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Officials investigate Cumberland Co. fatal shooting

There are 72 comments on the WHAS11 story from Apr 30, 2013, titled Officials investigate Cumberland Co. fatal shooting. In it, WHAS11 reports that:

Burkesville, Ky. Detectives from Post 15 are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday at 1:03 p.m. CST at a residence on Lawson's Bottom Road in Cumberland County.

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Ruby Whitaker

Cookeville, TN

#44 May 1, 2013
It's so sad that people would put this crap on here.youall have nothing to do with your life except get on here and say bad things about the parents. I feel sorry for you it was traded and accident . People need to keep out for they have lost enough you need to be praying for them for what they are going thur, leave them alone I will put my name on here I don't have to make up a name behind a compthis is ruby Whitaker praying for all youall Jesus is our judge.1
One Question

Burkesville, KY

#45 May 2, 2013
Most people seem to be justifying this killing by saying it is normal for kids to have weapons in this area of the country. Well, if you're OK with that, then you're going to have to be OK with kids killing people every once in a while. There were three people killed by kids under the age of 5 in April in the USA. Is that acceptable to you? Keep giving kids guns and the killing will continue!
Deborah Sue

United States

#54 May 2, 2013
So.....it's normal in Kentucky to give a 5 year old child who can't even read yet a device that can kill another human being?? This is the norm in Kentucky???
Deborah Sue

United States

#55 May 2, 2013
And as far as someone above said about posting blame and pointing fingers at the parents?? Well......who is to blame then???
clueless

Bowling Green, KY

#57 May 2, 2013
what has the world become wrote:
what kind of a responsible parent lets there child play with a 22 rifle?? that rifle should have been put up out of that child's reach those parent's neglected to keep their children safe and now a little boy has to live with the fact that he took his little sister's life because his parents failed to keep them both out of harms way. I don't understand people these day's children are precious gifts from god and them being innocent and defenseless against the world it is our jobs as parents to protect the lives we bring into the world they did not ask to be born as adults we make that choice for them,, Now a gift of god is no longer with us today because her protector's failed to be responsible enough to keep things that bring harm out of reach I am praying for that little boy and I am very sorry that little girl lost her life before she really got to live R.I.P Beautiful angel
it was an accident !!!!!
Believer

Glasgow, KY

#58 May 2, 2013
Stupid accident! Both of those kids were put in danger when that gun was allowed to be out within their reach. Sorry for the heart ache the parents are dealing with now but they put the2 and 5 year old in danger. Should be treated the same as any neglect investigation. The hospital in Burkesvilke should have contacted Social Services when the 2 year old was brought in and removed the 5 year old from the home pending investigation. Child endangerment!
Mark B Vibbet

Tompkinsville, KY

#59 May 2, 2013
Yall i can not belive that people is still bashing this family when that baby girl is no longer with her mom and dad. its fine that you all have your opinions. but let them take care of this in peace and pray for the lil boy. i have heard some pretty mean stuff on here. and i sit here as im typein and getin lil mad and thinkin of what i could say back about some of yalls opinions.but i no that we dont need this trash talking. it wont change what happen. we are from a small town were every one nos every one. lets help these people get though this and pray for the lil boy. im askin the ones that are upset and disagree about a small kid havein a gun to plz be respect full of the sparks familys loss plz
need to know

Burkesville, KY

#60 May 2, 2013
clueless wrote:
<quoted text>it was an accident !!!!!
YES IT wm
Again

Elizabethtown, KY

#61 May 2, 2013
Tim wrote:
I understand this is a tight knit community, no I'm not originally from here so some things around here I don't understand. But this is my family y'all are talking about on here and I'm going to ask nicely for y'all to stop. This is none of y'all business and I think I speak for everyone when I say if you have nothing nice to say or unless you wish to offer your condolences than keep your mouths shut and your fingers off your keyboards. What you say in your own homes is your own business, but when you start bashing my family on a public site than it becomes mine. Enuf said!!
I couldn't agree more. God Bless your family, Tim and my deepest condolences to all of you. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Again

Elizabethtown, KY

#62 May 2, 2013
JRR wrote:
<quoted text>
I would define "left out" as "being in a place and condition whereby a 5 year old child can access and use it", so I disagree, we do know that it was "left out".
Oh, so you were there then?
Corbin Burton

