Boy dies after fall into Jackson Park Harbor

A 5-year-old boy died Thursday night after falling into the water on the lakefront while playing in Jackson Park Harbor on Chicago's South Side, authorities said. Full Story
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Since: Oct 07

Worth, IL

#1 Jul 4, 2008
This occurred outside the 63rd street beach. Now for those not familiar, there is a section of cement blocks that serve as 'steps' where you can look down and see the water crash into the rocks below. Now these steps aren't smooth like the ones north near 31-35street. The cement steps near 63rd are jagged, uneven with cracks so large an adult can easily trap his foot in and trip.

So, apparently this child was running on these steps AT NIGHT and fell into those rocks and the waters below.
JoeSchmo

United States

#2 Jul 4, 2008
8:45PM, it's just about dark, kids are playing along dangerous rocks on the lake shore. Is something missing here? Where was the parental supervision? I'm sure we'll see his Mother on TV blaming the City Of Chicago for this accident. Get ready, folks. Here we go again!

Please, everyone, MONITOR YOUR CHILDREN!
Suzanne

United States

#3 Jul 4, 2008
What the h--- was a 5 year old boy - or any other kid, for that matter - allowed to be playing there??? At that time, most 5 years old are in bed!

Hopefully, the parents are investigated to make sure their other children are being taken care of & not abused in any way.
Sick of it all

Aurora, MO

#4 Jul 4, 2008
Wow are we judgemental. This is the summer time and the night before a Holiday, there was a LOT of kids out last night around 9:00pm. Probably even yours! It is quite possible that this family was out on the Lake to watch the fireworks from downtown or just enjoying a nice summer night.

Prayers for this poor family, I couldn't imagine their pain. We have walked around this ledge and a similar one near the Shedd. I have always wondered what the heck I would do if I, the dog or a family member fell into the water right there.
betty boop

Hammond, IN

#5 Jul 4, 2008
sad. accidents happen ~ quit the blame game ~ i doubt any of you are perfect parents. he most likely was out with his family for the fireworks.

my condolences to his family.
Suzanne

United States

#6 Jul 4, 2008
In this case, it's only common sense as to where you let your kids play.

You wouldn't let them play near railroad tracks & then when one gets it by a train, you wouldn't say, "accidents happen." Common sense would tell you NOT to let your kids play near the RR tracks.
Suzanne

United States

#9 Jul 4, 2008
Sick of it all wrote:
Wow are we judgemental. This is the summer time and the night before a Holiday, there was a LOT of kids out last night around 9:00pm. Probably even yours! It is quite possible that this family was out on the Lake to watch the fireworks from downtown or just enjoying a nice summer night.
Prayers for this poor family, I couldn't imagine their pain. We have walked around this ledge and a similar one near the Shedd. I have always wondered what the heck I would do if I, the dog or a family member fell into the water right there.
Well, I wouldn't let my 5 year old play there or even walk near it or I'd be holding his hand to make sure he didn't get too close. Too bad the parents weren't paying attention or didn't care where he played - he died a horrible death because of it.
Suzanne

United States

#10 Jul 4, 2008
I hope the parents don't ever take their other kids to the Grand Canyon!
Wisconsin

AOL

#11 Jul 4, 2008
Where the heck were mom and dad? Common sense should tell you not to let your kid play on rocks near the edge of the water.
Ambulance Chaser

Chicago, IL

#12 Jul 4, 2008
CHA-CHING
Really

Chicago, IL

#13 Jul 4, 2008
Some of you folks are clearly superior parents to anyone who's kid is befallen by a tragic accident Kudos!:)
Angie

Chicago, IL

#14 Jul 4, 2008
Suzanne wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I wouldn't let my 5 year old play there or even walk near it or I'd be holding his hand to make sure he didn't get too close. Too bad the parents weren't paying attention or didn't care where he played - he died a horrible death because of it.
You're insensitive and psycho. Keep telling yourself you really need to state these things regardless of their terrible loss if your sense of righteousness and reason is so justifiable.
Tony

Glenwood, IL

#15 Jul 4, 2008
Yet another example of what happens when parents don't watch over their children. Want to see some more? Go down certain streets in the evening and observe the "gangs" of children running around causing havoc - throwing bricks at CTA buses, breaking glass bottles on the sidewalks, running in and out of moving traffic. Why aren't their parents watching over them? Because they're at home getting high or getting laid.
red cross

La Porte, IN

#16 Jul 4, 2008
LEARN TO SWIM!
Suzanne

United States

#17 Jul 4, 2008
Really wrote:
Some of you folks are clearly superior parents to anyone who's kid is befallen by a tragic accident Kudos!:)
An accident that could have been avoided if the parents didn't allow a 5 year to play there! Common sense!
Suzanne

United States

#18 Jul 4, 2008
Tony wrote:
Yet another example of what happens when parents don't watch over their children. Want to see some more? Go down certain streets in the evening and observe the "gangs" of children running around causing havoc - throwing bricks at CTA buses, breaking glass bottles on the sidewalks, running in and out of moving traffic. Why aren't their parents watching over them? Because they're at home getting high or getting laid.
Angie from Chicago thinks otherwise. You are a psycho if you don't let your kids play where it's dangerous.
ramona

Wheeling, IL

#19 Jul 4, 2008
Im so tired of this parents that dont watch their kids, you just dont let a five year old play in such dangerous soroundings. Im a parent I have never placed my kids in any situation that would bring harm to them. I dont care if its summer I ask where were the parents, and now we have to see the sob, but nothing that will bring back that inocent life back. The mother will have to live with the gilt of not doing her job.
Wyndsor

United States

#21 Jul 4, 2008
Hey Suzanne. Where do you get off expecting parents to watch their kids? That's asking a little too much.
Suzanne

United States

#22 Jul 4, 2008
LOL
were you there

Mchenry, IL

#23 Jul 4, 2008
Taste of Chicago. Fireworks on the lakefront. Hundreds of thousands of people awaiting to view the fireworks from the best possible vantage point - the lakefront. There were MANY children 'playing on the lakefront' last night! Accident happened @ 8:45. 20 minute search. Pronounced dead at a hospital @ 9:30 PM - 45 minutes after he fell in. These 45 minutes include a frantic call for help, arrival of emergency personnel, helicopters, etc...rescue & drive to hospital. Don't be so judgmental. He may have even been holding his mother or father's hand, he slipped & they watched him fall to his ultimate death. Peace be with the family.

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