Dad pulls girl from pond; family waits

Dad pulls girl from pond; family waits

There are 29 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 3, 2009, titled Dad pulls girl from pond; family waits. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A 2-year-old girl was flown to a Columbus hospital yesterday afternoon after her father pulled her from a pond behind a rural home in Union County.

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Suzie T

Minster, OH

#22 Jun 3, 2009
So tragic. Please, don't blame anyone. Kids are so quick. It is impossible to watch every move they make. Now this family will have to deal with their loss for the rest of their lives. I think back over the years of raising 6 children and I know I was very fortunate that nothing serious ever happened to them. I hate to see people place blame. It isn't right.
Lisa

Athens, OH

#23 Jun 3, 2009
God Bless the Sayer Family!!!!!
Mother of 2

Pataskala, OH

#24 Jun 3, 2009
This is very sad to hear. There is a little baby that is no longer with us. I am not one to pass judgements but, I feel that this is a lesson for all parents out there. My daughter is 7 and my son is 2. If my daughter wants to play in the backyard where I can see her through the window at ALL times fine.(keep in mind that this is in a rural area so there is no chance of a pedaphile grabbing her up or anything like that out here) My son is NOT allowed out there period unless I am out there with him. If either of the neighbors had a pool or a pond this would NOT be the case. Neither of them would be allowed outside period without me being out there with them. Once a child is school aged, then they should have a little bit more freedom, their siblings should not gain this freedom with them, they should have to wait until they know all the proper safety measures just like your oldest ones had to. Even responsible children are children so they should not have to be responsible for anyone but themselves. One of the comments states that the red cross regulations for babysitting is 11, this 12 year old should NOT have had the responsiblity of 3 children, especailly outside where they are many more dangers than inside. I know grown people that could not handle the responsibility of 3 kids those ages. Also states something about the mother having cancer. That is sad too BUT has nothing to do with this little girl losing her life. Wake up people, this kind of thing happens all the time. All people want to do is yell accident, In reality this could have totally been prevented if this 2 year old had not gained the freedom of her siblings! I do not think for one minute that these are bad people or that they are horrible parents or whatever. I think one lapse in judgement will now be paid for a whole lifetime. Not just for the parent that made that call but also for 3 little boys who just wanted to play and will probably feel guilty forever which is not their cross to bear. How many more "accidents" are going to happen before EVErY parent realizes that this kind of stuff doesn't just happen to "bad people", It doesn't just happen to "other peoples kids", its not an "accident" its a lapse in judgement. There are plenty of things that could happen to your child that you have no way of preventing, such as cancer and such, so why not do everything in our power as parents to prevent the preventable ones!
been there

Cambridge, OH

#25 Jun 3, 2009
I had a brother tragically die seven years before I was born. Children are quick in their actions and unable to reason danger - just like my parents, these parents and her siblings will hurt for the rest of their lives.
A friend

Bellville, OH

#26 Jun 3, 2009
Bottom line---why is it necessary to even report such a tragedy? This family is devastated. Are they not in enough pain without being judged by strangers? Why does the media invite judgement and publicize pain? Why did I even read this article-- I know the family. They have a strong faith--the love of God and of their family, friends and community will see them through. They will hold their daughter again someday and there will be only love--no guilt.
a family friend

Columbus, OH

#27 Jun 3, 2009
All of these comments are correct, except the one most commented on about Doug being an idiot. He is the most loving, caring, wonderful father I have ever met. He is a family man through and through, and loves them all with all of his being. It goes without saying that this is the most painful and difficult time in his and his family's life. Opinions about what happened, a tragic ACCIDENT, should be kept out of this. Can you imagine how they all feel right now, and should they ever read this they should be receiving words of encouragement and love. Please just pray for the healing of this dear family, and that any guilt and self incrimination just be washed away by the grace of God so that they can somehow be the strong family that enjoys each other and life so much, and know that they will be reunited with their sweet daughter one day! And also pray for the people who are so quick to judge this grieving family that they may NEVER know the pain they are going through. Judge not lest be judged. No one is perfect, and no matter what the circumstance the outcome is the same, they need all the love, support and prayers they can get!
a family friend

Columbus, OH

#28 Jun 3, 2009
ok-i did not read the long post by the perfect mother of two in westerville. while some of your opinions are correct, some are not. there is no way to prevent unforseen tragedies. have you seen their backyard, do you know the whole story? do you think you are beyond something like this happening to you. even though you are not blasting these parents, you are voicing an opinion on here about the situation which you know little about. every parent could be a better parent, but no-one is perfect and accidents do happen, please think about being in their shoes right now and having to deal with all of this judgement based on a short article in a newspaper written to display bare bones facts and nothing more. Please think about this family before posting un warrented opinions.
Andrew

Irving, TX

#29 Jun 4, 2009
This goes out to "mother of two"...you are amazing...so pediphiles somehow cease to exist in rural domains? What, does that make you closer to "Gods Country" than the rest if us?
Anyhow sit down yer sweetness, this man and his family are salt of the earth, wonderful people. Glad you'll never know them, because if you did, you'd figure out quickly how sadly misguided you and the other "Idiots" are.
Angry Parent

Columbus, OH

#30 Jun 8, 2009
Jenni M wrote:
Anyone who leaves a 2 year old out to play with other kids (12 and under) is a complete IDIOT!!!!!
A family loses their youngest child to a tragic ACCIDENT and you have the nerve to jump on a soapbox? That family is suffering enough...they don't need total strangers from a newspaper message board spewing venom. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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