Toddler Ran Away From Mother Before Fall at NC Park

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Authorities say a 2-year-old boy who fell off a cliff and died at Chimney Rock State Park apparently pulled away from his mother and ran under a railing. Full Story
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Since: Mar 08

Columbia, SC

#1 May 26, 2008
Even if that is what really happened.. She's pretty pathetic if she isn't even strong enough to resist against a toddler and restrain him. Lame excuse in my opinion. Besides, this child never EVER should have been allowed on the trail in the 1st place. If justice were served, this woman would be charged with murder. How do you not know better than to take a tiny kid onto a strenuous hiking trail way up in the mountains???
Dang

Myrtle Beach, SC

#2 May 26, 2008
We're the warning signs written in any other language? I'm a looking for a sympathetic jury for my clients.

“Who P@@ed in Your Conflakes?”

Since: May 08

Cornholio Iowa

#3 May 26, 2008
Dang wrote:
We're the warning signs written in any other language? I'm a looking for a sympathetic jury for my clients.
I was wondering about that also. I haven't been to this park since before it went public.
Da Man

Columbia, SC

#4 May 26, 2008
Pretty stupid to bring the kid along the trail when they are warned against it. I'm sorry the kid died but the parents need to take better care of their kids.
ashley

Lexington, SC

#5 May 26, 2008
that is the worst thing that could happen to someone. if i had a child that young i would not have even took him up that long walk when the signs say not to. i hope they had them written in spanish, because if they did not speak english, then they could not read it either.

“Pray for Clay”

Since: Apr 08

Gaston (hope not for long)

#6 May 27, 2008
My heart goes out to this family. My youngest daughter is 5 and we still can't hike places like that because we know she would do the same thing this little boy did. This is not the parents' fault. I know their first instinct will be to blame themselves but there is no reason to. This was a tragic accident.
ABC

Columbia, SC

#7 May 27, 2008
They should give all parents a leash for there kids if they feel the need to take them on this dangerous trail. Dumb parents!
No Speakaday English

Laurinburg, NC

#8 May 27, 2008
The parents don't speak English, and I doubt the warning signs were written in any other language except maybe to say "Peligro" just as it should be. No parent should ever have to bury their child, but can we say assimilation?
But some blood-sucking lawyer will see dollar signs because the idiotic family wasn't provided with the proper warning in their language, and they'll sue and win (or win a settlement).
msbehavin

United States

#9 May 27, 2008
Khameleon wrote:
Even if that is what really happened.. She's pretty pathetic if she isn't even strong enough to resist against a toddler and restrain him. Lame excuse in my opinion. Besides, this child never EVER should have been allowed on the trail in the 1st place. If justice were served, this woman would be charged with murder.
How do you not know better than to
take a tiny kid onto a strenuous hiking trail way up in the mountains???
You obviously don't have kids, you idiot. Keep your negative comments to yourself. This woman and her family are hurting more than you'll ever know.
pvtlakinmom07

Little River, SC

#10 May 27, 2008
my prayers goes out to the family at this time.
pvtlakinmom07

Little River, SC

#11 May 27, 2008
msbehavin wrote:
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You obviously don't have kids, you idiot. Keep your negative comments to yourself. This woman and her family are hurting more than you'll ever know.
i agree also
LAB

Columbia, SC

#12 May 27, 2008
msbehavin wrote:
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You obviously don't have kids, you idiot. Keep your negative comments to yourself. This woman and her family are hurting more than you'll ever know.
I'm sure this family is suffering horribly but they did make a bad choice and the terrible price they paid was the life of their precious child. A two year old should not have been on this trail. I stated on another post that I just took my 12 year old daughter a few months and we did not do this hike because of how strenuous and difficult it was and I knew even at 12 it would be to much for her. It's a choice you have to make as a parent, to do what is right for your children. Also, this is America. Learn to speak our language or just do the best you can, it's not our fault you can't read the signs. I don't see a law suit against Chimney Rock... There was fencing, protective barriers, and signs. And also, this is a public forum and everyone is entitled to their own opinon. Everyone is not going to agree with you. Regardless of my feelings, my sympathies to the family. I know they are suffering tremendously!

