Missing Toddler Found Dead in Barling

Missing Toddler Found Dead in Barling

There are 20 comments on the 5News KFSM story from Sep 12, 2010, titled Missing Toddler Found Dead in Barling. In it, 5News KFSM reports that:

A 3-year-old girl is dead after investigators said she drowned at Springhill Park in Barling Saturday.

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kjhuggard

Bentonville, AR

#6 Sep 13, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy.
She sounds exactly like our 4 year old grandson.
It is a burden that those of us who care for autistic children must carry with us while out and about, especially when around water, as autistic children seem to be drawn to it like a magnet.
May God Bless this little soul.
Sheila Medlam

Andale, KS

#7 Sep 13, 2010
Autistic children are different than "normal" children. Those built in safety reflexes that you think everyone has are not present in an autistic child. Most autistic children are unable to recognize danger in any form, quite a few of them seek out sensory thrills.

My five year old autistic son escaped our house, got across the street to a neighbors retention pond and drowned while the whole area was surrounded by police and fire fighters who were searching for him. He had only been missing for a few minutes before he lost his life.

The sad thing is that this happens ALL of the time. One second of inattention is all it takes and every parent has had that second. Fortunately for you, your children never took advantage of the inattention, but autistic children seem to instantly know when they are "free" to run, and they do.

Look at our website if you want to understand.

http://masonallenmedlamfoundation.webs.com

The main problem is First Responders and those without autistic children just can not comprehend the behaviors of these children. Just because this darling girl responded to a few words didn't mean that even if they had been standing right beside her shouting her name she would have responded. My son wouldn't have, and that is why he's not here now.

I know it is frustrating to read about the loss of any child. It makes us angry and sad. Well, use those emotions to make a difference. Help prevent this type of tragedy from happening again. Get informed. Make sure that your First Responders know how to react when an autistic child goes missing. Sign the Mason Alert!

God bless this family. I know the crushing loss you are feeling. I endure it every day and it never gets any easier.
Karen

United States

#9 Sep 13, 2010
Wow is all I can say to that last comment! Obviously you live in a bubble!
I do want to say that my heart goes out to this family, and my prayers! I am so very sorry for your loss, and for the terrible pain you are enduring. May God be with you!
Sheila Medlam

Andale, KS

#10 Sep 13, 2010
Dear hummm,

You are not very intelligent are you? Maybe you should do a little research or stay in the home of a person with an autistic child, although I can not imagine any parent letting you near their child. Look into what the causes of Autism are. Some are genetic, but most are caused by environmental issues such as mercury poising from fish and vaccinations. I wish to God autism didn't exist, because then my son would still be alive. Even doubting Thomas had to change his mind when he laid his hand upon the wound in Jesus' side. Do a little research, make a positive impact in the world and don't make such idiotic statements again. They make you look ignorant and uneducated, and only give the impression of a typical mean-spirited person.

In situations like this, nay saying is not required. Support, compassion and understanding are the components to dealing with tragedy and supporting others who have suffered an unimaginable loss.

Trust me when I say that they will never get over this. Not only have they lost their child, but now they will have to go through the rest of their lives without her. That is the most painful part of this. Never hearing your child laugh, cry, yell, giggle, ever, ever again.

I hope you gain understanding in this life. You need it.
FSMom

United States

#11 Sep 13, 2010
My heart goes out to this family in this time of tragedy.

Yes, Ms. Medlam, we HAVE all had these seconds. From those of us who made it through them without loss, please accept our thoughts and prayers in the loss of your child. May the Lord lay his hands upon you and may he help you with the loss that cannot be replaced and the pain that will not subside.

Obviously, there was a comment that has been removed, so to anyone else thinking of placing a hurtful comment here: Just do not do it. The hurt you intend to inflict cannot possibly compare to the pain and loss these people are already experiencing. Instead, you should pray that you never have to learn that first-hand.
Sheila Medlam

Andale, KS

#12 Sep 13, 2010
by the way, Karen's response was to a deleted comment by someone that said autism doesn't exist and that we all need to get over it and let kids be kids. I wish they would have left it so everyone could see how idiotic that person sounded. Karen's comment was not directed at my posts. Trust me, I know. She is my sister and has a severely autistic son.

