and they have us in the same locker room that we were in on Saturday. Written on the locker plain as day is NIGGER… I get the AD and he simply says let me get something and clean it off. Sorry, I didn’t know it was there. We also learn that this same high school got into a fight with our varsity football team for calling one of our players, yep you guessed it, a nigger… this is three racial slurs involving the same school.

Reverend Dante Murphy, President of The Pender County NAACP branch, said ” It is my sincere hope that the NCHSAA, the involved school systems, and other entities involved divert from the strong indicators of minimizing and covering up this issue and work transparently with the public.”

Murphy said in a Facebook post, that the Pender County NAACP  “initiated a formal request to the NCHSAA that school officials at Richlands High School be investigated for the unacknowledged acts of racial hatred involving Richlands High School during sporting events. We are asking local NAACP branches, elected officials, and citizens across this state to join us in resolving these acts of evils.”

This recent incident makes the third time a racial slur has been used or published during Richlands High School sporting events, that Onslow County Schools and Richlands High School has refused to respond to the pattern of behavior.

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Calls for gun control grow louder after Florida shooting

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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people.

Thousands of angry protesters in Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg gathered Saturday to demand immediate action by legislators. More demonstrations are planned across the country in the weeks ahead.

Organizers are calling for a 17-minute walkout by teachers and students on March 14. The Network for Public Education announced a day of walkouts, sit-ins and other events on school campuses on April 20. The date is the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado that left 12 students and one teacher dead.

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Quick Facebook post report gets teen mental help, not arrest

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they were able to get mental help for a student who threatened to bring a BB gun to a high school so a police officer would kill him.

Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Detective E. W. Muse Jr. says the teen posted on Facebook earlier this month he wanted the officer at SouthWest Edgecombe High School to kill him.

Muse says the teen said he didn’t want to hurt students or teachers, so he was ordered to a hospital to get mental treatment and suspended from school for the rest of the year.

Muse told the Rocky Mount Telegram that the incident shows why it is so important for students and others to report any threats or strange behavior.

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Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com

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