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8th Child Death Linked to Recalled IKEA Furniture

A child in California was fatally crushed under a three-drawer IKEA dresser that fell on top of him during his naptime.

About the Fatal IKEA Dresser Accident

According to ABC News, 2-year-old Jozef Dudek sustained fatal injuries in May when a recalled IKEA MALM dresser fell on him. An attorney for the family said no one else was in the room when the accident occurred.

In a written statement, IKEA offered its condolences to the family and said that the chest involved was not properly attached to a wall. Still, advocates like Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids In Danger, say that IKEA simply is not doing enough to reach parents who own these recalled dressers, adding that as few as 3 percent of affected consumers have received a repair kit or refund.

Josef’s death is the eighth such death linked to the IKEA dressers with the earliest death being traced back to 1989. The recall on the current dressers was not issued until June 2016, after the seven other deaths had already occurred. Another 36 injures have been linked to the recalled dressers by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

About the IKEA Dresser Recall

The recall currently affects 29 million dressers and chests in IKEA’s MALM furniture series. The following Ikea dresser and chest models were included in the voluntary recall:

  • MALM 3
    • Sale Dates: 10/2002 to 6/2016
    • Measurements: 31½” x 18⅞” x 30¾”
  • MALM 4
    • Sale Dates: 6/2002 to 6/2016
    • Measurements: 31½” x 18⅞” x 39½”
  • MALM 5
    • Sale Dates: 10/2002 to 4/2006
    • Measurements: 15⅞” x 19” x 49¼“
  • MALM 6
    • Sale Dates: 6/2002 to 6/2016
    • Measurements: 31½” x 18⅞” x 48⅜”

Lawsuit States that a 12-Year-Old Boy was Raped Repeatedly at His Christian School

A 12-year-old student at the Brentwood Academy in Williamson County, Tennessee was allegedly raped multiple times by older students and told by his headmaster that “everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason”.

Details On the Alleged Assaults

It was reported that a parent from Nashville filed a lawsuit on Friday for the repeated rape of her sixth grade child by a group of eighth grade boys during the 2014-2015 school year.

The reports of the assaults go into detail about how four eighth grade boys raped the 12-year-old victim. In one instance, the four older students held down the victim at a party and placed their genitals around and in his mouth.

During another instance, the lawsuit claims that one of the assailants penetrated the victim and bragged about it later with his basketball team.

The four students involved with the assaults were known as bullies at the Brentwood Academy, and had performed other inappropriate acts, such as defecating in a different student’s shoe.

The headmaster of the school, Curtis G. Masters, is a part of a group of several school employees who are named as defendants in the trial. Masters said that nobody at the school had heard of any “allegation of rape” during 2015. He also stated that when any “inappropriate activity” was reported, it was dealt with “immediately and thoroughly”.

More Information on the Lawsuit

When the mother of the boy that was allegedly raped heard about the assaults, she went to Chris Roberts, who works as a counselor from Daystar Counseling, a Christian counseling ministry. When she asked him to report the assaults to the authorities, he stated that that’s not how “Christian institutions handle these things”.

Under Tennessee law, counselors and school officials must report suspected child abuse once they discover that it has been occurring.

Later on, upon hearing about the allegations, the headmaster just thought that this was a case of “boys being boys”, and only some of the eighth graders involved received mild punishments for admitting to some of the acts.

The victim’s attorney said that the lawsuit is seeking $30 million in damages and a jury trial.

 

Orlando Daycare Ordered to Shut Down after Hot Car Death

A daycare center in Orlando, Florida is being closed down due to the fact that a three-year-old child was left in a van by a daycare employee and died.

More Information on the Tragic Death

Reuters reports that Myles Hill was left in a van by a daycare employee with the outside temperature being around 93 degrees Fahrenheit.

If his autopsy shows that being left in the hot van is what surely killed him, then he will be the 32nd child in the United States to die in a hot car incident this year.

The person responsible for the child’s death worked at Little Miracles daycare, and was fired by owner Audrey Thornton.

Thornton personally knew the parents of the Myles Hill for years, and said that she was “devastated” and would try to get her daycare opened up again.

No charges were filed against the driver of the van, and police have said that the investigation in ongoing.

Hot Car Death Statistics

The following facts and statistics were provided by Kidsandcars.org and Noheatstroke.org:

  • Of parents of children who have died of vehicular heatstroke, 54.25% have done so unknowingly.
  • A total of 87% of children who have died of vehicular heatstroke were 3 years of age or younger, and 54% were age one or under.
  • On average, 37 children die each year to due heatstroke from being left in a hot car.
  • Children can die of heatstroke in a car in temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lawsuit Blames School for the Suicide of an 8-Year-Old

An 8-year-old boy hanged himself after dealing with what his parents called a “treacherous school environment”, and now they’re filing a lawsuit against his school for not taking enough action.

About the Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Gabriel Taye of Cincinnati, Ohio died on January 6th after facing brutal bullying, CBS reports. He committed suicide using a neck tie that was tied to his bunk bed.