Thank you
adrienne resnick

Delray Beach, FL

#13 Sep 13, 2010
My heart goes out to the family. My 9yr old granddaughter is also austistic. c. There are 5 spheres of autism. My granddaughter walks, talks, dresses herself, goes to the bathroom, but after a few minutes, you can tell something is wrong. Lately, I've been hearing a lot about austism. It almost seems like they are giving it away. I wish there was a cure.
Karen

United States

#14 Sep 13, 2010
The comment I left before was to the comment that has been removed the one that Sheila is referring to not to Sheila or anyone else that is offering support to this family, which is what they need in a time like this! As I said before may God be with them, and I am very sorry for their loss.
DISCOURAGED

AOL

#15 Sep 13, 2010
I know I'm bucking the general opinions here, but what is an explanation for the plastic bags with her clothes inside, right where her body was found?
Carla

Philomath, OR

#16 Sep 13, 2010
Poor little angel. Condolences to her family, I am so very sorry for their loss.
Laura Caudle

Pendergrass, GA

#17 Sep 13, 2010
I personally knew the family very well, have know Savannah since she was a baby and yes she was truly a little blessing I am so sad to hear of this tragedy, I want to personally Thank all the people involved in this search. I truly deep in my heart believe she is in a better place then where we all are. God Bless your little soul and now you can fly with all the other baby Angels Rest in Peace Savannah.
Laura Caudle

Pendergrass, GA

#18 Sep 13, 2010
I am glad I did not see the Post that everyone is mad about because I would be right there with you all. Savannah was very much autistic I know the family very well, I am quite confused about why she was being adopted it has been a little while since I have seen her Mom Marie I know her Dad Tony is in Jail but I can say Marie was a Very Good Mother and what I always saw was Marie NEVER let Savannah out of her sight Never she even bought a leash for Savannah so she could play outside and Marie would not have to be right there at all times, I am so sad over this, as I said Savannah was one of the most loving and sweet little baby I have ever known she was a good baby and yes she was very drawn to water her Mom has lots of pictures of her in the commode water bath anything with water she was there. Marie if you read this, I know you just lost your father in law, next your Dad recently and now your baby so much for you to handle God be with you during all this. We love you Laura

Since: Sep 10

Bentonville, AR

#19 Sep 13, 2010
Sheila Medlam wrote:
Autistic children are different than "normal" children. Those built in safety reflexes that you think everyone has are not present in an autistic child. Most autistic children are unable to recognize danger in any form, quite a few of them seek out sensory thrills.
My five year old autistic son escaped our house, got across the street to a neighbors retention pond and drowned while the whole area was surrounded by police and fire fighters who were searching for him. He had only been missing for a few minutes before he lost his life.
The sad thing is that this happens ALL of the time. One second of inattention is all it takes and every parent has had that second. Fortunately for you, your children never took advantage of the inattention, but autistic children seem to instantly know when they are "free" to run, and they do.
Look at our website if you want to understand.
http://masonallenmedlamfoundation.webs.com
The main problem is First Responders and those without autistic children just can not comprehend the behaviors of these children. Just because this darling girl responded to a few words didn't mean that even if they had been standing right beside her shouting her name she would have responded. My son wouldn't have, and that is why he's not here now.
I know it is frustrating to read about the loss of any child. It makes us angry and sad. Well, use those emotions to make a difference. Help prevent this type of tragedy from happening again. Get informed. Make sure that your First Responders know how to react when an autistic child goes missing. Sign the Mason Alert!
God bless this family. I know the crushing loss you are feeling. I endure it every day and it never gets any easier.
I am so sorry for your loss, this is something we watch for on a daily basis too. It is not an easy task to be sure as our little fellow looks for the split second your attention is not on him to pull his escape routine also.
maggie

