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Wandering toddler, siblings placed in grandfathers care

BY MITCH MITCHELL

mmitchell@star-telegram.com

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Ty’tianna Weatherspoon, 2, was found wandering on an Arlington street at night. Arlington Police Department photo

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ARLINGTON — Child Protective Services awarded temporary custody of a 2-year-old girl and her siblings to their grandfather on Friday.

Ty’tianna Weatherspoon, her 10-year-old brother and 7-year-old sister have been in the foster-care system since Oct. 21, when the toddler slipped out of the back door of her east Arlington home and strolled two blocks away without her family’s knowledge.

The toddler was found walking in the middle of Browning Drive about 7:30 p.m., authorities said. The familys oldest child, a 13-year-old girl, already lives with the grandfather in Dallas County.

Child Protective Services will offer the grandfather whatever help he needs to take care of the four children, said Marissa Gonzales, CPS spokeswoman. It could take up to a year for the case to be permanently resolved, Gonzales said.

"We are still planning on cooperating with the parents and getting them the services that will help them be reunited as a family," Gonzales said.

via Wandering toddler, siblings placed in grandfathers care | Top Stories | Star-Telegram.com

via KELOLAND.COM – Toddler Jumps From Car

Police Investigating Toddler’s Death

Tuesday , October 07, 2008    Posted: 12:13 PM

Child Killed

Child ran into street

BROWNSVILLE – Police are investigating the death of a Brownsville toddler.

Authorities say the child’s parents were getting into their car when the boy ran into the street. A car hit the toddler. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

The accident happened Friday night on Southmost Road between Monterrey and Linda streets.

Officers say the driver involved stopped to help. No charges have been filed so far against him or the boy’s parents. Once police complete their investigation, they’ll hand it over to the district attorney’s office.

NEWSCHANNEL 5 learned the toddler would’ve turned two on Friday.

via Police Investigating Toddler’s Death.

Laurie Nowell

October 05, 2008 12:00am

A MELBOURNE policeman has told how he brought his drowned son back from the dead in a dramatic life and death struggle.

Sen-Constable James Schroeter said a sunny day out at Lake Pertobe, in the state’s west, turned into a nightmare after he and his wife, Carmel, found their 20-month-old son, Grady, floating in only 1m of water.

The first-aid trained critical response unit officer coolly worked on his son, clearing his airways and performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

“My wife was taking photographs so she had her head behind the camera and Grady was sitting on the sand having a great time,” he said.

Seconds later, when it was Grady’s turn to ride on a nearby flying fox, he was missing.

“We looked down to the lake and he was face down, floating — that’s how quick it was,” he said.

“It was the scariest moment of my life.”

Sen-Constable Schroeter ran to the lake’s edge and jumped into the water. He waded four metres out to his limp, drifting son and hauled him back to the bank.

“It was a terrible moment. I thought my son was dead and, technically, he was because he wasn’t breathing,” he said.

“His eyes were half open, but glazed over and his hair was matted with debris from the water.”

Sen-Constable Schroeter managed to get Grady breathing again as his wife, also a police officer, shielded their daughter, Cheyenne, 3, from the ordeal.

“The police and ambos arrived very quickly and Grady was in Warrnambool Hospital within 10 minutes — that was probably vital in saving him,” he said.

The family, from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, was visiting friends in Warrnambool three weeks ago when the drama took place.

Grady’s condition worsened after he was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital, where he was in an induced coma for several days.

After emerging from the coma, he suffered severe side effects and was give drugs to control muscle spasms.

He has now recovered.

St John Ambulance Victorian Operations Manager Jonathan Cooper said first-aid training helped people to save lives.

“This case highlights the importance of learning first aid and saving a life at any time and anywhere,” he said.

A basic course could be done in just four hours at a cost of about $60, he said.

via Hero father brings toddler back to life | Herald Sun.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—A 3-year-old boy has been rescued from a 40-foot oceanside cliff near Newport Beach, minutes after another family member fell from an adjacent cliff and was also rescued.

The family members, whose relationship was not immediately clear, were saved Friday by Orange County emergency crews.

The first rescue involved a 20-year-old fisherman who was swept into the ocean by a wave at Corona Del Mar. Deputies arrived several minutes later and found the man floating face down. They pulled him into a boat and used equipment to suction the water from his lungs.

Meanwhile, the 3-year-old was trapped on a nearby cliff 40 feet above the water, where his family members had hoisted him.

Officials say firefighters and lifeguards carried the child down the steep, rocky cliff with the help of a rope and a ladder.

via Toddler rescued from cliff near Newport Beach – San Jose Mercury News.

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CNS) — A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin in Riverside Superior Court on Friday for a Norco woman accused in the drowning death of her 2-year-old child.

Necia Michelle Casiano is charged with felony child endangerment and a sentence-enhancing allegation of corporal injury to a child resulting in death in connection with the drowning of her daughter, Madison.

The toddler was discovered floating face down in her family’s backyard pool at 1251 Rock Springs Ave. in Norco on Nov. 18, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Casiano was apparently taking an afternoon nap when Madison slipped into the pool while trying to retrieve a toy, investigators said.

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The defendant discovered the toddler and tried to revive her, but the child was pronounced dead a half-hour later at a Corona hospital.

Casiano told sheriff’s investigators she fell asleep, thinking her daughter was with her grandmother running errands.

The defendant has a previous felony conviction for drug possession and served two years.

Her family has publicly defended her, saying the mother lost the love of her life and has suffered enough.

Casiano is free in lieu of $15,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is conducted to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to warrant a trial.

via Norco mom accused in drowning death of toddler in Riverside, Calif. – 10/03/08 – Los Angeles-Southern California-LA Breaking News, Weather, Traffic, Sports – abc7.com.

Almost

Could Have

[trans. by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh]

It could have happened.

It had to happen.

It happened earlier. Later.

Nearer. Farther off.

It happened, but not to you.

You were saved because you were the first.

You were saved because you were the last.

Alone. With others.

On the right. On the left.

Because it was raining. Because of the shade.

Because the day was sunny.

You were in luck–there was a forest.

You were in luck–there were no trees.

You were in luck–a rake, a hook, a beam, a brake,

A jamb, a turn, a quarter-inch, an instant…

So you’re here? Still dizzy from

another dodge, close shave, reprieve?

One hole in the net and you slipped through?

I couldn’t be more shocked or speechless.

Listen,

how your heart pounds inside me.

Any Case

[transl Grazyna Drabik and Sharon Olds]

It could have happened.

It had to happen.

It happened earlier. Later.

Closer. Farther away.

It happened, but not to you.

You survived because you were first.

You survived because you were last.

Because alone. Because the others.

Because on the left. Because on the right.

Because it was raining. Because it was sunny.

Because a shadow fell.

Luckily there was a forest.

Luckily there were no trees.

Luckily a rail, a hook, a beam, a brake,

A frame, a turn, an inch, a second.

Luckily a straw was floating on the water.

Thanks to, thus, in spite of, and yet.

What would have happened if a hand, a leg,

One step, a hair away?

So you are here? Straight from that moment still suspended?

The net’s mesh was tight, but you? through the mesh?

I can’t stop wondering at it, can’t be silent enough.

Listen,

How quickly your heart is beating in me.

via outloud: National Poetry Month, Day #12 & #13: Kaia Sand and Wislawa Symborska.

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