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Salem, Conn. — It’s been a few months since we’ve had a wood chipper story here at D’D. Sadly, this new one out of Connecticut may be the first one we have featured that involves a child.

Police say 6-year-old Jeffrey Bourgeois was killed Tuesday morning after he was pulled into his father’s wood chipper.

The boy’s father owns a tree removal service and had brought his three children along with him to a home where he doing some tree work.

While the man’s back was turned, his 6-year-old son tried to help his dad by feeding a branch into the chipper. Unfortunately, his arm got stuck and he was pulled inside the machine.

Officials are investigating, but say it appears to be nothing but a tragic accident. Grief counselors will be available at Jeffrey’s school starting today, although school is out this week.

Students started their Spring Break vacation on Monday.

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  • derae

    What an incredibly sad story.  As a parent, I can’t imagine every recovering from something like that. Wow…loss for words.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7N6KYE5OZO7WNUYTTYEDVWOINE Marysa Nieves

    Aw man, this really sucks. RIP little man, he was trying to be e big boy & help Daddy….:(

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    This story made me teary.

    RIP Angel. I know the whole family is in pain but the father must be going insane. I’d be in the freaking nut house if this were me. 

  • rensuchan

    I’m in a rotten mood right now but I can’t even bring myself to make a snarky comment in response to this.  RIP little dude.

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  • Eliza Berntsen

    Oh dear. May your soul rest in peace, little man.

    Out of all of the horrible ways to die, being chopped up alive must be one of the top ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amy2202 Amy Ross-Hall

    I am from Ct and am so saddened about this story.  The poor parents and the siblings who witnessed this horrific accident may never recover from this.  So sad :(

  • sugarpie

    God Bless the little guy.  They always want to help when they’re little.

  • 62julietandvoid

    This is one of those that makes you cringe and so messed up you just don’t have the words. I’m a go try and get this fucked up shit out of my mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zach-McLemore/100001942699604 Zach McLemore

    Fargo style

  • Surreal7

    Another story to make me hug the crap out of my kids when they get home. When I give them random squeezing hugs, they often respond with, “Great, Mom’s been looking at that sleeping baby demon site again.” The stories with kids the same age as mine hit extra hard, like the one the other day with two out of three sons dying because their fucktard of a father took them sailing in icy water. I can’t (and don’t want to) imagine what any of these families are going through.

  • girlygerd

    Awwww man this is so shitty……geez

  • nomorepolitix

    I bawled my eyes out reading this story. I can’t imagine what it is like–for the father–for the other children…for the mother. My god. I’m so sorry for them all.

  • nomorepolitix

    I don’t think I’ll be able to see that movie again…not without bawling and thinking about this poor family.

  • nomorepolitix

    I’m so fucking sad and angry at the universe right now. Goddammit!!!!

  • JohnQknowitall

    Well as terrible as this is, and I do not mean to diminish the horrific death, it was a quick death.

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    Thanks for taking that off of my “movies that I really need to see” list.

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I have to say it: … What on earth was dad thinking, bringing small kids to that kind of work?

    Didn’t we all pretty much agree last year, that if the lawn is being mowed, kids belong inside? Isn’t a wood chipper way more destructive than a lawn mower?

    Yeah, I feel horrible for the father, but.. Little kids and wood chippers should be no where near each other. Because shit like this can happen.

    Sucks dad had to learn this lesson the horrible way. :( I hope the other kids didn’t see it. That is definitely something that would fuck them up for life.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7R7S6UQXTLCFLIV4CRD7NS75TY Bryan

    It’s possible this wasn’t the first time the boy had helped his dad on a job site. It’s possible that the dad had giving his son the safety lecture not once, but a dozen times. It’s possible that the dad was being careful. It’s possible that accidents happen. I’m inclined to give the father the benefit of the doubt; the loss of a child, under any circumstances, is devastating at best. 

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  • Tokyo_Hooligan

    What I don’t understand is why consumer grade and portable woodchippers don’t have the same safeties as full scale industrial models? I worked summers in a sawmill as a teenager, and all of our chippers had detectors in the chutes that would immediately stop the blades if they detected the smallest bit of metal – even the copper rivets in a pair of Levis jeans would set them off. The detectors were set 4.5 feet from the blades so that if a man fell into the chute headfirst, his belt buckle or the fly on his jeans would trip the sensors before his head got to the blades.

