C'ville Girl Dies in Swing Set Accident

C'ville Girl Dies in Swing Set Accident

There are 18 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Dec 30, 2008, titled C'ville Girl Dies in Swing Set Accident. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

A Fluvanna County family is dealing with tragedy after a swing set accident claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl Saturday afternoon.

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July

United States

#1 Dec 30, 2008
What an tragedy. She was such an beautiful little girl. My heart goes out to the family.

Since: Dec 08

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#2 Dec 30, 2008
Sooooo sad! You just never know when tragedy will strike.
India Bell

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Dec 30, 2008
That is soo ssaadd my heart does out to her family I knew the little girl she was friends with my brother she talked to me at work and when she saw me and it hit me real hard my heart is really with her family and its just that god was calling her god will take her in his arms.
Taylor

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Dec 31, 2008
This is a tragic accident, although it seems if the swing set were properly grounded this could have been avoided. I've seen an increasing number of these types of stories in the news- so sad! But there is a solution! And it lies right in the instructions of the swing set.
Cville

United States

#6 Dec 31, 2008
Taylor wrote:
This is a tragic accident, although it seems if the swing set were properly grounded this could have been avoided. I've seen an increasing number of these types of stories in the news- so sad! But there is a solution! And it lies right in the instructions of the swing set.
You can read instructions ALL DAY long and equipment still isn't properly installed - for instance, CAR SEATS! Don't be an idiot all your life - you must have NO KIDS and evidently no heart!
Gordo

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Dec 31, 2008
Cville wrote:
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You can read instructions ALL DAY long and equipment still isn't properly installed - for instance, CAR SEATS! Don't be an idiot all your life - you must have NO KIDS and evidently no heart!
I have both. This swing set was not properly secured to the ground. An avoidable tragic accident.
A Grandmother

Goode, VA

#8 Dec 31, 2008
Tears filled my eyes as I read this report. I gave my grandchildren a wooden swing set last year. It was not properly anchored when it was set up. I kept after my daughter and son in law to anchor it down but with their busy schedule, they never had the time. The kids played on it a few times. One night last summer a real bad thunderstorm came with lots of heavy winds. The next morning the swing set I had paid over a thousand dollars for was in shambles. The wind had torn it all to pieces. It was dragged to a place out in the field and burned. I considered that a blessing. I didn't care about the money that was lost. I was thankful that my precious grandchildren was not hurt or worse. My heart goes out to this family. I know what it is to lose a child... I lost one in 2004 and I also know that no matter what the circumstances might be, a child is gone and it doesn't help to place blame or to harbour bad feelings in your heart towards anyone. Accidents do happen all the time, it is just very sad that it happends to people so young. I will keep this family in my prayers and I hope they know that their beautiful little girl is swinging with the angels in Heaven now. I know this family will grieve and suffer for a long time just as I did, but just think.... their loved one is in the very presence of God. Who would want to come back to this life? I know my son wouldn't. 1 Cor 2:9
caring in c-ville

Boones Mill, VA

#9 Dec 31, 2008
accidents happen. whatever occurred with the swingset the family needs love and care.
God bless them at this time and I pray they can lean on another as they mourn the death of this beautiful child.
although one has to keep living after the death of a child, they never get over it.
Jerod Scott

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Dec 31, 2008
I just want to give the family my condolences because i remember when she was a baby... i loved her so much and i will never forget her last concert at Johnson Elementry School! Shauntia, Keep your head up... she's in a better place now and thats the bestest safest place for her! I love you gurl! Much love to the family and i will keep you in my prayers!

Since: Dec 08

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#11 Dec 31, 2008
Taylor wrote:
This is a tragic accident, although it seems if the swing set were properly grounded this could have been avoided. I've seen an increasing number of these types of stories in the news- so sad! But there is a solution! And it lies right in the instructions of the swing set.
The mother will blame herself until the end of her days. Yes, sometimes we don't do everything just right, but even when we do, there are accidents.

This story just rips my heart apart. I've lost a child, and there is no worse heartbreak than that.

Rest in the arms of Jesus, Sweet Baby Girl. You made your mark on the world while you were here.
Reader

United States

#12 Dec 31, 2008
Such a tragedy, and this time of year yet. This is the third recent local obituary of a young person that died, who had a birthday on, or very close to Christmas. Extra traumatic for the families. Thoughts and prayers...
tell it as it is

Boones Mill, VA

#13 Dec 31, 2008
I will never forget when the little girl died on Carton Road/ Carlton Avenue. I think her name was Tekia. It was on New Years Eve night a few years ago around 10 p.m. She was only 8 or 9. She was riding an electric moped with four or so other kids. She was without a helmet and hit by a guy who had been known to sell drugs.
He left her on the road to die. He got off on a technicality and is out and about free as a bird.
So many questions remain in my mind, like why was a 9 year old riding an electric moped without a helmet on new years eve on around 10 p.m? And where were the parents of the other kid's riding with her? And why did the guy get off when he left her lying in the road and people in the neighborhood said he threw drugs out of his SUV into someone's yard. AAnd did he come back to the crime scenenfor the kid, or the drugs?
But through all the questions, there is still a little girl who's life was stolen, and a family with a future that will be forever changed by one event. And a man that will forever live with the knowledge he killed a child. A precious little girl.

There can always be blame and regrets and questions in any situation, yet life goes on and healing must take place.

And the community must provide support for the family when any accident occurs. No matter what may have happened the family deals with so much. Not only have they lost a child, but have to deal with thinking their "non-action" may have played a part of it. It's something they will forever live with.

Pray for them and the other's in their family.

Coretta

Atlanta, GA

#19 Jan 10, 2009
Cville wrote:
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You can read instructions ALL DAY long and equipment still isn't properly installed - for instance, CAR SEATS! Don't be an idiot all your life - you must have NO KIDS and evidently no heart!
Thank you so much for your comment. I couldn't of said it better.
MADDDD

Scottsville, VA

#22 Jan 13, 2009
I AM SO SICK OF THESE STUPID NEGLECTFUL PARENTS THAT CANNOT BE BOTHERED TO WATCH THEIR KIDS!

Since: Dec 08

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#27 Jan 16, 2009
MADDDD wrote:
I AM SO SICK OF THESE STUPID NEGLECTFUL PARENTS THAT CANNOT BE BOTHERED TO WATCH THEIR KIDS!
I've now counted to 1000 and I still want to smack this "person," and I use that term loosley.

I will pray that your harsh words don't come back to haunt you.
Real Moms Watch

Scottsville, VA

#28 Jan 16, 2009
How sad when a mother is too busy to watch their children. Are neglect charges pending?
Eliza

Charlottesville, VA

#29 Jan 16, 2009
The swing set tipped over. Unless her mother was standing right next to her, watching her wouldn't have made a difference.

I would imagine that by the time most children are 9, they are quite used to playing in their own front or back yards without a parent hovering about every second. This was a tragic accident. I pray that you never know what this girl's mother is going through and that no one ever judges you as harshly as you have judged others in this situation.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#30 Jan 17, 2009
Real Moms Watch wrote:
How sad when a mother is too busy to watch their children. Are neglect charges pending?
I'm sure that you have never let your kids out of your site for one second. Because that's all it takes for a tragic accident to occur.

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