4-year-old Commack girl drowns in fam...

4-year-old Commack girl drowns in family pool -

There are 135 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 5, 2007, titled 4-year-old Commack girl drowns in family pool -. In it, Newsday reports that:

It was not clear last night just how Jessica Alfani got into the fenced-off, inground pool at her family's home on Delaware Avenue.

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James in EI

Englewood, CO

#2 Aug 5, 2007
Seems to be a heap of criminal negligence here.
Not Again

Woodbridge, VA

#3 Aug 5, 2007
Drain the water from all the pools on Long Island. Anybody have a better suggestion?
PoconoWeeze

Sunbury, PA

#6 Aug 5, 2007
Where the hell were the ahole parents doing drugs? All you need to do is watch your kids, but if you're doing drugs that's impossible. Try putting an alarm in the pool. Whoops if you're doing drugs you won't hear it.Lock em up and throw away the key.
Forest Hills

Bangkok, Thailand

#7 Aug 6, 2007
For me, a non-believer, this is a horrible tragedy.

What I can't figure out is why the believers become emotionally upset when their God makes a decision like this. Shouldn't you all be happy your God found another way for 4 year-old Jessica to serve him?

Drowning is one of the most quickest, painless and non-violent ways God can bring to an end the biological entity that houses his spirit here on Earth.

Shouldn't the believers be going to their houses of worship and thanking God for finding another path for lil Jennifer Alfani to follow?

Miss Anna Alfani, please do not beat yourself up over the death of you lil sis...God had other plans for her and there is NOTHING you or any other believer could have done to stop God from carrying out his or her plan.

From the non-believers to Anna Alfani:

Sweetheart, we are so sorry that your God imbued you with the emotions that are tearing your inside to pieces right now.

We all hope you are capable of recovering from this traumatic life-experience and are able to go on and lead a happy and productive life.

Love to you and your family.
StepNFetchIt

Westbury, NY

#10 Aug 6, 2007
Hopefully, Child Protective Services will finally take the parents license to ever conceive again.
D Santi

Medford, NY

#11 Aug 6, 2007
Pray for the two that drowned.
Tinker

Bronx, NY

#12 Aug 6, 2007
Todd Schuster...how dare you write in ALL CAPS!
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AOL

#16 Aug 6, 2007
Another 2 lives lost this weekend to preventable tradgey. The 24 y.o. obviously lacked the common sense to not go swimming while drinking, he paid for a night of fun dearly. The unfortunate 4 y.o. should not be dead, where were the "adults"? This death was preventable. The parents and family are now suffering the worst imaginable pain thet will ever face, this will not bring back their daughter. Maybe now they will be more observant to the children in their care. Every adult should have both eyes open and keep aware when around pools and children. There is no excuse for this tradgey. Having a pool carries enormous responsibility and should never be taken lightly.
God Bless the souls of those lost this weekend.
So Sorry

Manorville, NY

#17 Aug 6, 2007
This is so terrible - I hope you all find peace. I know my kids were interested in pools. I had to watch them like a hawk - for me- that meant no drinking even at a friends house that had a pool - being in the pool the entire time any kid was in there (you would be suprised at the amount of people that assume you are going to watch their kid)-locks up high on all doors so there was no sneaking out of the house - and lessons as soon as possible - it was exhausting but necessary. Parents please be diligent!
ddb530

Westbury, NY

#18 Aug 6, 2007
Ann Tenner wrote:
pool alarms!!! If they save ONE life its worth the added expense...all you cheap, miserable morons who disagree should drink the Kool-Aid!
I don't think that people object to pool alarms, I think what people object to is the government involvment in private decision making. This won't be the last one we hear about this summer, I figure there'll be 2-3 more before labor day.
Johnny Islander

New York, NY

#19 Aug 6, 2007
Ann Tenner wrote:
pool alarms!!! If they save ONE life its worth the added expense...all you cheap, miserable morons who disagree should drink the Kool-Aid!
The only morons here are people that don't supervise their children, and illegals who swim in alge infested pools...

Oh, and you as well. It's not about being cheap dummy. The fact is no amount of money will ever be able to protect people from their own stupidity. Therefore I'm not wasting mine.
Oh No NOt Again

AOL

#20 Aug 6, 2007
ddb530 wrote:
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I don't think that people object to pool alarms, I think what people object to is the government involvment in private decision making. This won't be the last one we hear about this summer, I figure there'll be 2-3 more before labor day.
What is sad is that you are probably right.
Jerome

Stratford, CT

#21 Aug 6, 2007
Ann Tenner wrote:
pool alarms!!! If they save ONE life its worth the added expense...all you cheap, miserable morons who disagree should drink the Kool-Aid!
Good morning Ann, missed you.
TheTruth

Brooklyn, NY

#22 Aug 6, 2007
After this and the previous drowning of a young child in a pool surrounded by two fences, it appears obvious that fences can't be counted on to keep young kids out of pools. The only way to prevent such tragedies is to know where your young children are 100% of the time. Unfortunately, without locking a child up, that can be very difficult to do in today's busied lifestyle environment. But know this: there's a reason child playpens and other fences are sold in stores. It only takes a minute or two (or less) for an unsupervised child to place themselves in an irreversibly tragic position.

No parent should have to outlive their child. My thoughts and prayers to the loved ones.
ali

East Meadow, NY

#23 Aug 6, 2007
I think their should be some type of pool hardcover that is placed when the pool is not in use. Might be expensive but it will prevent any future deaths relating to drowning. Parents can be diligent but for that split second it can happen. It is sad to see so many infants drowning.
SIB from PA

East Stroudsburg, PA

#25 Aug 6, 2007
all I can say is;
"You Can't Fix Stupid"
peri

Bayport, NY

#26 Aug 6, 2007
the pool was so murky? And they swam in it? Gross
Shaft

Selden, NY

#28 Aug 6, 2007
Not Again wrote:
Drain the water from all the pools on Long Island. Anybody have a better suggestion?
i agree. drain the stupid pools. they are a silly status symbol that wastes a ton of water & pollutes the earth will all sorts of sketchy chemicals. drain the pools! We live on Long Island, surrounded by water! At the beach there are lifeguards, at least!
Keep Breeding

Delhi, NY

#29 Aug 6, 2007
The yard was full of people - once again! As a parent, I can't tell you how many times at how many gatherings I end up watching everyones children!!! I work in the same building as a Pre-School program. I can't tell you how many times I watch out the window at groups of young mothers chatting away while their 3 and 4 year olds run around playing - in the parking lot, at the curb, etc. I've even gone outside to keep an eye on toddlers knowing their moms are just around the side of the building.

I do not bring my daughter to school functions anymore - no one watches their children and these same children do not listen when other adults tell them to stop running, sit down, etc. I've been in a gym full of children and adults where the parents were oblivious to what was going on because they were too wrapped up in their own conversations. Of course the parents were only there because the school requires that parents stay with their children for certain after school activities.

For some reason people just don't feel the need to actually watch their children in a crowd. I suppose they expect that the other adults will be watching them.

Well, THIS is what happens when you don't keep your eyes on your children!

Call me overprotective - but my children are alive!
GlenHeadFred

Bronx, NY

#30 Aug 6, 2007
Anna Alfani did what every 17 year old does - forgets the job at hand for air-head thoughts. I'm glad she has to live with her sister's death. The parents should have paid more attention around a pool. When will people learn that their pool is a huge responsibility that should not be left to an air-head who reacts only after the tragedy.

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