842 users online (129 members and 713 guests)  


Websleuths News


Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 18
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    30,165

    6-year-old found dead in backyard microwave

    Missing girl found dead in backyard microwave (San Antonio Express-News)
    A 6-year-old girl who went missing for several hours Saturday evening was found dead later that night inside a large, old-fashioned microwave in the backyard of a home on the East Side.

    San Antonio police believe she climbed inside the microwave and somehow became trapped. They said they are investigating the case as an accidental sudden death.
    ---
    The whole neighborhood was helping search, Lt. Randy Smith said. Its a tight community.
    ---
    I heard somebody yell, I found her, and then I heard crying, [Stephanie Almendarez] said. I am shocked. I thought she was OK. Ive never seen anything like this.
    (more at link above)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    9,086
    It boggles the mind! Poor child, man...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    30,165
    Mind-boggling is right. I had to blink twice (maybe three times) when I saw that headline, while perusing the Express-News online. Poor parents, poor siblings, and poor neighborhood too. And I can't imagine that large of microwave oven, though I did find this pic of an ancient one. (It's from 1947.) A microwave oven in the backyard - was it operable, or just junk setting around? Mind-boggling.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Posts
    6,178
    Terribly tragic. I hope this story will cause people to double-check to make sure they don't have something large enough to trap a child just laying around.
    I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    30,165
    I did a Google aerial view of that street & neighborhood and nobody's back yard looked like a scrap pile. The ones I could see looked very clean; trees blocked the view on some though.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    10,492
    Oh dear. Just a reminder to everyone, take any doors off things you are not taking to the dump right away, and any feet of furniture, btw.

    There are microwaves large enough out there for a child to think it is a cool cubby hole for hide and seek or a fort/club.

    Shivers, reminds me of the drug films they showed us in the late '70's early '80's. Shiver. Horrible, horrible things. Those films should be shown to all preteens and teens. I will not tell you what we were shown, but most of you will know.

    Unless I have included a link, it is my opinion and only my opinion that I am expressing.

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Tuffy View Post
    Terribly tragic. I hope this story will cause people to double-check to make sure they don't have something large enough to trap a child just laying around.
    This is worth repeating!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    389
    Any unused refrigerator's doors should be removed.

  9. #9


    Rest in peace, Becky Herrera

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    36,314
    tragic. When looking around our neighborhoods, it is important to remember to look at it from child's perspective and viewpoint. get down on your knees to get to their eye level. Think like a child. What to an adult may look like an obvious hazard or a dark dirty smelly place, to a child would look like a perfect hiding spot, a secret hideout, etc.

    Rest in peace child. My Prayers for her loved ones. What an awful awful thing to have to accept.
    Websleuths now on Facebook

    Welcome to all new members. Thank you for joining the conversation. Please take a moment to become familiar with the TOS and rules, etiquette and information.

    mni wiconi - Lakota for Water is Life.


  11. #11
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    30,165
    Some new info added to the Express-News story:
    ---
    Around 10 p.m., Rebecca's brother and a police officer found her, officials said. The brother, whose age was not immediately released, had no cause to check the microwave, which was sitting on top of some heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment along the side of the house, police said, but opened it randomly, police said.

    All of a sudden, we heard people screaming that the baby was in the microwave, said a next-door neighbor who wished only to give her last name, Garcia. We just couldn't imagine how does the baby get into a microwave?

    Police said the girl was small and liked to hide. She might have crawled in and closed the door accidentally, police said, or closed it not knowing it may not reopen from inside. An autopsy report is pending.
    ---
    much more at link below:

    Missing girl found dead in backyard microwave

  12. #12
    Kimberlyd125's Avatar
    Kimberlyd125 is offline Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athletes.
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    16,170
    Poor baby!!!
    I can not imagine what all she went through and what all went through her head.

    The thought of it makes me shiver.

    Poor baby.
    Glove Findin'
    Uniform Washin'
    Gatorade Gettin'
    Picture Takin'
    Always Cheerin'

    Softball Mom

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Palm Springs
    Posts
    19,111
    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberlyd125 View Post
    Poor baby!!!
    I can not imagine what all she went through and what all went through her head.

    The thought of it makes me shiver.

    Poor baby.
    It's possible she simply went to sleep while waiting for someone to find her and let her out. She may not have realized the danger she was in. I hope she didn't.

  14. #14
    Kimberlyd125's Avatar
    Kimberlyd125 is offline Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athletes.
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    16,170
    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    It's possible she simply went to sleep while waiting for someone to find her and let her out. She may not have realized the danger she was in. I hope she didn't.
    I really hope you are right.
    Glove Findin'
    Uniform Washin'
    Gatorade Gettin'
    Picture Takin'
    Always Cheerin'

    Softball Mom

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    168
    Quote Originally Posted by BeanE View Post
    This is worth repeating!
    Again and again. Reminds me of a similar tragedy 4 years ago. Unimaginable horror in both cases.

    http://www.ketv.com/news/13697801/detail.html

    Rest in peace Becky and James.

    ====================================
    MOO

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast


Similar Threads

  1. NJ - Man dead in home for a year before body found
    By wfgodot in forum Up to the Minute
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-28-2012, 12:58 AM
  2. SC - Man, Woman, Child found dead in backyard pool
    By Shutterfly in forum Up to the Minute
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 07-01-2011, 11:01 PM