    That and exactly what Heather just wrote – while I feel for this family, what in the hell was this man thinking allowing children to walk around a dangerous piece of machinery like that? I don’t even pull my van out of its parking space without my 6 year old’s butt parked on the passenger seat. My boy helps me to work on my motorcycles as an errant bolt retriever/wrench passer – and when I do test starts on the bikes, he’s sitting down at least six feet away and to the side and rear of the bike in case the clutch is engaged despite the neutral light being on. I can understand being in a position of having to bring the kids to work, I’ve had to do it more than once – but before that chipper was fired up, those kids should have been sitting in the bed of the truck or on a chunk of tree trunk at least 20 feet away from the mouth of that chipper. Aside from the danger this poor little guy found out about in his last moments, chippers can spit back chunks of wood, and there’s also the hearing damage and fumes from the engine, both of which are extremely harmful to young kids.

  • kimbev69

    I cannot even imagine seeing this happen to my child i would just throw myself in after

  • osteenq

    One SERIOUS lapse in judgement, and now not only is the guy out a kid, but it’s a safe bet he’s going to need to find himself another job, too. It’s not likely he’s going to be able to do work involving a wood chipper again.

    You have to seriously wonder what the fuck he was thinking bringing his kids to a work site where he was going to have what’s essentially a giant open shredder running. Even if for some reason he absolutely HAD to have his kids there, you’d think he’d have the wood chipper turned off when he wasn’t using it and make them stand WAY the hell away from it when he was.

  • Heather_Habilatory

     You can tell a six year old to be careful til you are blue in the face, and then they will go right out and be dangerous.

    The kids should never have been around a wood chipper. Period.

    I’m not saying he like… planned for this to happen. I’m positive it was just a horrible accident. But this is why kids should stay home. This is why child labor laws are in place.

  • Lena60

    I have to agree with you, that was one of the first things I thought of while reading this story.No way in hell, I would want any children around heavy dangerous machinery.I do feel awful bad for this family and what they are now going through.

  • sweatpoo

    How’s that old riddle go?

    How much kid would a woodchip chip, if a woodchip could chip kid? ”

    “A woodchip would chip all the kid he could, if a woodchip could chip kid.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313415181 Denise Sarosky

    I think this page is to send our condolences to the family and keep them in our prayers. No-one should be bashing the father, how do you think he feels. And does anyone really know how it exactly happened. My prayers to the family and R.I.P. little man, your family will never be the same <3

  • sherrdbw

    How sad to think about how excited the kids were to go to work with their dad and then this tragedy happens. That poor father will be mentally beating himself up forever.

  • http://talkinshitwithshannieandboo.blogspot.com/ BooBooKittyFuck

    I misread the title and thought it said 6 boys were pulled in to a wood chipper and was like, “How the fuck did that happen?” Doesn’t make it any less tragic, just proves I’m an airhead sometimes. I can’t imagine how horrifying this is for this kid’s family, especially Dad, who’s going to be blaming himself for a long time for bringing his kids to work. So so terrible.

  • 62julietandvoid

    Go screw.

  • JGo555

    Is this dude family with the dude that took his kids on a boat?


  • JGo555

    Heather, as much as I love how good my husband is with his kids… there are some things that escape them…

    My hub is DYING to be able to reason with the kids, and even if they’re reasonable they’ll still have to learn to control their impulses (S. Freud) enough to not do things because they want to even though it’s bad for them…

  • JGo555

    THat is so wrong & SO FUNNY.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Look on the bright side. He’ll never have to repeat his wood chipper safety speech to the other two kids, ever again.

  • LoKi4778

    While I agree that these kids shouldn’t have been around the wood chipper in the first place, there are enough assholes featured on this site that do horrible unthinkable shit ON PURPOSE that are much more deserving of our collective hatred and judgement than this poor father.  I have a 4 year old who would probably try to do the same thing, except that I know his propensity for not listening to me at all and would never allow him to get near a machine like that.  I guess I’m trying to say that this father will suffer his poor judgement for the rest of his life (however long he decides that might be).  We should pray to whatever deity we each believe in that this family can pull through this.  No parent should have to go through what these parents are going through…

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    It’s too bad that the little guy died trying to help his daddy.  And I agree with Tokyo_Hooligan–why didn’t the wood chipper have the same sort of safety mechanisms as industrial wood chippers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/YourFriendlyNeighborhoodJewishGirl Rebekah Herzberg

    I cannot imagine what the family must be going through. What a horrific accident. 

  • TinyCyborg

    My boyfriend leaned over my shoulder to check out what I was reading and started crying 0_0  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7N6KYE5OZO7WNUYTTYEDVWOINE Marysa Nieves

    OMG- siiiick!

  • nomorepolitix

    Give him a hug from all of us. :-(

  • Heather_Habilatory

    Kids learn not to do things, by going out and doing them. A wood chipper isn’t one of the things a kid should learn to be around the hard way.

