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Belinda
10-01-2010, 11:04 AM
BURLESON, Texas - Police say a 4-year-old boy in Texas managed to start a van then run over a woman and her 3-week-old child, killing the newborn.
Police Cmdr. Chris Havens says the mother was hospitalized after the accident Thursday night in Burleson, 10 miles south of Fort Worth.

Havens did not identify those involved in the accident nor provide details of the mother's condition.

He says the 4-year-old climbed behind the wheel of the vehicle, started the van and put it in gear. He had a 5-year-old passenger

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drip~drop
10-01-2010, 11:08 AM
:(
omg

How did this little darling manage to do this? How did he get the keys. Where were his parents?

Belinda
10-01-2010, 11:17 AM
I have a sneaking suspicion that it was his mother with the baby. He may have taken off while she her attention was diverted on the newborn. It said she saw him in the van and took off out the door after him while holding the baby. They haven't confirmed the relationship yet.

drip~drop
10-01-2010, 11:21 AM
I have a sneaking suspicion that it was his mother with the baby. He may have taken off while she her attention was diverted on the newborn. It said she saw him in the van and took off out the door after him while holding the baby. They haven't confirmed the relationship yet.

What a nightmare........oy.

oh_gal
10-01-2010, 11:53 AM
It's hard to say who will carry more guilt over this over the years...the child, or the parents who left him alone in the car. The child, was after all, just being a child, playing in a car. I have a 5 year old, and I'm pretty sure that while she rides in the car, and knows I drive it, were it she behind the wheels, she wouldn't be able to put "A" and "B" together, and realize she was actually operating the vehicle...she'd just think she was playing.

Hopeful One
10-01-2010, 11:59 AM
Terrifying. This is why I don't let my kids play in the truck when they ask. :(

Kat
10-01-2010, 12:27 PM
Bless this boys family and bless the family of the woman and the infant (if it wasn't his Mom which I think it probably was too).

What a horrible nightmare that will never end for them. :( So very sad.

BuzzieCat
10-01-2010, 12:35 PM
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/100210dnmetburlesonbaby.148ef030a.html

Yes, looks like the 4-year-old is her child.

Belinda
10-01-2010, 12:59 PM
Thanks BuzzieCat. This family is going to have some serious healing to do.

AutomaticAuttie
10-01-2010, 01:15 PM
What an odd story? So, this 4 year old managed to start the car and put it in drive? :waitasec:

buffetoflies
10-01-2010, 01:40 PM
What an odd story? So, this 4 year old managed to start the car and put it in drive? :waitasec:

It's easy Auttie! Every time a person starts the car the child is in the backseat and can see what you're doing.

My nephew did this when he was 3 or so. He ended up pinning my brother under the tires, and my SIL is a little dim so she called my mom before 911. My brother was ok.. I bet he was standing a few feet in front of the van... if he was further away it could have been worse.

mom2six
10-01-2010, 07:52 PM
Oh my goodness!! My heart and prayers go out to this family in tragedy. :( I am not surprised a four year old could do this. I have a precocious four year old who could manage this if he had access. He has to be watched like a hawk!

Dark Knight
10-02-2010, 12:18 AM
Major prayers for everyone involved, in Jesus' Healing Name, amen.

oh_gal
10-04-2010, 12:26 PM
What an odd story? So, this 4 year old managed to start the car and put it in drive? :waitasec:

Not hard to do at all, nowadays...with cars that you only have to push a button to start.

not_my_kids
10-04-2010, 04:31 PM
I have no doubt that a 4 year old could start a vehicle and put it in drive. I have no doubt that mine could do it. The keys are never left where the kids can get them because I remember how badly I wanted to drive when I was little and I know that since our 4 year old sits in the middle of the backseat, he has watched it enough times to do it.

I hope that the guilt is not too bad on anyone, as there is already enough pain in that family. I know it will be bad, both for the child and the parents, but I hope they seek counseling and stick with it. I hope the community also bears in mind that he is four and this is simply a tragedy.

Paintr
10-04-2010, 05:43 PM
When I was younger, I had a neighbour who used to put her older children (3 and 5, at that time) in the van, leaving the car running, and then return to the house for the baby. She never strapped the children into their car seats and they got into evrything till she came back out, jumping over the seats, blowing the horn, turning the wheel while pretending to drive. Thankfully nothing like this happened, but it easily could have.

These poor people are going to have a very hard time in the future. :( I hope they come to terms with this tragic event.

LinasK
10-04-2010, 07:55 PM
When I was younger, I had a neighbour who used to put her older children (3 and 5, at that time) in the van, leaving the car running, and then return to the house for the baby. She never strapped the children into their car seats and they got into evrything till she came back out, jumping over the seats, blowing the horn, turning the wheel while pretending to drive. Thankfully nothing like this happened, but it easily could have.

These poor people are going to have a very hard time in the future. :( I hope they come to terms with this tragic event.
Maybe the way to do it is to strap the baby in the car first, before the older children...

Cypros
10-04-2010, 08:34 PM
When I was a toddler (about 2 years old). I managed to climb into the front seat when my mom ran back into the house to get something and let out the parking brake causing the car to roll forward and crash into the front of the house. Fortunately, nobody was hurt and there was minor damage to the car and house.

Horrible for this mother and her little boy. They will both suffer a lifetime over this.

KeenEyes
10-04-2010, 09:24 PM
I was attending a child's birthday party recently. The parking was on an incline, so I cautiously set every emergency brake, etc. available. When leaving the party, a kindergartener ran ahead of me and jumped into the driver's seat of a car IN POSSESSION OF THE KEYS. As I passed the driver's window, I strongly urged her to wait for her mother hoping to delay the child's actions (though I suppressed the even stronger lecture I was feeling). Her mom arrived about this time looking ever so slightly sheepish. Turns out this was a little agreement between the two: that her kindergartener could start the car for Mommy. I was literally stunned speechless because the potential ramifications were so obvious that I assumed it was a matter of common sense. It didn't appear as if my input would have been received well by the mother or the child anyway, so I continued on my way, more than a little unsettled I daresay.

fran
10-04-2010, 10:52 PM
Oh, wow. This is very sad. Prayers for all involved. That poor baby. :(

I have to admit, when I was four, I jumped in a vehicle, took off the emergency brake and it began moving. My bros was with me. It just rolled a ways and ran into a chain-link fence.................yes, I got in trouble for playing in the vehicles and fortunately no one was hurt.

fran

kgeaux
10-05-2010, 09:03 AM
Maybe the way to do it is to strap the baby in the car first, before the older children...

I did just what you suggest, and it didn't work out. ( I had four children in five years, so it sometimes took a very long time to get all the bigger babies into the car, and poor little baby would be in a hot car waiting while mommy lassoed his brothers and dragged them into the car!) So I, too, loaded my older children into the car before bringing the baby out to the car, and I strapped my children in as I put them into the car. However, by age 4, my kiddos were in booster seats that utilized the car's seat belt for restraint, and all of my 4 year olds were able to undo the seat belt and release themselves. (I actually left one of my babies at home one day because I'd loaded him up, put him into his booster, secured the seat belt, then returned to the house to get the youngest-----after I strapped the littlest baby into his car seat, I got into the driver's seat and left---got to church and the bigger baby was no-where to be found......to this day I cry when I think about that day, because of what could have happened.)