Homicide charge stays for Greenville Co. foster parent

Travis Wagner

GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — A Greenville County judge denied a motion to dismiss homicide by child abuse charges for Travis Wagner.

In December, Wagner was charged with homicide by child abuse after foster child Za’Marion Wilcox drowned at a community pool over Labor Day weekend.

Video captured the drowning described in a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

The sergeant over the case said Wagner was in the pool with his two children and a neighbor’s child, while Za’Marion walked around the edge of the pool.

The sergeant said at one point Za’Marion placed a towel over his head, walking the edge of the pool. Za’Marion fell in, going under the water unnoticed for more than 2 minutes.

The sergeant stated that Za’Marion did not know how to swim and was not wearing any flotation devices.

Defense lawyer Sloan Ellis filed to dismiss the charge, based on the case McKnight vs. State, claiming that negligence is not enough to stand on for a charge of homicide by child abuse.

That motion was denied. The case will now move to a grand jury.

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