“Preggo again! ”

Since: Jan 08

Back in Columbia

#13 May 27, 2008
Dang wrote:
We're the warning signs written in any other language? I'm a looking for a sympathetic jury for my clients.
The only problem with that is even if there were no other signs written in a language they could understand, there is still common sense. If it looks dangerous then it's best not to take a toddler on that trail.
Troublemaker

Sumter, SC

#14 May 27, 2008
No Speakaday English wrote:
The parents don't speak English, and I doubt the warning signs were written in any other language except maybe to say "Peligro" just as it should be. No parent should ever have to bury their child, but can we say assimilation?
But some blood-sucking lawyer will see dollar signs because the idiotic family wasn't provided with the proper warning in their language, and they'll sue and win (or win a settlement).
WELLLLL if you don't speak the language, then maybe you should learn it - one of the articles I read says they live in Spartanburg... that's in the USA where the language is ENGLISH!!!! If you can't read what the sign says, then maybe you should ASK... If you still don't understand, then maybe you shouldn't "go there".

Maybe they should have had the child on a "leash". I'd much rather see a child on a leash than at the bottom of a cliff or under a car. Two year olds are QUICK when they want to be.

They have NO RIGHT to sue, since it was their fault.

Condolences on the loss of the child.

“If you can't be a good example”

Since: Mar 07

be a warning

#15 May 27, 2008
mean_old_man wrote:
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I was wondering about that also. I haven't been to this park since before it went public.
I was there that very morning it happened and no, all signs are in English. Which is as it should be seeing as how this is an English speaking country. If you move here learn the language.

You wouldn't believe the parents dragging their little kids along on these trails. Also there a whole bunch of little dogs. There bear warnings all over the place and people have to bring their little rats of a dog on these trails. These little dogs are like magnets for a bear.

I saw one young couple on a trail labeled as being severe, the man had a small 1 or 2 yr old riding on his shoulders while he carried a baby stroller and the young mother was lugging a big bag. This trail was narrow with loose rock and dirt. Both were struggling.
Senseless Parents

Columbia, SC

#16 May 27, 2008
msbehavin wrote:
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You obviously don't have kids, you idiot. Keep your negative comments to yourself. This woman and her family are hurting more than you'll ever know.
They should still have had better sense. I don't have children, but even I know better than to take a kid to a dangerous area like that. And of all the people that I know that have children, would never endanger their children that way. The parents should be charged no matter what language they speak. I'll bet your one of those parents who would endanger your child for your own gratification.
Columbia Mother

Columbia, SC

#17 May 27, 2008
Khameleon wrote:
Even if that is what really happened.. She's pretty pathetic if she isn't even strong enough to resist against a toddler and restrain him. Lame excuse in my opinion. Besides, this child never EVER should have been allowed on the trail in the 1st place. If justice were served, this woman would be charged with murder. How do you not know better than to take a tiny kid onto a strenuous hiking trail way up in the mountains???
Either you don't have children or you have never looked after them. If you had, you'd know to expect the unexpected. Whereas I agree Chimney Rock was not an appropriate place to have a two-year old, it is also not appropriate to completely blame the mother. I'm sure she thought she had a secure grip on her child but she didn't realize how quick and strong a toddler can be - just as I didn't realize it years ago when my daughter darted into traffic on Hwy. 17 in Mrytle Beach. Our family of four had just exited a restaurant and were walking to the car when my daughter unexpectedly pulled from my grip and ran straight into the road. I ran right after her and the only reason we both weren't killed was that there weren't any cars near enough. That event scared me stupid, especially because I never thought she would do such a thing. It sure taught me a good lesson about safety ...

“Lets take America Back!”

Since: Apr 07

America, U,S,A.

#18 May 27, 2008
Khameleon wrote:
Even if that is what really happened.. She's pretty pathetic if she isn't even strong enough to resist against a toddler and restrain him. Lame excuse in my opinion. Besides, this child never EVER should have been allowed on the trail in the 1st place. If justice were served, this woman would be charged with murder. How do you not know better than to take a tiny kid onto a strenuous hiking trail way up in the mountains???
GFY!!!!!
thisisme

Columbia, SC

#19 May 27, 2008
this is a sad loss. i believe that if you come to america you should at least attempt to learn ENGLISH! so what the sign may not have been in spanish (i am assuming this family was hispanic), common sense should have utilized to know that you don't take a an active and sporadic 2 year old on a cliff side!!!
hmm

Sumter, SC

#20 May 27, 2008
spartanburg... lol

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