Sellersburg, IN

#63 May 3, 2013
I live in St matthews in louisville, from Columbia Ky. I don't feel sorry for Tim and family or Stephanie Sparks or her man. I don't believe they are married. I know her. she use to run around with Tony Richardson in Burkesville.She is a total Slut, she had STDS, I assume the death of her 2 yr old was not a mistake but a payback for giving herpes to all the Burkesville Ky guys she slept with, what a skanky whore, her 2 yr old is dead because of absolute Neglect as a Mother, don't call her a mother she is not a mother but a total whoring skanky idiot. Your son will need counsceling for life. I knew a guy in prison right now at 8 yrs old he killed his 4 yr old brother he is now 33 yrs old and has tendancies to kill again, your son kristian or christian sparks will kill again later on.
Corbin Burton

Sellersburg, IN

#64 May 3, 2013
just me wrote:
<quoted text>they told on the news it was a real gun that was given to him as a present. They also told that it sit in the corner. They said they didn't know it had a shell in it.Thats all i got to say. Can't think of no words to describe anymore of this tragic seneless act. I mean why? It could have been preventable. Hes 5 and they said he received this rifle last year so he was 4. Thats real smart
what dumbass parents would give a 6 yr old a loaded gun as a present?????????? stephanie sparks ( or stephanie robinson sparks) a skanky whore in Burkesville that has given every man herpes and std's ask her husband or boyfriend or ask Tim and family. they know her history. this 2 yr old is dead because of Neglect on the parents part. I have a three yr old son chase. Iam from rural kentucky, that is a lie down in those parts of kentucky that is not the norm"""" for a child to have a rifle. maybe back in the 1920s and 1930s and 1940s get real people, this child was given a gun by his parents to kill innocent animals and his baby sister 2 yrs old. where is the Justice for this little 2 yr old. I think that women on T.v. needs to get a hold of this story ( instead of Justice for Caylee) they need it to read justice for Caroline Sparks who was shot on purpose by her 5 yr old brother christian sparks or kristian sparks ( I have seen it spelled both ways). the Parents are to blame 100 and 50 percent in this case, and so they also need to put kristian or christian sparks in Juvenile detention, this child is a murderer. in the first degree and so is the parents for allowing him the right to have a gun that uses real bullets. where oh where is the Justice for Caroline marjorie Sparks,,,,,, Caroline Sparks age 2 yrs old dead because of her neglectful parents and her brother kristian sparks ( or Christian Sparks who killed her with a 22 rifle. this is not because its rural pedunk kentucky. I read where it said well in those parts of kentucky guns are given to kids at a ear;y age to hunt with!!!!!!!!!! iAM FROM RURAL KENTUCKY COLUMBIA KY. I HAD MY FIRST GUN AT 24 YRS OLD. IAM NOW 42 YRS OLD. WE WERE NOT ALLOWED IN MY HOME TO HAVE GUNS TILL ADULT AGE.( IAM FURIOUS!!!!!!!!!! WITH THE SYSTEM FOR ALLOWING THESE PARENTS TO HAVE FREEDOM WHEN THEIR 2 YR OLD IS LAYING IN A GRAVE IN A BURKESVILLE CEMETERY FOR INJUSTICE THEY HAVE COMMITTED AND THEIR 5 YR OLD SHOT HER. WHY OH WHY?????? DID THEY ALLOW HIM AT 4-5 YRS OLD TO HAVE A GUN. THERE WAS NO PERMIT FOR HIM TO HAVE A RIFLE OR GUN. STEPHANIE ROBINSON SPARKS NEEDS TO BE CHARGED AND HER MAN AND TIM AND ALL OF THEM FOR THE ABUSE OF THEIR CHILDREN AND MURDER OF 2 YR OLD CAROLINE SPARKS. BUT IT ON (********* NANCY GRACE ON T.V.)******** JUSTICE FOR CAROLINE MARJORIE SPARKS AGE 2 YRS OLD .
Corbin Burton