  • Heather_Habilatory

     … That’s not what this page is for.

    And no, we don’t know exactly what happened, and I’m sure we never will. That is why. Kids shouldn’t be around wood chippers.

  • Heather_Habilatory

     oh my geez. Thanks for making me snort-giggle.

  • kirsten petersen

    Actually, we do know exactly what happened: Dad allowed his 6 year old child to be around a notoriously dangerous piece of equipment THEN TURNED HIS BACK ON HIM. Other sites report that the dad was even letting his kids help him. 
    I feel for the dad because he is basically a destroyed human being now. He will never recover from this. His other two kids, who saw their brother being pulled in, are traumatized beyond words, and the other parent (I’m assuming there’s a mother or co-parent in the picture) is going to have to try really hard not to hate this man for the rest of their life. I know I couldn’t forgive my husband for this.
    Horrible for all concerned. I get it, people make mistakes, but dammit this was so preventable….

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I took my 10 yo daughter to work with me Monday of this week and last Friday. I work in a nutrition club, and the most dangerous piece of machinery there is a blender.. and we didn’t let her use THAT!

  • newstarshipsmell

    Doubtless, after the inevitable lawsuit that emerges from this, the portable chippers *will* have the same safeties – or at least giant stickers/signs on them reading “DO NOT OPERATE WITH CHILDREN PRESENT”

  • newstarshipsmell

    In all seriousness…
    I suppose it’s too much to hope that this poor kid’s siblings were looking elsewhere when he got pulled in. As the article is understandably lacking in gory details, I can’t help but wonder how long the machine continued running once his father reacted to the situation – and I’m fervently praying to God (agnostically) that the other kids didn’t see anything recognizable as part of their brother emerge from the other end. They’ll probably be terrified of anything loud and mechanical for a good long time now, on top of everything else.

  • Arthur Ball

    That’s just terrible! I can’t even imagine (And really don’t want to) the unbearable pain and suffering the parents of that kid are going through right now. My heart goes out to the family of this child.

  • lalalandmamma

    Just made me cry. So sad, thinking about those horrific last seconds of his young life. And I thought my spring break was rough. My 7 yo broke her leg riding her razor scooter and had to have emergency surgery and is now wheelchair bound for a few months. It could have been so much worse. My heart aches for that family.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    I’d imagine that there would be NO recovery from something like that. Losing a child is unimaginable but losing a child in that way? I really feel for his mother.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    I SO feel for these parents – for this little boy’s poor mother. But this accident was 100% preventable. I’m sure the father is hurting more than he ever has or ever will but WHAT exactly was he thinking bringing 3 small children to work with him when he is operating such a dangerous piece of equipment? And WHAT was the mother thinking letting him do it? Sorry to blame the parents but that was some very poor judgement that ended in tragedy. 

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    You’re right – no parent should ever have to go through something like this. But no kid should either. This little boy lost his life – in a horrific and painful way – because of his parent’s collective BAD judgement. Children do not belong anywhere near machinery like this and it was these parent’s responsibility to protect him and keep him safe. It’s common sense really – children & wood-chippers should NEVER be in the same vicinity as each other. Ever! I get that this was an accident but it was 100% avoidable. These parents are going through hell and this little boy lost his life but it wasn’t because of an unavoidable accident or something beyond control like a medical issue – he died because of his parent’s very bad judgement and I’m not usually, or ever really, for legally punishing parents who lose their child due to an accident or something like that – I think they are grieving enough and being punished enough but with this – I’ve never seen worse judgement – I think both parent’s should be charged with child endangerment and with his death. It does not take a hell of a lot of common sense to know that a child does not belong around a wood-chipper. Sorry if that makes me sound uncaring (I am a mother of 3 myself btw) but  that is the way I feel about this story.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    No that is not what this page is for. No parent should ever have to go through something like this and I’m sorry for their loss. But no kid should have to go through this either! This little boy lost his life – in a horrific and painful way – because of his parent’s collective BAD judgement. Children do not belong anywhere near machinery like this and it was these parent’s responsibility to protect him and keep him safe. It’s common sense really – children & wood-chippers should NEVER be in the same vicinity as each other. Ever! I get that this was an accident but it was 100% avoidable. These parents are going through hell and this little boy lost his life but it wasn’t because of an unavoidable accident or something beyond control like a medical issue – he died because of his parent’s very bad judgement and I’m not usually, or ever really, for legally punishing parents who lose their child due to an accident or something like that – I think they are grieving enough and being punished enough but with this – I’ve never seen worse judgement – I think both parent’s should be charged with child endangerment and with his death. It does not take a hell of a lot of common sense to know that a child does not belong around a wood-chipper. Sorry if that makes me sound uncaring (I am a mother of 3 myself btw) but  that is the way I feel about this story.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    Speaking of the mother – did she ALLOW the father to take the kids around the wood-chipper? Because if she did – she’s just as fucking DUMB and completely as responsible for this little boys death as his father is. 

