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Child Killed By Falling Mirror At Wal-Mart
The Indy Channel ^ | 7-23-2006

Posted on 07/24/2006 6:12:21 AM PDT by Samwise

INDIANAPOLIS -- A 3-year-old boy was fatally injured when a floor-mounted mirror fell on him at an Indianapolis Wal-Mart.

Police said Christopher Antonio was apparently playing near the 5-foot-tall mirror in the children's section of the store Saturday evening when it fell at the store in the 3200 block of 86th Street.

The boy was with his 5-year-old sister and his mother. The mother told police she was about 5 feet away from her son when she heard a loud crash.

Police said it took two people to pull the mirror off the boy.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: child; itsallfunngamesuntil; killed; mirror; ningnpaso; peligro; storesarentplaygrnds; walmart
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1 posted on 07/24/2006 6:12:23 AM PDT by Samwise
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To: Samwise

I can't even imagine.


2 posted on 07/24/2006 6:12:49 AM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Samwise

Oh, how sad!


3 posted on 07/24/2006 6:13:50 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Whiskey for my men, hyperbolic rodomontade for my horses.)
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To: Samwise

As tragic as it is, I can see hordes of trial lawyers rubbing their hands and licking their lips.


4 posted on 07/24/2006 6:17:14 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Samwise

Why was the mother of a 3 year old 5 feet away--at a Walmart?


5 posted on 07/24/2006 6:18:41 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Westlander
Why was the mother of a 3 year old 5 feet away--at a Walmart?

Oh, puleeeeeze. 5 feet? There is absolutely NOTHING irresponsible about that.

6 posted on 07/24/2006 6:20:16 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (Freerepublic - The website where "Freepers" is not in the spell checker dictionary...)
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To: Westlander
Why was the mother of a 3 year old 5 feet away--at a Walmart?

Because it was at Wal Mart?

7 posted on 07/24/2006 6:20:32 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (dust off the big guns.)
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To: Westlander

For pitty's shake don't be such a jerk.


8 posted on 07/24/2006 6:20:40 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: Samwise

snipers, falling mirrors...what's next?


9 posted on 07/24/2006 6:20:49 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (dust off the big guns.)
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To: Westlander
Why was the mother of a 3 year old 5 feet away--at a Walmart?

Are you serious? What should she do? Duct tape the kid to her leg?

Being 5 feet away is just out of arms reach.
10 posted on 07/24/2006 6:21:49 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Samwise

What's a floor-mounted mirror?


11 posted on 07/24/2006 6:22:52 AM PDT by Jrabbit (Scuse me??)
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To: the invisib1e hand

...and orcs have invaded the Shire.


12 posted on 07/24/2006 6:23:26 AM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Westlander

I don't think 5 feet is that far away. it wasn't like he was "out of sight." And if the mirror fell on the child, what good would it have done even if the mother was standing beside him...both of them would have been hurt (since the article states, it took two people to actually lift the mirror.)


13 posted on 07/24/2006 6:23:37 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
As tragic as it is, I can see hordes of trial lawyers rubbing their hands and licking their lips.

I dont mean to make this accident seem trivial, a boy was hurt after all. BUT I noticed the wording was that he was playing "near" the mirror. I've been in Wal-Mart, and I've seen how today's parents let children run wild there..my bet is, the boy was playing ON the mirror.

This is the fault of the PARENT. Hope Wal-Marts lawyer looks at that possibility.

14 posted on 07/24/2006 6:23:40 AM PDT by PattonFan
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To: Samwise; Mrs.Nooseman; Diana in Wisconsin; bfree; Graybeard58; CSM; metesky; wanderin; sitetest; ...

WalMart Ping.

Tragic story....fingerpointing will begin soon, I fear.


15 posted on 07/24/2006 6:24:08 AM PDT by Gabz (Taxaholism, the disease you elect to have (TY xcamel))
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To: Jrabbit

I don't know what kind of mirror they're talking about. The TV news wasn't any clearer.


16 posted on 07/24/2006 6:24:18 AM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Jrabbit

I'm wondering too. Never seen one at WalMart.


17 posted on 07/24/2006 6:24:50 AM PDT by FearlessFreep (Excuse me. But are those your legs or are you riding a chicken?)
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To: PattonFan
boy was hurt after all

Note to me, watch what I'm typing..the boy was killed.

Still, the parent bears the responsibility not Wal Mart.

18 posted on 07/24/2006 6:25:21 AM PDT by PattonFan
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To: PattonFan
Hope Wal-Marts lawyer looks at that possibility.

They will. Wal-mart plays tough with lawsuits and always have. And no telling how many security cameras are in those ceilings. They possibly have the incident on video.
19 posted on 07/24/2006 6:27:37 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Gabz
Not to make light of this tragedy but the next thing all places of business will have to do is put disclaimers on their mirrors.

"Please do not play on or near mirror as it may cause injury or death".
20 posted on 07/24/2006 6:27:42 AM PDT by FearlessFreep (Excuse me. But are those your legs or are you riding a chicken?)
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To: FearlessFreep

That's not making light of the situation because, alas, that is becoming more and more the nature of our society.