Sellersburg, IN

#65 May 3, 2013
Mountain Mama wrote:
I have really been saddened by the event that took place yesterday. I am hurt because I know the family and I have seen the children in town where I work. I feel for the family because everyone is blaming the parents and saying how could they do this? Well you know , they did not do this. We live in a area where children as young a 4 do have real guns. They hunt , fish , ride motorcycles and do other dangerous things that could kill them. The parents of this child are very good people and so are the other family members. I am sure if we all looked in our homes there are things that could kill a child just as easy. Are all your cleaning supplies out of reach? Are your steak knives locked up? Are all electrical outlets covered? Is your smoke detector batteries replaced? Do you talk on your cell phone or text while your kids are in the car with you , or even when they are not?
My point is this was a accident period. This is our God's will. Why? we don't know...but don't blame and put more hurt on this family than they are already experiencing. They would not have let this happen intentionally for anything. So lets quit blaming and lets start helping. God is our judge. Sparks and Willis family , just know that there are people here in Burkesville that are not pointing fingers at you and do love you and wish that this would all just be a bad dream. May God grant you comfort that only he can in this case. Stay strong and don't blame anyone. Band together as you always do and focus on Christian. He is to young to really understand now, but someday he will and what he will need most is a family that will stand behind him and love him unconditionally.
YOU ARE SO CLUELESS WOMAN CHRISTIAN IS A MURDERER AT 5 YRS OLD AND YOU ARE SLAPPING HIM ON THE WRIST. GIVE HIM CANDY AND TOYS AND SAY GOOD BOY YOU MURDERED YOUR SISTER AND WE WILL BUY YOU ANOTHER GUN SO YOU CAN KILL AGAIN..... SO WRONG . CAROLINE SPARKS IS DEAD. WHO IS TO BLAME?????? THE PARENTS AND CHRISTIAN SPARKS AND THE PERSON WHO GAVE HIM THE GUN AT 4 YRS OLD. IAM FROM COLUMBIA KY AND NO!!!!!!!!!! people in burkesville dont give kids guns... If christian sparks was smart enough to use a gun and accidently""" "" shoot his baby sister. he didnt know how to use a gun properly, where was his concealed weapons license or the parents concealed weapons license..???????? where., blame the parents for neglect the dad should have checked the chamber of the gun for bullets and then they should have kept this gun out of christian's reach. all I can say they are paying for their Neglect of their children today.... they are the ones who have to live withe the guilt for the rest of their lives and christian sparks will be messed up mentally for life and will go to prison eventually,. its said and all this could have been prevented.
Lisa

Sellersburg, IN

#66 May 3, 2013
Again wrote:
<quoted text>
I couldn't agree more. God Bless your family, Tim and my deepest condolences to all of you. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
your family are murderers,rapist and stephanie sparks has STDS she slept with my brother in law in Burkesville Ky and he said she gave it to him. you are a idiot Tim. I know you too. you are a Idiot........
Bambi

Elizabethtown, KY

#67 May 3, 2013
Corbin Burton wrote:
<quoted text> YOU ARE SO CLUELESS WOMAN CHRISTIAN IS A MURDERER AT 5 YRS OLD AND YOU ARE SLAPPING HIM ON THE WRIST. GIVE HIM CANDY AND TOYS AND SAY GOOD BOY YOU MURDERED YOUR SISTER AND WE WILL BUY YOU ANOTHER GUN SO YOU CAN KILL AGAIN..... SO WRONG . CAROLINE SPARKS IS DEAD. WHO IS TO BLAME?????? THE PARENTS AND CHRISTIAN SPARKS AND THE PERSON WHO GAVE HIM THE GUN AT 4 YRS OLD. IAM FROM COLUMBIA KY AND NO!!!!!!!!!! people in burkesville dont give kids guns... If christian sparks was smart enough to use a gun and accidently""" "" shoot his baby sister. he didnt know how to use a gun properly, where was his concealed weapons license or the parents concealed weapons license..???????? where., blame the parents for neglect the dad should have checked the chamber of the gun for bullets and then they should have kept this gun out of christian's reach. all I can say they are paying for their Neglect of their children today.... they are the ones who have to live withe the guilt for the rest of their lives and christian sparks will be messed up mentally for life and will go to prison eventually,. its said and all this could have been prevented.
Look you sicko, just because you usesd to date the mother and have issues with her, DON'T get on here and take your frustrations out on two innocent children!!!!!!!!!! You are warped in the head big time and you just need to stop it right now!!!!!!!!!! You don't give a rat's behind about those poor innocent babies or you wouldn't be on here saying the extremely crude things that you're saying about their momma!!!!!!!!!!
Im Crazy

