Boy Falls From 2nd-Story Ledge

Aug 3, 2008 Read more: NBC 30 Hartford 25
State police received several 911 calls reporting a small boy on a second-story ledge of a building on Main Street in Danielson at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Read more
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“ONE OF THE JOES”

Since: Jul 08

Hartford CT

#1 Aug 3, 2008
These stories are always written to make you feel that the mother was a evil person but there needs to be more information. In some cases there is a logical reason for the accident and others there is only fault. NBC30 needs to release more information in these stories. Jury is out in this case.
Alex

Stamford, CT

#2 Aug 4, 2008
Some people shouldn't be allowed to procreate, it seems that the mother was not even aware of her child's wereabouts, that goes to show you how much she cares about the child.
The child should be taken away from her, and where is the father???
Rusty

Milford, CT

#3 Aug 4, 2008
You can't be everywhere with children - I was put down for a nap on the third floor when I was about one or two and climbed out the window walking around the roof when my mom went to check on me she heard me crying she was able to pull me through a bathroom window but I ended up with a red behind do to mom's hand should she have been arrested NO children do get into mischief this country has really gone to far with their laws parents have lost control that's why we have so much young adult crimes
Bristol

Cheshire, CT

#4 Aug 4, 2008
I understand that it is very difficult to keep a constant eye out on your own kid/s and it only takes one second to look away and your child is not where he/she should be but-in this case, the mother shoudl have made sure all doors/windwos were locked before going to sleep so that her 2 1/2 wouldn't be able to leave the apt. This was a carefless situation on the mothers part and thank heaven the child was not injured and the by stander was there to save the little boy and I do hope that this issue is a definit wake up call to the mother for her future and for the sake of her own child.
Joe from Hartford

Canton, CT

#5 Aug 4, 2008
Rusty wrote:
You can't be everywhere with children - I was put down for a nap on the third floor when I was about one or two and climbed out the window walking around the roof when my mom went to check on me she heard me crying she was able to pull me through a bathroom window but I ended up with a red behind do to mom's hand should she have been arrested NO children do get into mischief this country has really gone to far with their laws parents have lost control that's why we have so much young adult crimes
I totally disagree...As a parent, you have to provide a safe environment for a child which INCLUDES child-proofing your home, including the windows! You can do several things to child-proof a window!

As far as not being able to keep an eye on your child all of the time, It is absolutely possible! You just have to work at it. That is the problem, people don't want to put the effort forward!

Since: Jun 08

Middletown CT

#6 Aug 4, 2008
Joe from Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>I totally disagree...As a parent, you have to provide a safe environment for a child which INCLUDES child-proofing your home, including the windows! You can do several things to child-proof a window!
As far as not being able to keep an eye on your child all of the time, It is absolutely possible! You just have to work at it. That is the problem, people don't want to put the effort forward!
I agree that it is important to childproof your house, and make sure it is a safe environment. But to say that it is possible to have an eye on them 24/7 is absolutely ludicrous. Unless you have the money to hire someone to do your cooking and cleaning for you, it isn't feasible.
Joe from Hartford

Canton, CT

#7 Aug 4, 2008
Green_Jen wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree that it is important to childproof your house, and make sure it is a safe environment. But to say that it is possible to have an eye on them 24/7 is absolutely ludicrous. Unless you have the money to hire someone to do your cooking and cleaning for you, it isn't feasible.
Absolutely ludicrous??? It is absolutely possible! Especially at that age! Children still take naps and go to bed earlier than the parents, right? There is plenty of time to take care of everything if you allocate your time properly! Sorry, but as a parent of two children under the age of 4, I totally disagree with your position!

“ONE OF THE JOES”

Since: Jul 08

Hartford CT

#8 Aug 4, 2008
Joe from Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>Absolutely ludicrous??? It is absolutely possible! Especially at that age! Children still take naps and go to bed earlier than the parents, right? There is plenty of time to take care of everything if you allocate your time properly! Sorry, but as a parent of two children under the age of 4, I totally disagree with your position!
I have raised three children and worked with many others and you are a superman if you even think it is possiable to watch them every second. It only takes a blink of an eye to get into trouble. A turn of your head and out the door they go. go to the bathroom and how much trouble can they get into. If I read you right you wait till they are tied up to do that Joe get real and wake up to the reality of the world. There is such a thing as being over protective.
Felix

Canton, CT

#9 Aug 4, 2008
Joe from Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>I have raised three children and worked with many others and you are a superman if you even think it is possiable to watch them every second. It only takes a blink of an eye to get into trouble. A turn of your head and out the door they go. go to the bathroom and how much trouble can they get into. If I read you right you wait till they are tied up to do that Joe get real and wake up to the reality of the world. There is such a thing as being over protective.
OVER PROTECTIVE, I THINK NOT! I call it being responsible!

And, YES, evidently I am Superman. Because I seem to be able to not waste my time.