Just two days before his suicide, he had been beaten up by a group of students outside of a boys’ bathroom and was knocked unconscious. This wasn’t reported to his mother by the school, Carson Elementary, and she only found out about it when she was shown a police detective’s email that described it.

Lawyers told Taye’s parents about the assault and also revealed to them that their son was one of several children that had been bullied at the school.

An attorney for the family says that if school officials had been more honest with Taye’s mother she would have never allowed him to return to his elementary school.

More Details on the Aftermath of the Suicide

Prosecutors for Taye’s death didn’t charge any students related to his death.

Gabriel Taye was buried with an electronic tablet so that he could have something to “play with in heaven”, but his coffin had to be opened up and his tablet was removed in case it held any additional information.

Since Gabriel Taye’s suicide, the principal of his school is being reassigned, the assistant principal has left, and the superintendent has retired.

National Bullying Statistics

The following statistics on bullying were provided by StopBullying.gov:

  • 28% of students in the United States in grades 6-12 have experienced bullying of some sort.
  • 6% of students have said that they have witnessed someone being bullied in their school.
  • A recent study has shown that 49% of students in grades 4-12 have reported being bullied by others at school within the span of a month.
  • Less than a third of students who are being bullied ever report it to adults.

Hot Car Deaths Prompt Introduction of Child Safety Bills

The death of two infants in a hot car incident have made this past July the deadliest in a decade in hot car deaths, and in turn have propelled legislators to create more bills to protect children left in cars.

Information on Hot Car Deaths

It’s been reported that, since 1998, at least 729 children have died of heatstroke in cars. During this year alone, 29 deaths have already occurred in hot car related incidents.

Leaving a child in a car for even a few minutes on a hot day can turn into a life-threatening situation, seeing that children’s bodies overheat three to five times faster than an adult’s body.

Due to the recent increase in hot car deaths, lawmakers are trying to create bills that would require car makers to install alert systems to make sure parents don’t leave children in the car.

One of the bills that has been created is titled Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats (HOT CARS), which was introduced to the Senate this week. This bill would make it a requirement for auto makers to create new alert systems for cars and to also create systems to retrofit older car models.

Most children are left in cars unknowingly, so legislators are pushing this bill in order to save children whose deaths can easily be prevented.

Car Safety and Children Facts

The following facts and statistics were provided by Kidsandcars.org and Noheatstroke.org:

  • Of parents of children who have died of vehicular heatstroke, 54.25% have done so unknowingly.
  • A total of 87% of children who have died of vehicular heatstroke were 3 years of age or younger, and 54% were age one or under.
  • On average, 37 children die each year to due heatstroke from being left in a hot car.
  • Children can die of heatstroke in a car in temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Children Are Still Getting Injured Riding ATVs Despite Warnings

A new study has found that young children are still getting injured and killed in ATV crashes, despite warnings from pediatricians warning parents to not let children under 16 ride all-terrain vehicles.

Details of the ATV Accident Study

Beginning in 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children under the age of 16 be restricted from ATV use. Additionally, riders have been urged to wear helmets, refrain from taking passengers, and to avoid roads.

In the face of these warnings, the mortality rate from ATV crashes involving children under 18 has remained consistent over the past few years.

In their study, researchers examined data on 1,912 patients under age of 18 who were injured while riding an ATV. All patients were treated in trauma centers in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2014.

The analysis included, 28 children who were killed in ATV accidents. This averages to about one death for every 100,000 kids in the population.

While the study did find a slight decrease in the injury rate, from 6.7 kids per 100,000 children over the first five years to 5.8 kids per 100,000 over the second five years, the decline was not large enough to rule out the possibility the drop was simply the product of chance.

ATV Safety Tips

The following information was provided by the ATV Safety Institute:

  • Always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves when riding an ATV.
  • Avoid riding on paved roads except to cross when done in a manner that is safe and permitted by law.
  • Never operate or ride an ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Do not carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV or more than one passenger on a two-person ATV.
  • Only ride on designated trails and at safe speeds.

 

When Can a School Be Held Liable for a Child’s Injuries?

Our children spend nearly a quarter of their waking hours on school property. Therefore, it is not necessarily surprising that roughly 25 percent of all unintentional child injuries occur on or around school grounds.

As parents, we have an innate desire to protect our children from harm and, and we do everything in our power to shield our children from danger – but, who is responsible for your child’s safety when he or she is at school? And if a serious accident occurs, who should be held accountable?

The answers to these questions are not necessarily as simple as they should be.

A Question of Negligence

Generally, schools are expected to take reasonable measure to provide a safe environment for their students.  This includes:

  • Preventing harm caused by other students, teachers, or staff.
  • Ensuring that there are no known structural problems with the school building or ground.
  • Not allowing any person to enter the building without permission.

This does not mean, however, that schools are insurers of a student’s safety. If, for example, a child should fall while running down a flight of stairs, the school would not likely be liable as the incident was caused by the child’s actions.

