Tree falls, kills young boy

Full story: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

Barry County dispatchers say the accident happened yesterday at around 1 p.m. near Mathison Road and Center Road in Hastings.

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Mar 29, 2009
 
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I am so disappointed in you channel 8 news. It is one thing to show a picture of this poor child but to show the tree that fall on him is in extremely in poor taste. I pray to God that no one in his family has seen this picture. What happened is a tradgey that has changed this family forever. I am just disgusted by channel 8 news. Whatever happened to reporting and showing news that was important and needed to know by the community?
I agree! I've been disgusted with News 8 for months now with their "You heard it hear first" bologna. Some of "breaking news" reports would have been better left unreported...it would of saved a lot of unwanted heart ache for the people and families involved. News 8, it's called Respect, Couth and Sympathy!!
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Did you read the article? The father was also burning brush. Who was watching the fire to make sure it didn't get out of control? There was stupidity all the way around. You should never leave burning brush unattended.
I hope you never have a tragedy in your life, MR. walk on water. I don't even know why I keep responding to someone whose so stupid to keep on missing the point. Do you even have a heart? And yes I did read the article, but in love, not in judgement. Does anyone even like you, you are kind of creepy.
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Only someone who lacks common sense themselves would defend another with no common sense. Birds of a feather flock together; what kind of bird are you bjm, a loon?
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Mar 29, 2009
 
Nicole wrote:
I am so disappointed in you channel 8 news. It is one thing to show a picture of this poor child but to show the tree that fall on him is in extremely in poor taste. I pray to God that no one in his family has seen this picture. What happened is a tradgey that has changed this family forever. I am just disgusted by channel 8 news. Whatever happened to reporting and showing news that was important and needed to know by the community?
Right on Nicole!! Channel 8 will do anything to get a story and jack up their ratings! Its a travisty and unprofessional at the very least, but then look at who we are disgussing.....
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#89
Mar 29, 2009
 
I'm so sorry, this is so tragic. My prayers are with this family. Support this family with prayers, everyone. Accidents can happen at any time.

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Mar 29, 2009
 
My heart goes out to this family. May God be your strength and comfort through this terrible time. I am sure your son will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
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I've read the comments on this site. As I sit here in the father's house who lost his son (because I can't sleep), I'm amazed at both the lack of sensitivy and the love and warmth shown. As a father of two, myself, who loves his children and spends time with them, I would do anything for my children. This MAN loves his son and is in immeanse pain. I'm also amazed at the lack of tact and professionalism show by Channel 8 in calling the family and interviewing anyone who would talk for a "breaking news story", as well as, showing pictures of the accident site. It's so nice (sarcasm here)that they are trying to make a profit and expolit this family's immeanse pain. We have seen the pictures and heard about the footage from many. To say it's in poor taste is a vast understatement... Right now at the church I attend we are going through the book of Lamentations. As you read the story there is a narriator who is describing the pain and anguish that the exiles are going through from a distance. At some point, the narritor steps back, and instead of being a detatched person of interest, he stops, and enters into their pain as they are feeling.
For a moment, I'd like you with children to think about what it would be like for you to lose your child in this way or any way for that matter. How do you feel at this moment? This boy meant the world to his parents. And he is gone. Never again will he crawl into their arms and say "I love you". Never again will they go to his Christmas play's at School. Never again, will they feel the warmth of his little arms wrapped around their necks. Think about that for a moment. It's easy to sit and judge a person whom you've never known and cast stones from afar. I'm a believer in God. I know that all things work together for the good of those who love him. There is nothing that I can say that will erase this immeanse pain he is feeling at this moment. All I can do is sit with him, and just be here for him. And I will use this time to pray that God will bring forth something wonderful from this. I don't see it right now, but God's thoughts and ways are not my own. I loved Austin and still do. Tears are streaming down may face as I try to make sense of it all. If anything, pray for this family. It means a lot to me personally to see that so many are praying.

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#92
Mar 29, 2009
 
When we have the grandkids, you have to watch them. Some time they still get hurt, no matter what we do as parents or grandparents. I am sure this little boy thought he was doing the right thing, by telling his daddy that the fire was spreading. My heart goes out to the family.
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I've read the comments on this site. As I sit here in the father's house who lost his son (because I can't sleep), I'm amazed at both the lack of sensitivy and the love and warmth shown. As a father of two, myself, who loves his children and spends time with them, I would do anything for my children. This MAN loves his son and is in immeanse pain. I'm also amazed at the lack of tact and professionalism show by Channel 8 in calling the family and interviewing anyone who would talk for a "breaking news story", as well as, showing pictures of the accident site. It's so nice (sarcasm here)that they are trying to make a profit and expolit this family's immeanse pain. We have seen the pictures and heard about the footage from many. To say it's in poor taste is a vast understatement... Right now at the church I attend we are going through the book of Lamentations. As you read the story there is a narriator who is describing the pain and anguish that the exiles are going through from a distance. At some point, the narritor steps back, and instead of being a detatched person of interest, he stops, and enters into their pain as they are feeling.
For a moment, I'd like you with children to think about what it would be like for you to lose your child in this way or any way for that matter. How do you feel at this moment? This boy meant the world to his parents. And he is gone. Never again will he crawl into their arms and say "I love you". Never again will they go to his Christmas play's at School. Never again, will they feel the warmth of his little arms wrapped around their necks. Think about that for a moment. It's easy to sit and judge a person whom you've never known and cast stones from afar. I'm a believer in God. I know that all things work together for the good of those who love him. There is nothing that I can say that will erase this immeanse pain he is feeling at this moment. All I can do is sit with him, and just be here for him. And I will use this time to pray that God will bring forth something wonderful from this. I don't see it right now, but God's thoughts and ways are not my own. I loved Austin and still do. Tears are streaming down may face as I try to make sense of it all. If anything, pray for this family. It means a lot to me personally to see that so many are praying.
AMEN You are blessed with compassion and grief. What happened was in Gods plan as difficult as it is to make sence of right now. You have work ahead to go along side the family in Gods love and strength. I will also pray for you. Bless you!

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No one is the perfect parent but let's use some common sense and if a parent is performing a dangerous activity (such as cutting down a tree) keep your children away with another (hopefully) responsible adult present.
Back up your perfectionist parenting style please, to enlighten us. Would you please list here a daily schedule, events, routines, activities, what type of vehicle you drive, what school your children go to, what extracurricular activities they participate in, how many times a day they brush their teeth (one can die of a cavity you know). Then, maybe some of us who believe in living life and being with their children and participating with each other and being as careful as possible, yet Participating and Teaching children - will learn from how perfect and safe your family must be.

Unless one is locked up in a 8 x 8 bubble packaged room - life IS dangerous sometimes.

Large and long and deep prayers for this family. Hoping you have support.

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friend at thier side wrote:
I've read the comments on this site. As I sit here in the father's house who lost his son (because I can't sleep), I'm amazed at both the lack of sensitivy and the love and warmth shown. As a father of two, myself, who loves his children and spends time with them, I would do anything for my children. This MAN loves his son and is in immeanse pain. I'm also amazed at the lack of tact and professionalism show by Channel 8 in calling the family and interviewing anyone who would talk for a "breaking news story", as well as, showing pictures of the accident site. It's so nice (sarcasm here)that they are trying to make a profit and expolit this family's immeanse pain. We have seen the pictures and heard about the footage from many. To say it's in poor taste is a vast understatement... Right now at the church I attend we are going through the book of Lamentations. As you read the story there is a narriator who is describing the pain and anguish that the exiles are going through from a distance. At some point, the narritor steps back, and instead of being a detatched person of interest, he stops, and enters into their pain as they are feeling.
For a moment, I'd like you with children to think about what it would be like for you to lose your child in this way or any way for that matter. How do you feel at this moment? This boy meant the world to his parents. And he is gone. Never again will he crawl into their arms and say "I love you". Never again will they go to his Christmas play's at School. Never again, will they feel the warmth of his little arms wrapped around their necks. Think about that for a moment. It's easy to sit and judge a person whom you've never known and cast stones from afar. I'm a believer in God. I know that all things work together for the good of those who love him. There is nothing that I can say that will erase this immeanse pain he is feeling at this moment. All I can do is sit with him, and just be here for him. And I will use this time to pray that God will bring forth something wonderful from this. I don't see it right now, but God's thoughts and ways are not my own. I loved Austin and still do. Tears are streaming down may face as I try to make sense of it all. If anything, pray for this family. It means a lot to me personally to see that so many are praying.
You could not have put that any better! Well done! God bless all of you and I will keep you in my prayers too.
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#96
Mar 29, 2009
 
Oh my gosh! This is so terribly sad! My thoughts and prayers are with this family and the father especially. What a horrible accident! I'm am so sorry for the parents! May God be with you through this terrible time!
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#97
Mar 29, 2009
 
this is a sad situation for that father i feel so sad for him. why does the news people always make it sound that there is someone always at fault there is no such thing as accidents anymore that is what is wrong with todays insurance costs and whatever else goes with that they always have to blame someone never just an accident anymore

