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Baby Killed Year After Dad Died in Iraq
foxnews ^ | 05-04-2007 | staff writer

Posted on 05/04/2007 9:43:22 AM PDT by bedolido

NEW YORK — A young mother's car left out of gear accidentally rolled over her only son and killed him, a year after her soldier husband was killed in Iraq, relatives and police said.

"It's a tragedy for all my family," said Evelyn Mercedes, 65, the soldier's grandmother. "My grandson dies. Now, this happens to the baby."

Christopher Mercedes, who turned 1 last month, slipped from his mom's arms as she got out of the sport utility vehicle that began rolling because it was in neutral gear rather than park, police said.

"She was hysterical, crying out, 'Somebody help me _ he's all I have,'" said neighbor Olga Rodriguez.

Witnesses, including an off-duty firefighter, said they tried unsuccessfully to revive the boy.

"The child wasn't breathing," said the firefighter, Luis Cruz. "I began rescue breaths. I lost the pulse."

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KEYWORDS: after; baby; dad; died; iraq; killed; year
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1 posted on 05/04/2007 9:43:24 AM PDT by bedolido
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To: bedolido

I’m at a loss for words.


2 posted on 05/04/2007 9:45:26 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * Allen for U.S. Senate for VA in '08 * Thompson/Hunter in '08)
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To: bedolido

Tragedy. THIS is tragedy...not Anna Nicole Smith. This family just cannot get a break.


3 posted on 05/04/2007 9:45:47 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: bedolido

Prayers up to Heaven for this poor mother and all the Merecedes family.


4 posted on 05/04/2007 9:46:07 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: rabscuttle385

Some serious questions have to be asked.


5 posted on 05/04/2007 9:46:46 AM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: bedolido

I too am at a lose for words. Prayers for the baby & the families. ~Pandora~


6 posted on 05/04/2007 9:47:06 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: bedolido

How tragic. My heart breaks for the mom. I hope her family gives her the strength to deal with it.


7 posted on 05/04/2007 9:47:25 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The arrogance of ignorance is astounding" NVA 4/22/07)
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To: squarebarb

Please visit the Kids in Cars web-site. This incident makes 51 child deaths due to automobile negligence so far this year.


8 posted on 05/04/2007 9:48:17 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: rlmorel

O my God. O my God.


9 posted on 05/04/2007 9:48:25 AM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: bedolido
The article implies that the poor one year old was not in a car seat and that his mother dropped him on the ground, before a car left in neutral crushed the little guy.

That's a whole lot of carelessness all at the same time.

God bless that fallen hero and the little son he never knew.

10 posted on 05/04/2007 9:50:54 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: RobbyS
Be still ... and know that I am God ...


11 posted on 05/04/2007 9:51:31 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: boomop1
Some serious questions have to be asked.

Precisely.

If the facts are as reported, this is not a quality mom.

12 posted on 05/04/2007 9:52:18 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: bedolido

Dear God. This is just unimaginable. God bless and hold close this woman and her family. I pray that she eventually somehow finds a way to recover from all of this.


13 posted on 05/04/2007 9:53:00 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Quiet Down Out There!)
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To: wideawake
"God bless that fallen hero and the little son he never knew."

They know each other now ... they're together.

14 posted on 05/04/2007 9:53:08 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: knarf
They know each other now ... they're together.

That's true. It is good that God is so merciful.

15 posted on 05/04/2007 9:54:38 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: squarebarb

This is too awful for words. The poor baby and family!


16 posted on 05/04/2007 9:55:39 AM PDT by juliej (vote gop)
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To: massgopguy

The link is www.KidsinCars.org


17 posted on 05/04/2007 9:56:00 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: bedolido

oh my god


18 posted on 05/04/2007 9:56:50 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (Our Forefathers roared for Liberty, their children now whine for security and safety.)
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To: wideawake
And somehow managed to drop him under the car.
19 posted on 05/04/2007 9:59:23 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: wideawake
slipped from his mom's arms as she got out of the sport utility vehicle that began rolling because it was in neutral gear rather than park,


I don't see anything in this article that implies that the child was not in a car seat. He slips out of her arms as she's getting out...that's it. There's nothing in this article to convict the mom of any negligence.


