Skip to comments.3-year-old found dead in van outside church
Posted on 08/16/2010 8:23:26 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
An autopsy will be conducted Monday afternoon for a 3-year-old girl who was found dead in a minivan at a Canton church.
The girl and her three older sisters were at Souls Harbor Word of Faith Church on Sunday while their father, Michael Ingram, rehearsed with the church band. At 5:20 p.m., when it was time to go, no one could find the 3-year-old.
One of her sisters found her on the floor in the back of the family's Kia Sedona, not breathing. The 3-year-old's skin "was hot and wet," the sister told police. Three adults performed CPR, but the girl was pronounced dead at Northside Cherokee Hospital.
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Parents need to understand that Jesus is not going to watch their children, even at church. He gave us that job.
The Sedona is not a van, but a minivan - maybe she tried to escape the vehicle through the rear hatch.
A 3 year old is in the grey zone as far as restraints - I would guess that she was in a booster seat and not a full harness seat.
You just can't let a 3-year-old wander about without supervision.
Our son-in-law made a rule which I think is a good one. When their children were little, someone was made responsible for each little one, and when they handed off the responsibility, made sure the next one knew he/she was responsible. That way,people didn't just run their own way and assume someone was looking out for the toddler(s).
I hear about these incidents all the time and I don’t understand it. How does one misplace a child?????? Even if you have a gaggle of them, a 3 year old is hard to forget.
The article says that the girls, INCLUDING THE 3-YO, were playing inside the church, then the kid went missing.
I’m thinking Kia better be preparing for some lawsuits.
Time to cash in dontcha know.
That’s tragic. Kids that age can be really hard to keep track of. You turn your back for an instant and ...
I can see how it would be possible for her to open an unlocked minivan (many models allow you to just tug the handle and it opens the sliding rear door) and then accidentally lock it from the inside without realizing how to open it again.
I’m not buying it either.
The article doesn't say that the van was locked when they found her. My take - the other girls were said to be taking naps in the pews. Maybe this little girl had a special item (doll, stuffed animal, pillow) in the van she liked to nap with. She made it to the van, got in, and then laid down to take a nap. The heat did the rest.
The scenario is usually that the child falls asleep in the car, then when it becomes unbearably hot the child wakes up due to the extreme discomfort and struggles to escape until the child finally collapses exhausted.
We are not physically designed to die peacefully without a struggle unless we run out of oxygen or are drugged (i.e. carbon monoxide poisoning).
How horrible for the family. How horrible for the 3 year old.
How much worse it’s going to be when the fascists at the Child Destructive Agency demands criminal charges. Only govt case workers can get away with this.
I don't disagree. My thinking here is that she may have been disoriented and too weak to crawl to the door or open it to get out. The Sedonas didn't all have auto doors where you could push a button for the automatic door to get out. The door may simply have been too hard to open in the child's weakened condition.
Thats tragic. Kids that age can be really hard to keep track of. You turn your back for an instant and ...
YOU GO LOOK FOR THEM IMMEDIATELY.
Yeah, they can slip away, but there’s a difference between having one give you the slip momentarily, and “forgetting” about one for long enough for him or her to roast to death in a minivan.
Last week I was at a park with a large multilevel play structure which was set in a large sandy pit with limited access. Hard for the kids to wander off, but also lots of obstructed views because of the railings, stairs, slides, etc.
I knew my five-year-old was somewhere on the play structure, but I made three circuits of the thing and could not find him anywhere. I knew he had been with another boy who I also did not see, although his parents were still there, seated at a picnic table above the sand pit area.
Turns out as part of the play structure there is a rubberized mat about six feet long folded at the bottom, making four foot side walls open at the top, set on an incline from one level to the next. There is about eighteen inches between the two “walls”. Kids are suppposed to walk up the mat on the bottom fold between the two walls as the whole thing flops around.
On my fourth circuit I found my boy with another boy, crouched down inside the mat playing a hand-held video game. They probably chose that spot because it was nice and shady in there, so you could see the screen, but it made them almost invisible. In the entire circumference of the play structure there was about 1 degree of arc where you could see them.
I wondered why the other boy’s parents weren’t concerned about their missing kid. Turns out that from where they were seated they had a clear view of them.
Thank you for your wisdom.
This is a three year old. Dad should have known where she was at all times. When he didn’t see her, he should have been looking for her.
His music was not more important than his daughter.
Don’t leave your car inlocked! This jsut happened last week in Columbus.Two young sisters were palying at their grandparents house when Grandpa noticed they weren’t outside anymore and called the cops.They searched the neighborhood and about an hour later one of the neighbors noticed that her car doot wasn’t latched completely.She found them in the backseat dead when she opened the door.They got in ad must’ve passed out and died from the heat they were something like 4 and 6 yo.
The article said she was playing with the other kids outside. They some feel asleep in the pews.I’d say she went back outside and got into the van.
Well, it sounds like the father thought his four kids were together. When I was a kid, I was often in charge of my younger siblings. The article says they fell asleep on the church pews, so I’m guessing they must have all lay down to take a nap together. Then the 3 year old wakes up and toddles off while the others sleep... sometimes awful things just happen. I don’t feel compelled to assign blame on this one. Clearly this is a nice family, and the loss of their baby is punishment enough.
Little angel, RIP.
Next week’s sermon:
“Why does God allow numbskulls to bear children?”
I look for my dog if he is missing more than 5 minutes.
A neighbors 3 yr. old daughter got out of thier home on a sunny sunday morning..she had somehow learned to push the inside house button which opened the garage door...out she went. Fortunately a family member got up and found the door open...mad rush to find her sitting in a neighbors yard. Close call and the family then checked all outside doors and changed location of door opener. Kids are watchful...likely how she knew to open the garage door.
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