AUGUSTA, Ga. — When divers pulled 7-year-old Hannah Ross’s body from the lake on Fort Gordon, it was the end to a search effort the community never wanted to see.
A parent’s worst fear became a reality for Lauren Sackman, and she still has trouble accepting that she will never see her little girl again.
“We had a routine; it’s get dressed, get comfy, dinner, bathtime, bedtime, and it’s like that every night. So I thought, OK, get your pajamas on. I’m going to start dinner,” she said.
After every inch of Fort Gordon was combed for any trace of Hannah, divers found her body at the bottom of a lake behind the family’s home.
Sackman says she didn’t know there was a lake behind their house, and that if she had known there was, “… we would have had to live somewhere else.”
Some of her neighbors had no idea, either.
Hannah was autistic, and so is her little brother, William.
Their disability makes safety measures a necessity for their family.
“The is not helping, equipping us with alarms, extra locks, higher fences. They refuse to help us in that department,” Sackman siad.
She asked if she could install extra locks, door alarms and window alarms in their home when they moved in, but the housing company said it was against their policy.
Sackman is upset that the company has such stringent rules.
“When it comes to safety of our kids, I don’t think there should be any rules. I think we should be able to do what we need to do to keep them safe,” she said.