Instead, whether a school is held accountable for a child’s injury normally comes down to a question of negligence. Did the school or a school official breach their duty of care to a student by creating an unsafe environment or by failing to address a known, unsafe situation or condition?

Common Examples of Negligence by a School

If a child is injured while at school or on school grounds, the school may be held accountable if:

  • School officials were aware of bullying incidents, but did nothing to stop or prevent them.
  • Necessary medication was not given to a student, or medication was not administered properly.
  • Cafeteria personnel failed to properly cook lunch items or served food that was not fit for human consumption.
  • A school was aware of damaged walls, stairs, or playground equipment, but did not make the necessary repairs.
  • A school failed to enact adequate evacuation plans or ensure that fire alarms were working properly.
  • School personnel ignored security policies, or did not notice a stranger entering the school without permission.
  • A child suffered injury could have been prevented had the child been under proper supervision.

Who Is Accountable for My Child’s Injury?

Most often, we see a school as a single entity, a building all under singular supervision. In truth, however, it takes multiple parties to build and run a school.

There are outside contractors responsible for the building and maintenance of the building, contractors responsible for barriers like fences, third parties who provide janitorial services and food.

This means that if you child was injured on playground equipment while at recess, the manufacturer of the equipment may be liable, not the school. If your child slips on a recently mopped floor that was not properly marked by janitor, your claim may need to be filed against an outside contractor instead of the school district.

It is because issues like these that injuries suffered children in school settings are so complex. Such instances should not be taken lightly and should be addressed immediately.

 

 

 

 

Trampoline Injury Leaves 3-Year-Old In Body Cast

A 3-year-old boy from Florida has been left in a body cast from the waist down after he was injured from a jumping around at a trampoline park.

Details on the Trampoline Injury

It was reported by ABC News that a young boy from Florida, Colton Hill, had injured himself at a trampoline park last month. The boy’s mother, Kaitlin Hill, stated that her son had broken his femur while at the park.

Hill posted on Facebook about what had happened to her son at the indoor park in Tampa, and her message was shared over 235,000 times.

The park that they had gone to promoted toddlers using the trampolines, even though some medical organizations advise against such activities for very young children.

Colton’s injuries forced him to wear a cast for six weeks, travel with a special car seat, and use diapers. His mother has stated that this experience was very traumatic for him, and he now only sleeps around 4 or 5 hours every night because of the trauma.

The International Association of Trampoline Parks was contacted for a statement, but they did not respond.

Trampoline Injury Statistics

The following statistics were provided by the Huffington Post:

  • Between 2002 and 2011, around 1 million people went to emergency departments for injuries caused by trampolines.
  • During this span of time, trampoline-related injuries cost around $1 billion to treat, with more than $400 million being spent specifically on fractures.
  • Most bone fractures from trampoline usage occur in children.
  • Of those fractures, around 59.9 percent are in the upper body, 35.7 percent are in the lower body, and the rest of the injuries usually involve the skull or spine

Piqua Child Injured in Fall from Window

A child was airlifted to the hospital after falling from a second floor window in Piqua, Ohio.

Details of the Window Fall Accident

According to the Daily Call, fire departments medics responded to a call at 925 Washington Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said that a 3-year-old was playing near an open window on the second floor of the home when the child fell through the window and to the ground below.

Medics requested CareFlight to transport the child from the American Legion Landing Zone at Piqua Fire Department to Dayton Hospital.

The identity of the child and the extent of the child’s injuries were not immediately available.

The accident remains under investigation.

Child Window Fall Statistics

  • According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, 98,415 children were treated in emergency rooms after falling through a window between 1990 and 2008. This averages to more than 5,000 injuries every year.
  • Of those visits, 28 percent required that the child remain hospitalized for an extended period of time.
  • The vast majority of these injuries involved toddlers under the age of four.
  • Each year, 15 to 20 children die from injuries sustained after falling through a window.

Temple Toddler Fatally Injured by Falling Television

A 3-year-old was killed Monday night after a television fell on him as he attempted to climb a piece of furniture.

Details of the Tragic Accident

According to reports, police responded to the accident in the 1500 block of South 5th Street around 11 p.m. Monday. Police Sgt. Mike Bolton said evidence at the scene suggest the child was trying to reach the television when the accident occurred.

The toddler was rushed to a Temple hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The identity of the child has not been released.

One Child Injured by a Falling Television Every 30 Minutes

“A child’s dying once every three weeks from a TV tip-over. The numbers are going up, This is a call to action. These are 100 percent preventable.” – Dr. Gary Smith, pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio as published by Today.

  • According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, the number of children injured by falling televisions increased by 125 percent from 1990 to 2011.
  • On average, more than 17,000 children visit the emergency room every year with injuries caused by falling televisions – that is roughly one child every 30 minutes.
  • Between 2000 and 2011, 215 children died due to injuries sustained in falling television accidents.
  • About 46 percent of television tip-overs involved TVs falling from a dresser or armoire; 31 percent were attributed to televisions which fell from entertainment centers or TV stands.
  • Children under 5 are at the greatest risk, accounting for 64 percent of the injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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