Child’s Death Ruled Accidental

Posted: August 16, 2012 at 9:17 p.m.

The State Crime Lab ruled the Aug. 4 death of a 3-year-old Benton County boy an accident, according to a report from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

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It breaks my heart that this child was not watched over more carefully. He was only 3 years old, his parents are being given a pass because his Dad has an important position with Wal-Mart. The same thing happened a couple of years ago with the child being left in the car while Dad worked. Seems if you work for Wal-Mart you get a pass on allowing your child to die in a hot car, if you just shop there you get arrested and charged with neglect. The neglect charge should be there for all the parents who allow their children to die in hot cars. While I realize none of these people wanted the children to die, all of them are equally responsible for what ultimately happened to the little ones.

Posted by: suek

August 18, 2012 at 5:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

There was a big difference between the death of the child in the Wal-Mart parking lot and the death of the other two children. They intentionally left the child in danger in the car when they went shopping and just 'lost track of time'. All three were tragedies and shouldn't have happened, but I can understand why there were charges in one case and not the others.

Posted by: Dexter

August 18, 2012 at 8:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

It is interesting to me that the newspaper had to FOI to get the name. It is absolute stupidity to think you can leave a child in a car to shop but it isn't the brightest decision either to "assume" this child was with the others playing upstairs. That seems to be inadequate supervision at a minimum. There's also something sort of "off" about this timeline, decomp had begun by the time the child was found and yet they started CPR? Perhaps there are some inaccuracies in what was printed. The father of the 3rd child that died that weekend (in Wynn, AR I think) was charged although he did not intentionally leave his baby....he forgot just like the previous case in 2010 where the WalMart exec. also forgot and charges weren't filed. I wound not pretend to know all there is to know about each of these cases but on first look there do seem to be differences that could be perceived as shielding upper class folks whether circumstances merit it or not.

Posted by: Dellmann

August 18, 2012 at 9:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Also curious is that this child's name still has not been entered into the DHS database of child fatality reports. The other two were reported promptly.

Posted by: Dellmann

August 18, 2012 at 9:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

And, again - why is the death of this child more, or less, worthy of reportage and comment than the two which occurred in the Wal Mart parking lot?

I'd encourage our Fourth Estate and the rest of you to just allow your governments and the other corporate persons to whom we've ceded responsibility in these matters to go ahead and handle them quietly. No one needs to know how you "feel" about any of it.

Please spend your time and hand-wringing emotionalism on matters that actually affect you personally. And, please, don't litter Tank's internet with that particular sort of tripe, either.

v/r (whatever that means)

Posted by: CaptainQuint

August 18, 2012 at 10:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In cases such as the children deliberately left in parked cars, any opposite-sex couple directly involved in the incident should immediately be demoted to same-sex couple, in keeping with the widespread belief that opposite-sex couples are automatically assumed fit to take care of children while same-sex couples are automatically judged to be unfit. Such parents should be stripped of all opposite-sex couple insigniae, including marriage license, "His" and "Hers" goods of any type, and the unqualified blessing of their church. (The church, however, should pray to God that the couple be turned into somebody they're not.)

This is, of course, a borderline case, requiring some thought as to its disposition, as less than one hundred percent of the children in the parents' direct care died as a result of any sort of unfitness. We can see how the state is leaning, but the court of public opinion is still in session.

Posted by: AlphaCat

August 18, 2012 at 11:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

AlphaCat- How dare you use this tragedy to push an unrelated agenda! It is a terrible event that this little boy died, but dragging in same-sex marriage to the mix???

Lincoln's death is a serious story and not the time nor place to play "hate games".

Posted by: jvgrotts

August 21, 2012 at 7:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The paper has not reported all of the details of that day, the family, or the circumstances. Those who rush to judgment and assume that an economic advantage is any part of the decision should be cautious. I know of no family anywhere who has never left a child alone for a few seconds, who hasn't lost sight of a child in the store for a small time, who has assumed they were playing in one room, only to find them somewhere else. This tragedy was an accident, devastating to the family and all who know them. Rather than castigate someone whose heart is broken, use their loss as a reminder to be more cautious and diligent. But look at the log in your own eye before you point out a splinter in someone else's.

Posted by: Slinger

August 21, 2012 at 9:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I see some have adopted RAF rank, and a demotion at that! Id'e encourage the slipshod to take up something useful or at least more thoughtful.

This is sad, whether accidental or not. I'de expect to see a lot more public service announcements regarding the issue.

V/r (Very respectfully),


Posted by: Tankersley101

August 21, 2012 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


RE "How dare you use this tragedy to push an unrelated agenda!"
Oh, my. That never happens in these forums.

RE "It is a terrible event that this little boy died"
I've never said that it isn't.

RE "but dragging in same-sex marriage to the mix???"
Actually, I brought up the subject of stupid assumptions about suitability to be a parent. This is actually quite relevant to the tragedy. Things happen, regardless of assumptions.

RE "Lincoln's death is a serious story"
One thing that adds to its seriousness is that it has a lot of ramifications. I pointed out one of them.

RE "and not the time nor place to play 'hate games'."
I don't hate anybody, and I'm not playing games.

Posted by: AlphaCat

August 21, 2012 at 1:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


Just wait until I devolve into Maj. Kong.

Seriously, though, I do appreciate the tragedy in the death of any child. I'm just not sure that it's worth to us as a society the bandwidth we waste upon it. Let these paediatric unfortunates rest in peace, while the good people we've chosen to do such things handle the hapless caretakers. Who knows how many of these innocent victims were the product of legitimate rape, anyway?

Unless, of course, the story's something the media can turn into a real money maker, I guess... . Whatever happened to Little Caylee Anthony, anyhow? Oh, that's right - she's still dead. Nobody's talking about Little Caylee anymore!?I After better than a year!?! What a shame... . And that story went national - generated a lot of ad revenue.

So, why isn't this particularly local and equally tragic story as worthy, or have even the limited legs, as did Little Caylee's? I'll tell you why: because, Tank, neither you nor I are Nancy Grace. (Although, like Peter Sellers in several of his movies, I do look pretty good in a dress... er, kilt, I mean.)

Only point being is that we've allowed ourselves to become a species of nothing but gossips, writ large. Stories like this one and Little Caylee's should be relegated to no more than a well drafted obituary and two column inches on the police blotter of a local weekly.

As I've said before - close ranks and march on. That's the problem with we good Republican Citizens - we've allowed the plebeians too much information. Next they'll want power . . . .


Posted by: CaptainQuint

August 21, 2012 at 8:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

(long sigh...) Yes, yes, all of you please lock your cars whenever you're more than an arm's length from them. Please also remember to check under your seats and in the overhead compartments for your children and any other items you may have left behind.

You people win, OK... . I'm becoming Slim Pickins, reading off a checklist in the pilot's seat of a B-52, right now and before your very eyes.

I pity us.

Posted by: CaptainQuint

August 21, 2012 at 10:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another nihilist, huh?

HINT: Compassion is compassion, whether it is for one or a thousand.

"institutionalized slaughter"... like one kind specifically promoted by most of the Left?


Posted by: Tankersley101

August 22, 2012 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I'm all for compassion. Keep it to yourself is all that I ask, and let's use our limited media resources to report on actual news. Children die and people feel bad about it; it still don't make it news.

Posted by: CaptainQuint

August 22, 2012 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Almost 16,000 children die every day from hunger-related causes.
Is that news?
Since this could easily be prevented by the wealthy nations of U.S. and EU, is it "institutionalized slaughter"?

Posted by: Coralie

August 22, 2012 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )