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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Not Watching Your Kids? Sue The Police!

CAMDEN, N.J. — Police failed to follow proper procedures as they searched for three missing boys, neglecting a national group's recommendations to immediately look in enclosed spaces such as car trunks, a report released Tuesday said.


The report also faulted parents of the children for waiting three hours to call police, and for not disclosing during the massive search that one of the boys had previously played in the trunk of the car that was parked in the yard where they had been last seen.

Anibal Cruz, 11; Daniel Agosto, 6; and Jesstin Pagan, 5, were found dead in the car's trunk after two days of fruitless searching after they vanished June 22 from the yard of the Cruz home. An autopsy concluded they were alive for hours while the search continued.

By the day after the boys vanished, 150 law enforcement officials were using boats, helicopters and search dogs in a vain attempt to find them. But the report said officials should have brought the dogs in sooner.


The bodies were discovered when a relative looking for jumper cables opened the trunk of a disabled Toyota Camry next to the Cruz home. An autopsy ruled the boys suffocated, dying between 13 and 33 hours after climbing into the car.

Peter M. Villari, attorney for one of the boy's mothers, said the report did not give a good explanation of why the car trunk was not examined.

"The police should have searched the trunk within an hour of getting there, but the parents should have searched there, too," said Villari.

The report did not blame any officers for failing to search the car. However, the document stated that, based on law enforcement documents, police and parents said five different times during the search that the car had been searched, even though that was incorrect.

Two officers apparently came very close. At about 3 a.m. June 23, about 10 hours after the boys disappeared, they banged on the trunk of the car and loudly called the boys' names but heard no response, the report stated.

The boys apparently climbed into the trunk through the car's passenger compartment, moving items such as a tire iron and car jack into the compartment and leaving their shoes there as well, according to the report.



Now don't get me wrong ... this is a sad tragedy and my heart goes out to the families ... I know I am about to sound very cold hearted ... BUT ...there's an angle here that it seems everyone is afraid to talk about.

Some things about this whole case seem strange. Why did the parents, who have said that the kids played in the car before, not check the car themselves?

Why did they say they DID check the car when obviously they had not?

Their shoes were still lying in the back seat, evidence they were there, but the parents never saw that? Never saw the kids' shoes on the seat of the car they said they checked since the kids had played in the car previously?

2 days? 2 days and they still hadn't looked in the trunk of the car, with their shoes on the seat, that the kids had played in before, that they said they checked?

Why did they not even call the police untill 3 hours after they noticed them missing?

The kids were 11, 6, and 5. Who lets children that age play outside without any supervision nowdays?

If they were trapped in there and the parents were looking for them, why would they not be making noise, or banging on the trunk from inside trying to get out?

And why is it they have attorneys to sue the police already?

If (yes .. I'm going to say it) it is foul play by the parents (and yes ... sadly that is becoming all to common lately) they have a stroke of genius in immediately suing the police.

What? Yes ... a stroke of genius. Any investigation into foul play by the parents, or maybe that the children hid because of abuse by the parents is already squashed.

You know the investigation would just be harassment in retaliation to their law suit after all.

I pray this is not what has occured.

In any case we have a tragedy here. Three young children have died, yet the parents are looking to place blame anywhere but on themselves.

This is becoming another common phenomenon.

Another tragedy happened here in the Dallas area not long ago.

WFAA - On October 9, David Clemens backed up his Infiniti SUV and tragically ran over and killed two-and-a-half-year-old Adrianna.

AA.com - The point is, an accident like that would be my fault and I would have to take the responsibility. According to a report from WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth, this apparently is not the case for a Garland, Texas family. The TV station says a man accidentally ran over his two-and-a-half year old daughter while backing up in his Infiniti SUV. Unfortunately, she did not survive. “You just can't imagine the absence that is in our hearts right now with the loss of our daughter," the mother told WFAA. "She rocked our world ... she was everything to us.”

Now here’s where the story gets interesting. Over a month after the event, the family is now suing Nissan Motor Company – the parent company of Infiniti – because their vehicle was not equipped with Nissan/Infiniti’s optional rearview camera. The camera, available on such high-end models like the Infiniti M45, Q45, FX35/45, and QX56, allows live video taken by a camera mounted in the trunk/tailgate to be displayed on the vehicle’s LCD navigation-system screen on the dash when the vehicle is in reverse. The camera debuted on the 2002 Q45 and trickled down to other Infiniti models – and is now being offered by other automakers, including Lexus.

The equipment was available and the parent chose at purchase to not spend the extra money for the 'convenience'. A paragraph in the article says it best ...

"To me, this looks like a case of a family simply attempting to place the blame and the guilt of the death of their daughter on a company that had no responsibility in the cause of her death whatsoever. Perhaps worse, it could be a case of a family attempting to profit off of the death of their own daughter. I hope not"

And I hope this also isn't the case in this latest tragedy either.


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