@Sqweebie - what heartless drivel. There's no parent in this world, you
included, whose children are 100% protected from life-threatening freakish
accidents. What if your child's fall had broken his neck instead of his
arm, and he was unable to cry out? If you were at your house, within sight,
instead of at the playground, I think we can all assume you had some household
distractions, no matter how diligently you kept looking back to the playground.
It takes just a second for a tragedy to occur, and the 1 minute you're
looking away could make the difference between life and death. Other than your
own sanctimony, we have no evidence that you are more immune from tragedy
because of perfect parenting than those in this story.If you claim
you or a guardian never took your eyes off your children for the split second it
would take for a multitude of freakish mortal accidents to occur, I say baloney.
And if something terrible happened in that instant, I'd say shame on anyone
who called you a negligent parent.To survive, every child needs not
only vigilant parents, but some luck and a host of guardian angels.
to one old Man - yes I am a parent and a three year old is still not old enough
to be outside playing on a swing without adult supervision. Over the age of 5
yes they can but not three they are just too curious. Yes, accidents
do happen. I have a child (now in his 30s) who at the age of 8 or 9 broke his
arm on the playground. I could see the play area from my kitchen and dining room
windows so I heard the him scream when he fell. Even big kids get hurt but when
a toddler is outside without supervision that is in my opinion child neglect.I
have lived in a couple of communitees here in the valley that have it in their
lease no kids under 5 outside without parental supervision - they are gated
I'm sorry for them. The father will be suffering enough. I've never
heard of that happening. Life is so unfair. There are terrible parents doing
drugs in front of their kids and neglecting them but something terrible happens
to doting good parents anyway.
Sqweebie, are you a parent? Three year olds are quite capable of caring for
themselves in many situations. A back yard is normally a safe place.But in any safe place, there can still be hazards many people don't
recognize.For example -- your bathroom. How many parents realize
that a couple hundred toddlers drown in toilets every year. Yes, they're
fascinated by water, so they reach down into the toilet. But being top heavy,
they fall in and then it's impossible for them get out alone. And they
can't cry out.A rope swing can be made safer by running the
ropes through a couple lengths of old garden hose. Then the ropes can't
twist around a child.It takes constant vigilance. And many of the
hazards our children face don't stand out with big red flags.Let's not add any more grief to this family's burden. Yours could
very well be next to make the headlines of tragedy. It's NOT always a
result of outright negligence.
I'm sorry for the lost but why wasn't a parent outside with the child?
Three years old is too young to be outside without parental supervision even in
their own yard.