21 posted on 07/24/2006 6:30:14 AM PDT by Gabz (Taxaholism, the disease you elect to have (TY xcamel))
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To: Samwise

Thanks....I was trying to imagine what kind of large mirror would be in the childrens dept. I guess childrens dept. is clothing, not toys, so maybe it was like a partician between sections....what a nightmare for that mom.


22 posted on 07/24/2006 6:31:29 AM PDT by Jrabbit (Scuse me??)
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To: Samwise; FearlessFreep

I'm thinking it was a mirror that one would use after trying on clothing. The child might come out of the dressing room to show the other parent or grandparent and have the full length mirror for modeling.


23 posted on 07/24/2006 6:32:01 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: FearlessFreep

All a disclaimer will do is limit the payout some and only if a judge sympathizes with the store.


24 posted on 07/24/2006 6:33:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: PattonFan
This is the fault of the PARENT. Hope Wal-Marts lawyer looks at that possibility.

It won't matter whose fault it is.Unless Wal Mart has a film of the parent actually pushing the mirror onto the child,the family will get big $$$$....most likely as the result of a private settlement.

After all,can you imagine the river of tears that would be shed during a trial? And can you imagine the effect that these tears will have on the jurors when they deciding just how to punish "big,bad Wal Mart"?

25 posted on 07/24/2006 6:34:53 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: Gabz

Televisions...mirrors...nothing is safe anymore.


26 posted on 07/24/2006 6:37:47 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! www.irey.com and www.vets4Irey.com - Now more than Ever!)
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To: Samwise
How inconceivably tragic.

Horrible.
27 posted on 07/24/2006 6:38:53 AM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: TomGuy
What should she do? Duct tape the kid to her leg?

How about giving the child a nice, fun ride in the carriage -- which, coincidentally, has a little seat just the right size! That way, junior won't get himself into trouble while mommy's attention is diverted from supervision to comparing prices.

Some things are obvious. Or used to be.

28 posted on 07/24/2006 6:39:52 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (dust off the big guns.)
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To: PattonFan
This is the fault of the PARENT. Hope Wal-Marts lawyer looks at that possibility.

From an attorney's perspective, rest assured that they certainly will. Contributory negligence went out the window over thirty years ago, however, and was replaced by comparative negligence. Thus, any recovery by the boy's parents will be reduced by the percentage of fault apportioned to him/his parents by a jury.

That said, this is not the kind of case you want to go to a jury. Wal-Mart will most likely settle.

29 posted on 07/24/2006 6:40:15 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
After all,can you imagine the river of tears that would be shed during a trial? And can you imagine the effect that these tears will have on the jurors when they deciding just how to punish "big,bad Wal Mart"?

I know. But if the child was crawling all over something he should not have been, and the mother was not watching him, maybe, just maybe, someone like me would be on the jury. I believe in personal responsibility, no matter how sad the situation is.

Here is a thought. Being judged by "peers" has been so tightly defined in todays courtroom, that if a black person is on trial, they have to have a black jury, if a hispanic is on trial, there must be hispanics...etc.

Wal-Mart should have "big" businessmen and women on their jury. Seems fair.

30 posted on 07/24/2006 6:46:43 AM PDT by PattonFan
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To: Westlander

"Why was the mother of a 3 year old 5 feet away--at a Walmart?"

Why was a very heavy mirror a child could pull over on himself placed in the children's section?


31 posted on 07/24/2006 6:47:36 AM PDT by RoadTest (Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: in God is our trust.)
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To: Westlander

WM is very careful about the safety of children. When I watch my grandchildren I am usually about 10 feet behind them. I told them it is like herding stray cats. During a typical store tour about 10 people will ask them where their parents or grandparents are.

If a child is lost, the store is locked and the aisles are combed methodically. They have stopped actual cases of abuse doing this.

Obviously someone was lax about securing the mirror. They are liable.


32 posted on 07/24/2006 6:48:02 AM PDT by sine_nomine (Confidential to Bush: protect the borders. It's in the Constitution.)
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To: King of Florida
That said, this is not the kind of case you want to go to a jury. Wal-Mart will most likely settle.

Thanks for your knowledgeable perspective!

Still sad that Wal-Mart may have to settle. They will, and prices will just go up for everyone once again.

33 posted on 07/24/2006 6:48:56 AM PDT by PattonFan
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To: PattonFan

I have also been to Wal Mart and I have seen how the mirrors are set in the clothing sections.

It is likely that the mirror was hanging without much support and fell from the nails or clips which were used to secure it.

If that is the case, in no way is it the parent's fault.


34 posted on 07/24/2006 6:51:19 AM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: RoadTest
Why was a very heavy mirror a child could pull over on himself placed in the children's section?

You misread. The mirror obviously came to life and fell onto the child of its own accord.

I'm sure it's all captured on the security tape.