Mchenry, IL

#20 Sep 13, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss
Debi

Plymouth, MA

#21 Sep 14, 2010
Such a sad loss, our autistic child is 9yrs old and though she can swim we never go near a body of water without her wearing a life vest. It is just not that worth the split second it takes for her to bolt off in the direction of any water body.
moneylady

Wheeling, WV

#22 Sep 14, 2010
How sad. May God bless and comfort this family in their tragic loss and in the days to come. I pray that this is just a tragic, unfortunate accident and not a result of foul play.
Laura Caudle

Pendergrass, GA

#23 Sep 14, 2010
What I have learned just this morning is that they found a gash in the back of her hear, foul play could be there, lets hope not. The sad part is the news is not doing there job, first of all her parents her Dad Tony Hauser is in Pine Bluff Prison second her Mom Marie Gibson was not there and I know her personally I know the entire family the news is not telling the truth Savannah was not being adopted I can say that I have seen Marie with Savannah since she was a baby and Marie always took extra precautions with Savannah I was also told by her Uncle that Marie was not capable of taking care of the children right now and DHS had stepped in and put the girls there were 3 now two actually Marie is 25 and had 7 children one she mis carried three boys which are all adopted out Marie was young when she had the boys but made sure they went to families that could take care of them. The 3 girls Jasmine 6 (smart and Beautiful) Destiney 5 (also just as Beautiful) and then there was Savannah 3 Savannah was simply a Beautiful and sweet little girl very Lovable I always remembered her on her Moms hip and Marie always was running after but Marie never let that baby out of her sight she would have never allowed this to happen to Savannah Rose, I think that it needs to be corrected TODAY that this was a family taking care of Savannah they had not adopted and from what I know and I know quite a few facts they were not going to adopt the children Marie's sister stepped in and basically made Marie let her take the girls until Marie could get her life back in order. My best friend and the childrens Uncle Keith has also stated that Marie the Mother is really bad addicted to drugs and is trying to get off of them, Drugs are such a Vicious Cycle for anyone, but punish the Mother for this is not fair, at least she tried to place the girls in better place. Look what this better place did for this baby, I wish I could post pictures of Savannah she was the most Beautiful Chunky long Blond Curly haired green eyed Baby I have ever seen, one thing for sure God is going to have another Beautiful Baby Girl Angel watching over all his babies her on earth, the Funeral home that has her Body resting is Van Alma and I think if anyone wants to do anything for this family that any contributions should be made in the form of a College Fund for later to help the two older girls in their Futures. We are so fortunate to have our children, and I will be paying my respects today I hope you all will stop for a minute and say a Prayer for not just Savannah but for her entire family this is truly a Tragic thing and I feel like we have all lost a Baby. Thank you and if you have questions or would like to make a donation please email me and I will tell you where to send the Donations I will be going to the bank today to get a fund going for the tow other girls. Laura Caudle lcaudle4141@aol.com
Laura Caudle

Pendergrass, GA

#24 Sep 14, 2010
kjhuggard wrote:
<quoted text>I am so sorry for your loss, this is something we watch for on a daily basis too. It is not an easy task to be sure as our little fellow looks for the split second your attention is not on him to pull his escape routine also.
Thank you so MUCH for the Information that you Posted People really need to be educated more on this again Thank You for getting this out there for all of us to see
CHEVY QUEEN

Warfordsburg, PA

#26 Sep 14, 2010
My deepest sympathies to this family on the loss of this child. However, I FEEL that there is MORE to this story, and it should be investigated into further. I suspect foul play.............
lisadee

United States

#27 Sep 14, 2010
The whole story does not make any sense.....the plastic bag of clothes, how close they found her body, the "adoption". I do have a son with autism.....so I do understand the wandering, the water.......but the pieces don't add up. I'm sorry this little girl endured what she did. Bless her lil heart

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