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Tuesday, 18 August 2009 17:39

Lubbock toddler dies four days after hit in driveway: Auto Safety

A Lubbock toddler's struggle to survive ended in tragedy Tuesday, four days after the 14-month-old was run over by her mother in what police said was an accident. Aniyah Allen was pronounced dead at Covenant Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson, Michelle Stephens, told The Avalanche-Journal, Tuesday afternoon. The toddler was taken to Covenant after an accident where she received critical injuries to her head and chest around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Police said the mother, 21-year-old Chelsea Manahan, was backing out of the driveway in the 100 block of East 75th street when Aniyah was injured. Investigators said Manahan believed Aniyah was inside the home with the child’s grandmother when the 2007 Buick LaSabre she was driving rolled over her daughter's body. By Josh Hull August 17, 2009

Monday, 17 August 2009 20:50

Boone Lake Toddler killed was hit by boat propeller 

JOHNSON CITYBoone Lake -  The Gray toddler who died after he fell from his parents’ boat Saturday was hit by the craft’s propeller, according to District Attorney General Tony Clark. Clark said the 3-year-old’s death on Boone Lake was a tragic accident, and no charges are pending. “It was just a horrible accident,” Clark said Monday. “There’s no indication of any kind of impairment, speed or recklessness.” Clark said the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which is investigating the accident, has not released the child’s name. The accident happened about 5:45 p.m. near Winged Deer Park just after David and Heather Markland put their 19-foot Sea Ray boat into the water. “The parents and child were in the boat and were making a turn to head toward the grandparents,” who were in the vicinity in another boat, Clark said. “As (David Markland) was making the turn he hit a wake, and the child fell off from the front right side and went under the boat.” The toddler was wearing a life jacket, which is required, and was apparently sitting at the bow of the boat. David Markland jumped into the water immediately to rescue his son, Clark said, and rushed him to shore. By the time the Marklands got to shore, emergency officials were apparently already on scene. The toddler was rushed to Johnson City Medical Center and was later pronounced dead. “The officer said had the child gone off the side of the boat, he would probably have been fine,” Clark said. Clark said he obtained the details of the accident from the TWRA officer assigned to investigate it and feels confident of the findings. “From all the evidence presented to our office from the TWRA, it was just a terrible accident, and there will be no criminal action taken on our part,” he said. August 17, 2009 

Monday, 17 August 2009 20:41

YOAKUM - A 3-year-old Yoakum boy died Sunday, the apparent victim of an accidental hanging. 

Yoakum - Police Chief Arthur Rogers said a neighbor spotted the child, Cristopher Ariel Torres, in the side yard and called 911. Several tie down straps had been tied to a tree to make a swing and the child apparently became entangled in one of them, according to the police report. The 3-year-old has a sister and a brother, but neither was in the yard with him. The child's father, Jose Torres, was in the house and the mother, Nora Castaneda Torres, was not at home, Rogers said. Justice of the Peace Peggy Mayer conducted an inquest and ordered an autopsy. August 17. 2009

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Monday, 17 August 2009 20:23

Salt Lake Boy dies after being hit by truck in driveway; Auto Safety

Salt Lake City - A 2-year-old boy died Sunday night after being run over in a driveway by a pickup driven by his father. The boy, Leonel Alvarado, was rushed to Alta View Hospital in critical condition after the accident but died of his injuries a short time later, Sandy police Sgt. Justin Chapman said. Leonel was in the grass next to the driveway of his home near 9400 South and Greenwood Drive (475 East) about 6:45 p.m. when his father was maneuvering a pickup to back out of the driveway, said Sandy police Sgt. Jon Arnold. The truck ran over the child. The boy's mother had just gone inside when Leonel was backed over, Arnold said. "There was some confusion as to who was being responsible for the [child]," Arnold said. Leonel's death is being investigated as an accident, Chapman said.  August 17, 2009 by Jason Bergreen 
Monday, 17 August 2009 20:11

Pampano Beach, Florida, Baby Left In Bathtub Dies 

Pompano Beach, Florida. The Broward Sheriff's Office is reviewing the drowning death of 11-month old girl, Jennifer Carreon who they reported was left alone in a bathtub with her two year old sister. They are investigating the cause of death but it appears to be a drowning. August 17, 2009 

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Monday, 17 August 2009 20:01

Rio, West Virginia Infant dies from pitt bull dog attack: Dog Safety 

RIO, W.Virginia — A 3-day-old boy died of injuries after being attacked by a family pit bull dog at a residence in the Gretchen Acres subdivision late Saturday, according to Hardy County officials. The identity of the child was not released by the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the incident.