Prayers for this grieving wife and mother. Her words "He's all I have" are heartbreaking.

20 posted on 05/04/2007 9:59:41 AM PDT by Jessarah
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To: Wolfie

Have you never held a squirming one year old?


21 posted on 05/04/2007 10:01:17 AM PDT by Jessarah
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To: Wolfie
Another good point. The whole explanation stinks on ice, as far as I'm concerned.
22 posted on 05/04/2007 10:01:30 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: bedolido
Yet another senseless SUV-related death. (ducking)

I grieve for this mother who has lost a husband and son.

23 posted on 05/04/2007 10:02:41 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (I don't give a rat's a$$ where in the world Matt Lauer is.)
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To: Jessarah

It doesn’t add up in my mind. I tend to think the car would have rolled long before she had a chance to get the child out of the car seat. I hope I’m wrong.


24 posted on 05/04/2007 10:03:29 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Jessarah; Wolfie
I hold a squirming one year old every day.

I've never dropped her.

And, like any responsible parent, I hold her tighter when I'm around cars, machinery and staircases.

25 posted on 05/04/2007 10:03:52 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

Well - you should get out more.


26 posted on 05/04/2007 10:04:06 AM PDT by Frapster (Don't mind me - I'm distracted by the pretty lights.)
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To: bedolido

Good grief.


27 posted on 05/04/2007 10:04:31 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (<--- "Crazy Aunt" Conservative)
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To: Jessarah

I don’t understand something. If the car was in neutral and was in a position that caused it to roll, how come it wasn’t rolling while she was taking him out of the car? I know with my van, the very few times I have had it neutral, I knew before I got out. Besides, I can’t take my keys out of the ignition if the van isn’t in park. They won’t come out.


28 posted on 05/04/2007 10:04:49 AM PDT by USMCWife6869 (Godspeed Sand Sharks.)
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To: Wolfie
I tend to think the car would have rolled long before she had a chance to get the child out of the car seat.

Exactly.

29 posted on 05/04/2007 10:04:59 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Jessarah

“I don’t see anything in this article that implies...”

I don’t either. Let’s show a little FR compassion here and leave the fault-finding, if there is fault to be found, to the authorities. Jeez, people. This is a heartbreaking story.


30 posted on 05/04/2007 10:06:00 AM PDT by beelzepug (...making a sound like Lurch)
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To: USMCWife6869
If the car was in neutral and was in a position that caused it to roll, how come it wasn’t rolling while she was taking him out of the car?

Excellent question.

Besides, I can’t take my keys out of the ignition if the van isn’t in park. They won’t come out.

Excellent point.

31 posted on 05/04/2007 10:06:22 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Frapster
Well - you should get out more.

A meaningless comment.

Presumably in your extensive outings you frequently encounter people who drop kids under rolling cars?

32 posted on 05/04/2007 10:07:48 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: beelzepug
Let’s show a little FR compassion here

Compassion should be focused primarily on the poor little child who lost his life.

33 posted on 05/04/2007 10:08:33 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/05/04/2007-05-04_slain_gis_tot_crushed.html


34 posted on 05/04/2007 10:08:40 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: bedolido

I used to think that the worst types these kinds of stories drug out were those that used them as opportunities to trumpet, loud and long, their uber parenting skills. Stupid me forgot the conspiracy theorists looking to satisfy their appetite for ... well... conspiracies.


35 posted on 05/04/2007 10:10:21 AM PDT by Frapster (Don't mind me - I'm distracted by the pretty lights.)
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To: All

the tragedy to this family is horrific. If there are no other siblings, the birth line of this family has been stopped.

No more from this family forever... I pray this is not the case.


36 posted on 05/04/2007 10:10:30 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: wideawake
The article implies that the poor one year old was not in a car seat and that his mother dropped him on the ground, before a car left in neutral crushed the little guy... If the facts are as reported, this is not a quality mom.

