Parents Charged In Drowning

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The parents of a four year old that drowned in a Wood River retention pond, back on July 23rd, have now been charged.
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Edwardsville Woman

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How old were the other 3 children? Wow how awful is this story. First your child dies, well drowned and then you get arrested.
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I thought there was a grandparent in charge. Why would the parents be charged instead of the grandparent?

This is extremely sad. I cant imagine how they can deal with the grief and then to be arrested.
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When I first heard about this baby drowning I thought the parents should have been charged. I'm sorry for their loss but they should have NEVER let a group of children, I think the oldest was 9 maybe, play around a pond alone. ESPECIALLY a 4 year old. That baby fell in and the other kids had to run back to the house and get the parents so they were clearly not paying attention. May this baby rest in peace now.
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This is so sad , and I am not judging anybody , but you have to watch little one like that 24/7 . I feel so bad for this family , God Bless Them All.
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You hear of these cases often, but rarely anyone is ever charged. It was an ACCIDENT otherwise it would be called Murder. I just don't understand!
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They will more than likely be charged with negligence, but keep in mind the state has to prove it! The burden of proof is on the state through witnesses and other evidence.
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I have to say that I am with the law enforcement on this one. 4 yr old children should not be outside without ADULT supervision. Older children's minds might wander and they might get involved with something and not watch the younger child. I really don't wish to be judgemental at this point, but the parents should be charged. Maybe if we hold parents responsible for being stupid idiots, then maybe parents will STOP being stupid idiots.
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If they are going to charge these parents for their child drowning for not being supervised then they also need to charge the mother who sent her 7 yr old to the laundry mat with a sibling and the 7 yr old was in the washing machine for almost 12 minutes from climbing inside the machine after they put the money in because they thought it was broken since it didn't start right away. But I agree it was an accident, but look how many accidents that could of been prevented if parents would stop and think "is this something my child should be doing without RESPONSIBLE ADULT supervision?"
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Well the NWO has arrived & the MONEY - MONEY - MONEY has also arived! Remember folks someday you might WAKE UP to what we all VOTED & ASK FOR CONTROL - CONTROL - CONTROL. You voted them in and ask for HELP - HELP - HELP & now you will PAY THE PRICE - PRICE - PRICE!!!!!
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I live near where this incident happened... As soon as I heard about it, I knew it was a lack of parental/adult supervision that occurred. The children (the oldest of which was 10) were a good mile from their home and the only way to where the kids were, was to cross a busy street and go through a large drainage "pipe" for lack of a better term that runs under the busy street. I am glad that the persons responsible (whether it be his parents or whomever was in charge of him) are being charged. As for the parents, the father especially is well known in the area and is heavily involved with drugs.
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Aug 3, 2010
 
well this is truly sad to lose a loved one let alone a child but look at the story in la 6teens drowned so whos at fault there? they were teens that didnt know how to swim hanging out by the lake hmmm? were they swiming or drinking? just goes to show that no matter the age water sometimes is not youre friend oh yeah then the other story of the what like 40 something make that drowned in mo last month
Way To Go

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Aug 4, 2010
 
This is so sad. God Bless the family.
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This is crazy ! Did they hold him under water and cause his death ? If not -- this is absolutely CRAZY !!!
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just me wrote:
This is crazy ! Did they hold him under water and cause his death ? If not -- this is absolutely CRAZY !!!
Are YOU crazy? This child was 4 YEARS OLD!!!! He should not be outside unless an adult is supervising him. I certainly hope you don't have children because it is obvious you think it is okay to let your children run around unsupervised.

THEY CAUSED HIS DEATH BY NOT KEEPING AN EYE ON HIM!!!!!!!!
kate

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whoever was directly and indirectly needs to be charged.
Edwardsville Woman

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Aug 4, 2010
 
I agree that if a 4 year old is outside, him/her should be carefully watched by an adult. Unless you have a fenced yard and said child can not get out. Those poor children that was with the 4 year old. This will stick with them forever! They may need some after care on this!!
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just me wrote:
This is crazy ! Did they hold him under water and cause his death ? If not -- this is absolutely CRAZY !!!
u r crazy
WoodRiverGirl

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I was born & raised in Wood River and I know exactly where this occurred. This is 100% a result of parental neglect. These children are known for being far from their homes all the time. It's a seedy apartment complex where they all live, and the parents are completely irresponsible. Leaving a 10 year old in charge of 3 other younger children is ridiculous.

Anyone who feels any sympathy for these parents is directing their sympathy to the wrong people. Feel bad for the other children who witnessed the youngest one die. Feel bad for BURT (Bubblemasters Underwater Recovery Team) who had to be activated to go and dive to recover a child's body. Feel bad for the emergency responders who knew they were fighting a losing battle but did it because THEY CARE ABOUT CHILDREN.

Don't feel sorry for the parents. They do not deserve it.
WoodRiverGirl

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Also, what this story doesn't tell you is that these children had to go a mile from their home, go around a fenced area near the spillway, and then crawl through a very long concrete culvert to get to the spot where Ryan died. Obviously they'd done it before. Because THEIR PARENTS ARE NEGLECTFUL.
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Remember the doctor couple who left their baby daughter in the hot car on the parking lot of washington university, said it was mis-communication on their part, good lord, he was on camera recovering his tennis racket out of the back seat, Ummm forgot his baby in the car seat, they never got arrested or child endangerment!!! Why are the laws different for the others? Is it because the parents dont have money? Should be the same punishment for EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!

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