Investigators to review case of NC toddler who drowned

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CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — The Moore County Department of Social Services’ board has authorized its director to hire three people to conduct an independent investigation into the drowning of a toddler whose mother is charged in his death.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2eJvWJl) the investigators will review information regarding the death of 23-month-old Rylan Ott, who drowned in April.

Rylan was removed from the custody of his mother, Samantha Nacole Bryant of Carthage, in October 2015. In December 2015, a judge ordered that Bryant regain custody.

His guardian ad litem and temporary parents argued against the move in court. DSS monitored Rylan and his mother until his death.

His mother remains in the Moore County jail, charged with felony child abuse and involuntary manslaughter.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com