Bowling Green, KY

#68 May 3, 2013
just me wrote:
bottom line,why would you give a 5 year old a gun for a present. I mean damn has ever body went crazy.
Many kids learn to shoot guns at an early age in this area. Its a way of life. You learn hunt and fish. My oldest killed a deer when he was 7. And has bagged several since. This was a tragic accident. The fact the boy received a gun for a birthday gift is no disgrace. Simply a tragic accident this happened.
Mark B Vibbet

Tompkinsville, KY

#69 May 4, 2013
Corbin Burton wrote:
<quoted text> YOU ARE SO CLUELESS WOMAN CHRISTIAN IS A MURDERER AT 5 YRS OLD AND YOU ARE SLAPPING HIM ON THE WRIST. GIVE HIM CANDY AND TOYS AND SAY GOOD BOY YOU MURDERED YOUR SISTER AND WE WILL BUY YOU ANOTHER GUN SO YOU CAN KILL AGAIN..... SO WRONG . CAROLINE SPARKS IS DEAD. WHO IS TO BLAME?????? THE PARENTS AND CHRISTIAN SPARKS AND THE PERSON WHO GAVE HIM THE GUN AT 4 YRS OLD. IAM FROM COLUMBIA KY AND NO!!!!!!!!!! people in burkesville dont give kids guns... If christian sparks was smart enough to use a gun and accidently""" "" shoot his baby sister. he didnt know how to use a gun properly, where was his concealed weapons license or the parents concealed weapons license..???????? where., blame the parents for neglect the dad should have checked the chamber of the gun for bullets and then they should have kept this gun out of christian's reach. all I can say they are paying for their Neglect of their children today.... they are the ones who have to live withe the guilt for the rest of their lives and christian sparks will be messed up mentally for life and will go to prison eventually,. its said and all this could have been prevented.
Ill tell you one thing your a sad person to talk like that bout a this whole situation. how in the world could you say that? do you not think the parents have went though enough? no amount of you slamin and trash talking will bring that baby back my god stop.
The truth

Elizabethtown, KY

#70 May 5, 2013
this is a very tragic thing, instead of talking about the family we should all pray for the family. All of us are going to be faced with tragedy in our lives and all you people talking bad about the family I want you to stop and think when you have a tragic event in your life how will you want people to respond? By lifting you and your family up in prayers of by getting on the computer and bashing you in your weakest moment. We are all going to face bad things that is a given. In the bible it says DON'T JUDGE AND YOU WON'T BE JUDGED I think a few of you on here need to think about this.
citizen of that community

Columbia, KY

#71 May 5, 2013
what has the world become wrote:
there is nothing to stop. it is a fact a child would still be alive if there would have been some one with some responsibility around. If my statement isn't one you like I am very sorry for you. I do have sympathy and prayer's for the little boy.
AND JUST HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT SHE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE????, ARE YOU GOD....UH NO YOU ARE NOT AND ONLY HE (GOD) KNEW JUT HOW LONG THAT CHILD HAD ON THIS EARTH AND HOW SHE WOULD LEAVE THIS EARTH!!!!! NOW ENOUGH IS ENOUGH THE SPARKS FAMILY HAVE BEEN THOUGH ALOT SO I THINK THAT EVERY ONE OF YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE AND LEAVE THIS FAMILY TO GREIVE AND TRY TO MOVE FORWARD WIH THEIR LIVES AND DEAL WITH THE LOSE. THEY THE PARENTS AND THE SON HAVE A VEY LONG ROAD AHEAD AND YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT HELPING THEM ANY BY TALKING YOUR CRAP ON HERE. HAVE A GOOD DAY AND GOD BLESS
Ferd

Anaheim, CA

#72 May 5, 2013
If you just believe that everything is God's will then you absolve humans of all responsibility. The parents certainly are suffering but where I live it doesn't matter. The Mother and perhaps the Father caused negligent homicide. Should they just be forgiven because they feel bad? What is in the best interest of the young boy? Should he continue to live with his parents? That is the job of child protective services.

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