Every parent knows that gut-wrenching moment when a kid does something that could almost get him or her killed -- when you're about five feet away -- and you end up thinking you're the worst parent on the planet. Kids have little to no sense of danger, and they move lightning quick. They can also get up to all kinds of strange and potentially life-threatening shenanigans. Thankfully, most of them make it to adulthood. But tragically there are times when they do not. This appears to be one of those times. A grandmother came home to find that her 5-year-old daughter, who the grandmother says was being watched by her two daughters, had accidentally wrapped a rope or string around a plant hanger -- and hanged herself.
The grandmother was inconsolable at what happened, telling CBS Sacramento:
We don’t know how. I’m not home, it’s just my daughter home and her auntie home, but her auntie in the bathroom and talk on the phone.
But police say they have to investigate anyway, to make sure that the child was being properly supervised, as neighbors have said they often saw children from the family alone.
Additionally, this little girl had apparently gotten into trouble once before -- a neighbor says police had been called out to the house a couple of months prior when the girl went missing. But she was eventually found hiding under a bed.
There are some unanswered questions here -- was one of the adults home her mother? If so, how does a little girl manage this without being caught?
However, if she was in a room by herself and the mom left her playing -- she probably wouldn't check on her in the time it might take her to fashion something like that. I remember creating all kinds of scenarios when I was a kid that miraculously managed not to kill me.
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A planter hook on a ceiling isn't something you would think could be a danger to a child -- you wonder how she even managed to get up that high, but I haven't seen the home, so I won't make any judgments.
I'm sure the police will figure it out what happened, and until that time, my heart goes out to this family.
Have you ever had a close call with a child in the home?
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