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$40K bond granted in child drowning case

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Buford couple jailed for a week after a child climbed into their uncovered backyard pool and drowned was granted bond Thursday that one defense attorney called "reasonable."

Shawn and Tanya Moon were expected to each post $40,000 bond and be released from the Gwinnett County Jail after they waived a probable cause hearing Thursday afternoon, attorneys for the married couple said.

Prosecutors agreed to the bond amount under the stipulation that the couple is to have no unsupervised contact with children under age 16. Their five children remain in Division of Family and Children Services custody, said attorney Lee Sexton, who represents Shawn Moon.

Neither Sexton nor Rand Csehy, attorney for Tanya Moon, could say whether the couple was running a day care at their Bradford Walk Trail home when the child drowned.

The small courtroom was half-filled Thursday with family and friends supporting the couple, who were expected to appear before Magistrate Court Judge Angela Duncan. None of the Moons' supporters wished to comment on the case.

Police arrested the couple on second-degree child cruelty and reckless conduct charges after Abiola Bankolemoh, 2, wandered into their backyard, climbed into an above-ground pool and did not resurface March 19, police said.

The victim was among four children Tanya Moon, 34, was employed to baby-sit when he drowned. Investigators said she watched the children on a daily basis, though she was not a licensed child caretaker, as the state requires.

Police arrested Tanya Moon and her husband, who was elsewhere at the time, following an investigation at the home. A separate investigation by the Division of Family and Children Services is pending, officials have said.