The incident was reported to the Hardy County 911 Center at 10:49 p.m., prompting alert of the Baker Rescue Squad and Rio fire and emergency medical services personnel. Air Care 4 helicopter from Winchester, Va., also responded to a landing site set up at the Ebenezer church lot in Rio, by the North River Volunteer Fire Company. However, there was no transport, according to the emergency center.

The 1-year-old pit bull and a German Shepherd mixed breed that was also a family pet were euthanized by Hardy County Dog Warden Raymond Shockey with the authority of their owner, according to Deputy Melody Burrows, who is investigating the incident along with Deputy J.T. Miller.

Burrows said the baby’s mother had placed him securely on a bed in the Hollow Log Lane residence when the telephone rang. When she returned to the room with a cordless phone, the pit bull began to sniff around the baby. The mother nudged the dog away but it persisted in getting close to the child. At the same time, the German Shepherd came into the room. As the mother attempted to back the second dog away, the pit bull grabbed the baby. The dog failed to release the infant despite the mother choking the dog.

The mother’s 17-year-old daughter then entered the room, cornered the dogs and eventually was able to push them through an open window. The mother assisted the baby until emergency medical personnel arrived. The child succumbed to his injuries while en route to the helicopter landing zone.

Burrows said charges, including harboring a vicious animal, are pending. The family reportedly purchased the pit bull in May from a relative in Maryland.

“It’s very unfortunate for everyone involved. We’ve never had an incident like this in this county. It shocks the conscience of everybody. The EMS personnel made every effort to revive the child,” said Burrows. Burrows also said she was not aware of any previous vicious dog complaints at the residence. Cumberland Times-News August 17, 2009 
Sunday, 16 August 2009 07:07

British Reading baby falls from balcony dies in fall from Sardinia hotel in Rome 

A British baby, a toddler has died after falling from a hotel balcony on the first day of his family's summer holiday in SardiniaBrad Kramer reportedly managed to get past the balcony railing of his parents' first floor room as they were getting changed. The 18-month-old child then fell, apparently head first, onto a terrace below. His frantic parents, Richard, 43, and Stacey, 35, and the emergency services tried to save him. The boy, from Reading, Berkshire, was taken by helicopter to a hospital in the Sardinian capital Cagliari but he died on arrival. Hotel staff have been consoling the couple, who had checked in with their two other children, a girl aged three and five-year-old boy, just hours earlier. The tragedy happened as the family were getting ready to go out for dinner on the Mediterranean island. Brad's father suddenly realised he could no longer see his son and called out for the others to look for him. His wife spotted him lying on a terrace below their first floor balcony. Staff at the hotel said the drop was ''little more than a few feet'' and Brad's distraught mother jumped down to try and revive her son. She then took him to the hotel reception where paramedics were called. A police spokesman said: ''The drop is only a few metres and the mother was able to jump down and reach her son. It looks as if the little boy fell head first and died from his injuries." The Foreign Office said the family was being given consular assistance. Magistrates have opened an official investigation into Brad's death - but no arrests have been made. The incident happened on Saturday evening in the Chia Laguna hotel, in the southern part of the Italian island. Mike Eivers, the hotel's director of communications, said: ''We are making arrangements to have his body flown back to Britain as quickly as possible. ''No-one is sure what happened and that's what the investigation will establish. We take safety very seriously and in 30 years nothing like this has ever happened."  August 16, 2009

Lafayette Child killed in driveway accident
Saturday, 15 August 2009 20:12

Lafayette Child killed in driveway accident; Run Over

Lafayette - A 15-month-old child died Saturday morning after being struck, run over by a vehicle in a driveway.

Lafayette police responded to the crash in the 400 block of Row Three around 10 a.m. Witnesses said that a relative was backing a vehicle out of a driveway when the child wandtered into the path of the vehicle.

The child was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead several hours later, police said. The crash remains under investigation.  August 15, 2009



Saturday, 15 August 2009 20:04

Chicago boy dies, Exercise equipment suspected in boy's death

Chicago -  A 6-year-old boy dies - exercise equipment suspected in boy's death in the North Side's Park West neighborhood died today apparently while playing with a piece of exercise equipment, authorities said.

Police were called to the residence in the 600 block of West Drummond Place just before noon, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. A death investigation was being conducted.

"Apparently the child was playing with some type of exercise equipment," Mirabelli said. "It appears that a cord became wrapped around his neck and he suffered fatal injuries."

The child, identified as Brendon Kaye of the Drummond address, was taken to Children's Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday. Andrew Wang August 14, 2009


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