Swing accident claims life of 3-year-old girl

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    April 8, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    @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.

  • Sqweebie Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2013 1:47 a.m.

    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 communities

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    April 7, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 7, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    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.

  • Sqweebie Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    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.