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    FL - Baby, 9 mos, fatally struck after crawling from home

    Who was watching this baby? How long did it take to get out the door and crawl across the street?...... So horrific for the driver!

    "Posted 6/2/2008 10:51 AM EDT on tallahassee.com

    ST. AUGUSTINE - A 9-month-old girl crawled out of her St. Augustine home and was fatally struck by a neighbor's van, according to authorities.

    Police said the girl crawled out the front door of her home Sunday evening and made her way across the street to a neighbor's driveway.

    The driver told officers he stopped after he felt a bump, got out of the van and saw the baby underneath. The driver, who said he didn't see the baby, immediately called police.

    The girl was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    No charges have been filed.
    Read More From WKMG Local 6 Orlando "

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    oh my god I can't even imagine...

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    just look at "crimes in the news" titles

    unfortunately a category for child neglect/abuse
    would be a busy forum on it's own

    sickening!

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    I hit a dog once and it mortified me. I'd never sleep again if I ran over a baby.

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    Dear Lord, that poor neighbor! I can't even begin to imagine the horror of seeing a baby underneath his vehicle.

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    My God.

    The neighbor must be going out of their minds right now in grief.

    The parents or caregiver should be sitting behind bars right now.

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    Maybe this thread should be move to Up to the Minute. I don't see a crime here, just a tragic accident. I'd have to know more about the situation before I throw stones at the parents or caregiver. Surely, no one wants their baby to crawl out the door and might be a case of one parent thinking the other was watching the baby. I know my dd could crawl at a very high rate of speed. My thoughts and prayers are w/ the driver and parents.

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    I'm sure the parents are going out of their minds in grief, too.

    I feel bad for everybody involved.

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    if this thread should be in another place, who can move it?


    update:
    there is a picture with the link below. it looks to be a small residential street.


    "Police said the child crawled out of her home, out a gate, into the street and then under the van...........Reports said that the driver, a friend of the family, came out to leave but did not see the baby.

    .....Officer Barbara Clifford, spokeswoman for St. Augustine police, said an investigation has been started. No charges have been filed against the driver.
    "We're gathering details," Clifford said. "It has not yet been determined if criminal charges will be filed."


    http://staugustine.com/stories/060208/news_txt03_001.shtml

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    OMG, this is a heartbreaking story!!

    I have a 7 month old and I cannot imagine the grief! Prayers for the driver and the parents. My gosh...

    WHERE IS CAYLEE???


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    My deepest sympathies for all involved. What an awful tragedy.
    If it comes out that the parents were making child porn or doing drugs while this baby crawled out of the home, I will then cast my stones. But for now, this seems to be a horrible horrible accident that I'm sure all parties involved wish had not happened.
    There is always HOPE!!!

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    What StillHoping said. I need more details too.


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    Whether or not the parent/caregiver should be charged depends. If the parent turned their back for 5 minutes and the baby crawled into the street, I am not sure. If the parent was strung out drunk or on drugs, definitely.

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    How absolutely horrible. It could have been a series of mistakes that happened in sync for this accident to have occured. Until I know more I won't throw out my judgments but I do want to know if the front door was open (my mind wanders; blown open from the wind, not shut hard enough, intended to put a baby gate up but got distracted) and where were the parents at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    What StillHoping said. I need more details too.

    I remember when I was in the shower and my toddler son figured out how to open the doors .... I was running all over the neighborhood in my bathrobe before I finally found the little stinker hiding from me in the playhouse in the backyard.

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