The article implies, but does not say if the child was in a car seat.

Depending on the vehicle and its age, the woman may have thought that the transmission was in park. The linkages on old automatic transmissions can get sloppy and not fully engage, or partially engage and slip out.

It may be that she was removing the child (from a child seat) and once the child was in her arms the trans slipped out of park and began rolling back. The child may have been dropped as she tried to stop the car from rolling or was struck by the open car door as it rolled back, or both. We don't know and the article did not say.

The facts as reported do not support your statements. You may want to reserve judgement till more is known. the woman deserves the benefit of the doubt.

37 posted on 05/04/2007 10:10:54 AM PDT by PsyOp (The commonwealth is theirs who hold the arms.... - Aristotle.)
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To: bedolido

wow. speechless. It doesn’t get any worse than that.


38 posted on 05/04/2007 10:11:35 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: USMCWife6869

“Besides, I can’t take my keys out of the ignition if the van isn’t in park. They won’t come out.”

Not the case for a manual transmission.


39 posted on 05/04/2007 10:12:09 AM PDT by willi76
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To: bedolido; trussell; Faith; Salvation

Prayers sent, RIP little one.


40 posted on 05/04/2007 10:12:21 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Thanks for the link and the extra info.

What a handsome little guy. And the photo of his dad - absolutely heartbreaking.

Hopefully the mother will talk to the police soon.

41 posted on 05/04/2007 10:13:08 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: COUNTrecount

thanks for the link. Those pictures are heartbreaking.

Lord bless the family and give them Your peace.


42 posted on 05/04/2007 10:14:37 AM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: PsyOp
Depending on the vehicle and its age, the woman may have thought that the transmission was in park.

Good point. From the article linked on the thread it looks like a recent model of the Jeep Liberty.

I am reserving judgment, but the child is dead and there should be a thorough investigation.

The little guy and his dad deserve nothing less.

43 posted on 05/04/2007 10:17:22 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

After reading the whole article, I’m satified that this was one of those “perfect storm” accidents where all the necessary elements came together to make it happen. Very few accidents have only a single cause.
If you conspiracy theorists have this much time on your hands, why don’t you go start the barbecue and see if you can melt steel with fire? As for me, I will spend my next few minutes praying for this family, what’s left of it.


44 posted on 05/04/2007 10:19:51 AM PDT by beelzepug (...making a sound like Lurch)
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To: COUNTrecount

http://tinyurl.com/35v2ul


45 posted on 05/04/2007 10:21:24 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: wideawake
I hold a squirming one year old every day. I've never dropped her.

I suspect that the mother dropped the child only after being struck by an open door or otherwise pulled off balance by the vehicle suddenly moving. The greatest negligence, IMO, was in having the thing in neutral in the first place.

46 posted on 05/04/2007 10:22:55 AM PDT by Sloth (The GOP is to DemonRats in politics as Michael Jackson is to Jeffrey Dahmer in babysitting.)
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To: beelzepug
Why are you talking about conspiracy theorists when no one on this thread has suggested the existence of any conspiracy?
47 posted on 05/04/2007 10:23:27 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

See post #35.


48 posted on 05/04/2007 10:29:25 AM PDT by beelzepug (...making a sound like Lurch)
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To: Sloth
I suspect that the mother dropped the child only after being struck by an open door or otherwise pulled off balance by the vehicle suddenly moving.

That's one plausible explanation. The article linked further down the thread references being struck by an open door.

I think the point I and others were trying to make is that if you leave an SUV in neutral, clamber down from the driver's seat to the ground and then open up a rear door and lean inside to unsnap a child from a car seat the car is likely going to noticeably have started into motion by the time these various actions are underway.

49 posted on 05/04/2007 10:29:40 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: bedolido
'Somebody help me _ he's all I have,'

I'm not supposed to be sobbing at work...

May God comfort this poor family.

50 posted on 05/04/2007 10:30:44 AM PDT by TChris (The Democrat Party: A sewer into which is emptied treason, inhumanity and barbarism - O. Morton)
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