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friend at thier side wrote:
I've read the comments on this site. As I sit here in the father's house who lost his son (because I can't sleep), I'm amazed at both the lack of sensitivy and the love and warmth shown. As a father of two, myself, who loves his children and spends time with them, I would do anything for my children. This MAN loves his son and is in immeanse pain. I'm also amazed at the lack of tact and professionalism show by Channel 8 in calling the family and interviewing anyone who would talk for a "breaking news story", as well as, showing pictures of the accident site. It's so nice (sarcasm here)that they are trying to make a profit and expolit this family's immeanse pain. We have seen the pictures and heard about the footage from many. To say it's in poor taste is a vast understatement... Right now at the church I attend we are going through the book of Lamentations. As you read the story there is a narriator who is describing the pain and anguish that the exiles are going through from a distance. At some point, the narritor steps back, and instead of being a detatched person of interest, he stops, and enters into their pain as they are feeling.
For a moment, I'd like you with children to think about what it would be like for you to lose your child in this way or any way for that matter. How do you feel at this moment? This boy meant the world to his parents. And he is gone. Never again will he crawl into their arms and say "I love you". Never again will they go to his Christmas play's at School. Never again, will they feel the warmth of his little arms wrapped around their necks. Think about that for a moment. It's easy to sit and judge a person whom you've never known and cast stones from afar. I'm a believer in God. I know that all things work together for the good of those who love him. There is nothing that I can say that will erase this immeanse pain he is feeling at this moment. All I can do is sit with him, and just be here for him. And I will use this time to pray that God will bring forth something wonderful from this. I don't see it right now, but God's thoughts and ways are not my own. I loved Austin and still do. Tears are streaming down may face as I try to make sense of it all. If anything, pray for this family. It means a lot to me personally to see that so many are praying.
My heart goes out to you & Austin's family. I lost a son in a tragic car accident. I still miss him after 15 yrs. His beautiful brown eyes, his red hair, his big hugs, our great conversations, & the love in his voice when he said I love you mom will be in my heart as long as I live. We never expect our children to die before we do. You are all in my prayers. May God's peace be with you & his family. God Bless!!
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How did most of us who grew up on farms live past the age of 8?

Sounds to me like the child was doing what he was told until he felt he had a valid reason to go against that. Hey a 6 year old who has the ability to know when its ok to go against an order? He was able to process the fact that dad should know about the fire? This child was able to THINK and make a GOOD decision for himself?? Oh what bad bad parent would want their child to have a thought process??

That sure sounds like bad parenting to me.

Sounds to me that this child at the age of 6 had more respect for his father then a lot of teenagers, and a better thought process then a lot of adults I know. He knew to follow rules but he also knew when a danger was present to tell an adult.

Someone posted that if this was going on with THEIR child around the kid would HAVE to be by dad. So they would keep the kid inside or have mom holding his hand. Wrong answer. Children should know when they are told to stay put they stay put. This child KNEW that. This child also KNEW that dad needed to know about the fire. The fact he went against being told to stay put in order to tell dad about the fire tells me this child was a well behaved child who did what he was told out of respect and love, and knew when it was right to go against what he was told.

Was it a preventable accident? Yes, all accidents are preventable. The child could have been at home planted in front of the TV, computer, or some video game safe and sound.
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I have read the comments on this site and I am ashamed and horrified that as adults, some of you lack a heart, morals, or character. How dare you people judge anyone. It is not your place to do so. If you cannot show compassion and empathy during a tragedy like this, kindly keep your mouths shut. I do think that your parents have failed in their duties of properly raising you to become caring adults.

To the family. I apologize for the lack of class some of these adults have shown. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.
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I have read the comments on this site and I am ashamed and horrified that as adults, some of you lack a heart, morals, or character. How dare you people judge anyone. It is not your place to do so. If you cannot show compassion and empathy during a tragedy like this, kindly keep your mouths shut. I do think that your parents have failed in their duties of properly raising you to become caring adults.
To the family. I apologize for the lack of class some of these adults have shown. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
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Prayers to the family, this just breaks my heart this morning.
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I can not even imagine the pain of losing a child. My heart goes out to this father and the family.

As a child our family burned wood as our primary source of heat. Every weekend over the summer we were in the woods cutting and loading wood. I complained every time about all the work, but looking back now, I have great memories of working side by side with my parents for the welfare of our family. I also learned a lot in the woods about hard work, obeying, and using common sense.

Iím very disheartened by the negative comments. This young child was right where he should have been, by his fatherís side.
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I have been friends with Austin's Mom since she moved to Michigan, and my son has played with Austin on several occasions. Though I don't really know Devan, I can say that as a father, you try to involve your son in your activities whenever possible. Austin, without a doubt, wanted to be with his dad, even if just to watch daddy. It's how little boys grow up to be men - by watching the best role model available to them - daddy. As anyone can attain from the story, Devan accommodated just that, but in as safe a manner as practical and REASONABLE. I went to the woods with my dad and uncles when they gathered firewood from the age of 3 or so - and it wasn't negligence or bad parenting then, either - it was parenting.

You self-righteous folks should stay off the keyboard, and keep to yourselves (since you are oh-so-perfect, you undoubtedly know the golden rule). Countless children die in car accidents within a vehicle their parent was driving, and driving IS preventable... Get real.

I had to sit down last night with my 5-year-old son, whom I have, and still WILL include in my activities whenever possible, to explain to him that his friend had to make a trip up to heaven. It broke my heart to have to do that - I never want to know what Kristen and Devan are going through.

Love, prayers and support - from our family to yours, the Smith Family.

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