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    OMG!! Girl, 2, Flies Out of SUV Into River

    Girl, 2, Flies Out of SUV Into River


    GARY, Ind. — Divers stopped their search of a river Thursday without finding any signs of a 2-year-old girl who flew through an SUV's window and plunged at least 40 feet from a highway bridge into the water. Authorities said she was presumed dead.

    Divers spent several hours in the Grand Calumet River (search) looking for Jatima Greene. Water in the heavily industrialized area was coated with moss, algae and debris.

    Ron Kurth, a spokesman for Lake County (search) water rescue team, said rescuers would continue searching for the toddler's body by boat and helicopter.

    "You live here until you get some type of closure for this family," he said.

    People in the SUV said the girl was wearing a seat belt, but investigators found no child seats in the vehicle.

    The crash occurred as family members were returning to Gary from a birthday party in Chicago, the girl's aunt said.

    Police were investigating reports that the SUV went out of control after it was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer.

    Another driver, Keisha Bethley, said she saw the SUV strike a retaining wall on a ramp over the river and then roll over.

    Jatima flew out the window, she said. Bethley said she immediately dialed 911 on her cellular phone, but the dispatcher accused her of placing a phony emergency call.

    "She kept saying 'Quit playing around,"' Bethley said. "I said, 'I'm not playing, the baby is in the water."'

    A truck driver jumped in to try and reach the toddler, Fire Chief Mark Everett said. "He said he saw her about 10 feet away, but he just couldn't get to her," Everett said.

    Jatima's sobbing mother, Jacqueline Greene, was restrained by a friend from descending the river bank to search the water herself.

    Rescuers searched the waterway for more than two hours Wednesday night under helicopter searchlights and returned after daybreak Thursday. The girl's father, Timothy Mack, criticized authorities for calling off the search overnight.

    "I couldn't believe it," he said. "What if it was their child?"

    On Thursday, family members stood hand-in-hand in a prayer circle on train tracks nearby while the search continued. Authorities said there was little chance Jatima would be found alive.

    "It seems unreal," Timothy Mack said. "I don't believe my little girl is dead."

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    jeez.....that's awful.
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    Unbelievable...I cannot imagine the guilt this child's parents must be feeling. There are few things that anger me more on the road than seeing children who are sitting on someone's lap in the front seat or who are not in carseats! What a sad story.
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    Between no seatbelt and that 911 dispatcher this story's got pain all around.
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    what a shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktgiles
    Unbelievable...I cannot imagine the guilt this child's parents must be feeling. There are few things that anger me more on the road than seeing children who are sitting on someone's lap in the front seat or who are not in carseats! What a sad story.
    Agreed KT.. how sad is this. I won't move my car till I check the kids are strapped in.

    Very sad..
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    Man, that's just terrible...
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    Why the heck wasn't the kid in a child seat? I feel horrible for the parents, but there is some major neglect there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen
    Why the heck wasn't the kid in a child seat? I feel horrible for the parents, but there is some major neglect there.
    UK law is really strict about this and here it's possible the parents would face manslaughter charges.
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    There are laws about this in the US also. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen
    There are laws about this in the US also. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
    As far as I know, an adult passenger is responsible for him/herself and if caught without one can be prosecuted, any child without one and the DRIVER is responsible and prosecuted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktgiles
    Unbelievable...I cannot imagine the guilt this child's parents must be feeling. There are few things that anger me more on the road than seeing children who are sitting on someone's lap in the front seat or who are not in carseats! What a sad story.
    Agreed, especially when you see little kids that are standing in the back between the two seats talking to the driver! I just want to scream at them "Don't you realize what is going to happen if you have to slam on the brakes?"

    It a terrible tragedy. I'm not saying it's okay but I'm glad to hear they at least had a seatbelt on her. Perhaps they were a poor family that couldn't afford one?

 

 

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