“ONE OF THE JOES”

Since: Jul 08

Hartford CT

#10 Aug 4, 2008
Felix wrote:
<quoted text>OVER PROTECTIVE, I THINK NOT! I call it being responsible!
And, YES, evidently I am Superman. Because I seem to be able to not waste my time.
You are a saint for sure but yes there is being over protective and it is just as bad for the child as not caring enough. we need to find a happy medium
Joe from Hartford

Canton, CT

#11 Aug 4, 2008
Joe from Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>You are a saint for sure but yes there is being over protective and it is just as bad for the child as not caring enough. we need to find a happy medium
Like I said, I'm not overprotective, just responsible. Being overprotective is related to not letting your child explore, have fun and maybe even scrape a knee or two. It is much different than being negligent. There is not a happy medium between responsibility and neglect.
New Cromwell resident

Hartford, CT

#12 Aug 4, 2008
She is 22 w/ 3 kids under four yrs old. She has since shipped them to a relative's house because she now knows she can't handle that type of responsibility. Most people ponder that before they get knocked up 3x. Luckily one bystander had the guts to get involved otherwise we'd be talking about another infant death. NBC30 did a horrible job reporting on this one. Yes kids can get themselves into trouble in a heartbeat but a 22 yr old being inattentive while 3 young kids are home and she never thought to be concerned about the windows. Come on! Think!

Since: Jun 08

Middletown CT

#13 Aug 4, 2008
Joe from Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>Absolutely ludicrous??? It is absolutely possible! Especially at that age! Children still take naps and go to bed earlier than the parents, right? There is plenty of time to take care of everything if you allocate your time properly! Sorry, but as a parent of two children under the age of 4, I totally disagree with your position!
No, it's not, and you're either extremely overbearing, or lying through your teeth. A child can climb on the couch and fall off and get hurt in the time it takes a parent to walk to the kitchen to get a glass of water-and it isn't feasible to drag them everywhere of every minute of every day. Do you really think I'm going to drag my 2 year old to the bathroom with me? No.
And secondly, no, there is NOT enough time in a day to sit and do absolutely nothing but stare at your child and accomplish everything while they're sleeping. My daughter takes naps, but they are less than 2 hours. She goes to bed at 8 every night. My husband and I go to bed at 11. Am I REALLY supposed to be able to clean the house, cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner, bathe, do laundry, and anything else that needs to get done in 5 hours a day? I don't think so.
boysplusone

Willimantic, CT

#14 Aug 5, 2008
New Cromwell resident wrote:
She is 22 w/ 3 kids under four yrs old. She has since shipped them to a relative's house because she now knows she can't handle that type of responsibility. Most people ponder that before they get knocked up 3x. Luckily one bystander had the guts to get involved otherwise we'd be talking about another infant death. NBC30 did a horrible job reporting on this one. Yes kids can get themselves into trouble in a heartbeat but a 22 yr old being inattentive while 3 young kids are home and she never thought to be concerned about the windows. Come on! Think!
IF what you say is true, then she gets a kudos. Forget the fact that she already has them, she is obviously trying to do the right thing by getting help and perhaps she heard the lesson.
EinCT

Harwinton, CT

#15 Aug 5, 2008
Joe from Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>I totally disagree...As a parent, you have to provide a safe environment for a child which INCLUDES child-proofing your home, including the windows! You can do several things to child-proof a window!
As far as not being able to keep an eye on your child all of the time, It is absolutely possible! You just have to work at it. That is the problem, people don't want to put the effort forward!
I agree with almost everything. While it is not humanly possible to keep an eye on your child 100% of the time, there are things you can do to prevent issues - such as stated, child proofing. Why werent the windows locked? If the child can unlock things, then you get a protective cover that they cant get into. You lock doors and cabinets. Etc etc. A safe environment this woman did not provide.
EinCT

Harwinton, CT

#16 Aug 5, 2008
Joe from Hartford wrote:
<quoted text>Absolutely ludicrous??? It is absolutely possible! Especially at that age! Children still take naps and go to bed earlier than the parents, right? There is plenty of time to take care of everything if you allocate your time properly! Sorry, but as a parent of two children under the age of 4, I totally disagree with your position!
I cant believe it Joe, we actually disagree.

I have taken care of children for more than 25yrs. It is not possible. When everyone in the house is asleep, a child can still get up on their own and get into things. This is where childproofing comes into play. As others have stated, turning your head for a second - to another child, some spontaneous event in the background, etc. It is humanly impossible to keep an eye on a child 100% of the time.

“ONE OF THE JOES”

Since: Jul 08

Hartford CT

#17 Aug 5, 2008
How far can you childproof a house. There has to be more then just locking everything up. We need to also teach our children what they can and can not touch. I guess I was lucky with my children because I didn't have to lock down to much because they knew what wasn't to be touched.
EinCT

New Haven, CT

#18 Aug 5, 2008
Not all children are the same. Some are "thick" headed than others. You can teach them, reprimand them but not all will behave. With these children, and you should know your children enough to know what type of child you have, you must take extra precausions and go the extra step in childproofing and locking down the house.

I remember one kid I used to watch would sleep walk and open things, sometimes doors and windows, and go outside, down in the basement, where ever. For her, they installed special locks that she couldn't open, locks she couldnt reach even if on a chair, and others they had special covers.

Again, each child is different, each security measures will be different.
michelle juelfs

Festus, MO

#19 Aug 6, 2008
crystal had my brother come there then she had all these guys almost kill him, then he runs they wouldnt let him have his son, he come home now our family is coming there to get full custdy of josh the legal way , she is lazy and doesnt care about none of her kids , how do i know i have known her , all her life her mother she never met was my best friend !!! dcfs has my nephew and we r coming for him the 13 day of court with our lawyers !!!!he has always lived in illinois with our decent family we all had heart attacks when mark went up there , so all she could do is use my brother for his money !!!her husband dies and months later my brother is there supporting her !!! this is crazy!!!
michelle juelfs

Festus, MO

#20 Aug 6, 2008
josh belongs back here in illinois where the life he has only known !! crystal has never had josh for 2 yrs this girl has never called on b-days or anything !!! she doesnt need any kids !!!

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