35 posted on 07/24/2006 6:51:37 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: King of Florida
There's a lot of assuming using "facts not in evidence" here. I don't know enough to say 100% who's at fault in this case. Some at FR are apparently clairvoyant.
36 posted on 07/24/2006 6:53:28 AM PDT by Warren_Piece (Smart is easy. Good is hard.)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Sad, for sure...there goes Walmart's profit for this year...


37 posted on 07/24/2006 6:56:47 AM PDT by thinking
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To: RoadTest

Why was a very heavy mirror a child could pull over on himself placed in the children's section?

This is the crux of the matter. A heavy object, something which requires 2 adults to lift, should be secure enough that it doesn't fall over - regardless of who was near it, whether they are playing, walking by, or bumping into it with a shopping cart. I'm the first one to assign parental responsibility where it is warranted but, from the information here, WalMart was negligent.


38 posted on 07/24/2006 6:57:28 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Like a scene out of a disaster movie -- all the personal injury lawyers in the country celphones rang at once.

Prayers for the family and their friends.


39 posted on 07/24/2006 6:57:37 AM PDT by four more in O 4 (God Bless America. Let Freedom Reign.)
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To: Samwise
I'd urge general caution, as this may not be an isolated incident. Living in ELF central, I know full well that sabotage is a major part of their agenda. And the insane Left hates WalMart more than the logging industry and Starbucks combined. So if they'll firebomb a Starbucks and spike a trees to kill and mame loggers, don't put it past them to loosen fixtures and mounting screws accordingly for effect at WalMart. Mirrors in the child section are one thing. Those big toy shelves and the massive bike racks are another. To them its nothing more than loosening the cap on the sugar shaker.

Vigilance! ...constant and determined. Terrorists today wear many masks.

40 posted on 07/24/2006 6:59:01 AM PDT by Mr.Atos (http://mysandmen.blogspot.com)
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To: Samwise
Mirror falls...

Cheap labor, arguably from illegal workers.

41 posted on 07/24/2006 7:00:26 AM PDT by chris_ab
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To: Samwise

Floor-mounted mirror? What's that for, looking up girls skirts? And if it's floor-mounted, how did it fall?


42 posted on 07/24/2006 7:01:01 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: Warren_Piece
There's a lot of assuming using "facts not in evidence" here. I don't know enough to say 100% who's at fault in this case. Some at FR are apparently clairvoyant.

I obviously don't have all of the facts either, but usually -- though not always -- there is some fault on both sides.

43 posted on 07/24/2006 7:04:29 AM PDT by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: Westlander

Oh puh leeze. You never shopped with two kids? Five feet is literally arms' reach plus one step.

Prayers for that family.

I see WalMart store manager to blame here. NO heavy floor display should be so moveable as to be that sensitive to tipping, even if pulled on by a 3 yr old.


44 posted on 07/24/2006 7:08:01 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: RoadTest

Why wasn't the child in a cart, right there in front of the mother? It drives me nuts when I go to Walmart and see little (toddler) kids running all over the place. I can't count the number of times I've almost ran over a child with my cart because they came running out of a side aisle.

And 5 feet is a huge distace in Walmart, very easy to lose track of someone, especially if the store is busy.

Walmart should implement a safe child policy - if your child is not in a cart, positioned properly, they ask you to leave. I've seen our commissary do that a few times.

Very heavy floor mirrors don't usually fall over unless they have some help.

All that being said, prayers for the mother and Walmart.


45 posted on 07/24/2006 7:09:11 AM PDT by DancingMyRainbow
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To: Samwise

Terrible. My friend was dining at a Famous Steakhouse when a Kangaroo fell on her head. I'm not making that up. It was mounted to the wall and it fell right on her head. Thankfully, she didn't die, but she was messed up alright.


46 posted on 07/24/2006 7:19:01 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Gabz

"Tragic story...fingerpointing will begin soon, I fear."

You know, little kids never died in any sort of freak accidents until Wal-Mart showed up. /SARCASM ;)

(I seem to remember Adam Walsh being abducted from a Sears store at the mall; no one boycotted Sears.)


47 posted on 07/24/2006 7:19:25 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Samwise; Rte66; LdSentinal; kenth; I_like_good_things_too; CindyDawg; DJ MacWoW; FreedomCalls; ...

Replay of that TV that fell over on an infant several days ago....


48 posted on 07/24/2006 7:22:04 AM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: PattonFan

I agree with you. Too often, I've seen kids in stores running amok and their parents do nothing about it. If the kid was playing on the mirror, the parents should reimburse Wal Mart for the loss of the mirror. But if the mirror spontaneously fell on the kid, Wal mart needs to be taken to the cleaners. Secure items simply don't fall. Something made it fall.


49 posted on 07/24/2006 7:24:45 AM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: Westlander
5 *whole* feet why thats nearly an adults females height! personally I expect mobile kids to be tethered with twine at a distance of no more than 3 feet, after all nothing bad can happen at 3 feet... /sarcasm

Stop being such a jerk..
50 posted on 07/24/2006 7:27:08 AM PDT by N3WBI3 ("I can kill you with my brain" - River Tam)
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