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    This “poor” father took his children around a WOOD-CHIPPER! How in the world did he think that was even remotely a good idea? And screw the father! What about the little boy? He lost his LIFE because his parents have the worst judgement of any parent I’ve ever seen.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    The father absolutely SHOULD be blaming himself & I hope it haunts him for the rest of his life. On what planet does he live on where he thinks its a good idea to bring his children around a wood-chipper?

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    Why didn’t the little boy have at least one parent with good judgement??

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    Screw “accident”. This was 100% preventable had the father not been such a dumbass to think it was a good idea to bring his CHILDREN around a WOOD-CHIPPER!!

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    Which you would think would  be COMMON SENSE.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    A child should not have to learn to be around a wood-chipper AT ALL.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    Are you serious? Allowing your 6 year old around a woodchipper and “being careful” are as far apart from each other as you can get!! “Being careful” is NOT letting your child around a woodchipper!! This wasn’t an “accident” – this was a terrible tragedy that was 100% preventable and now a little boy has lost his life because he has a couple of dumbasses (as I assume the mother ALLOWED him to take the kids to work with him), with the worst judgement I’ve ever seen, for parents. The loss of a child IS devistating – but the father was 100% responsible for his son’s death & I don’t ever support charging a parent for an accident that cost their child their lives but in this case – I will make an exception. Common sense says children don’t belong around woodchippers!! Child endangerment should be the least the father is charged with. I’m sick of hearing about the “poor father” – what about the POOR LITTLE BOY who depended on his father to protect him and keep him safe and the father failed!

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    Oh, and a 6 year old has NO business “helping” his dad on the job site.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    Yes they do. But it is the parents responsibility to use common sense! Why didn’t father let him play with a loaded gun while he was at it?

  • newstarshipsmell ™

    Well, what are most cautions and warnings on consumer products, again? Oh yeah, common sense.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    The “poor parents”???!!! What about the poor little boy who lost his life because his parent’s are fucking idiots with no common sense and worst judgement I’ve ever seen?? This was preventable – children & woodchippers belong no where near each other.

  • taaurrus taaurrus

    But this probably would never be you because these parents are probably the ONLY parents on the face of the earth who though it was good judgement to let their kids near a woodchipper.

  • sherrdbw

    Yes, it was horrible judgement. But I bet anything that the father would change places with his dead son in a second. But don’t worry, he will punish himself more than law enforcement ever can. His sentence is forever.

  • sherrdbw

    OK, we get the idea! Why don’t you go to Salem, Conn and kick the family when they’re down. There is absolutely nothing you can do to make this family feel any worse than they already do. Will you be satisfied if the father commits suicide?

  • nomorepolitix

    The gory details get filled in when you see the news video of the chipper and truck being towed away…completely covered up with blue tarps. I knew then that it was far gorier that I could have imagined. :-(

  • Heather_Habilatory

     My heart just sank.

  • SkummyRummy

    I understand and agree with everyone but one question is stuck in my mind…what if the father had to bring the kids cuz nobody else could watch or take them? The kids were obviously way too close and even being the best parent in the world, it is hard to keep 100% attention and your eyes always on a child. I couldn’t imagine three(I feel 3 is quite similar to 2 but I’m not sure I only have 2) but you would think being around something so dangerous you’d want to tell your kids to keep away and give them something to keep busy with. Mine are 5 n 6 and they do have moments when they don’t listen but if I tell them it’s dangerous and they can get hurt or even die, they listen. I know not all kids can grasp the concept of death but my girls know once you are gone, you are gone. I’m very sad for this boy and his family. I hope his siblings didn’t have to see that shit. His farther with forever live with this and I doubt he’ll be alive for very much longer. I’d off myself if I fucked up that bad. Everyone makes mistakes and learns from them but this is a horrible lesson :(

  • SkummyRummy

    Fargo style is feet first, isn’t it?

  • observant_cat

    The warning on my hair dryer tells me not to use while in the bathtub or shower and the huge tag on my 2″ diameter curling iron cautions me not to use it on my *eyelashes*! I figure that means people have tried these things and been injured.

  • Iris_Wildthyme

    Yep, I’ve had a phone that said on the box “Do not place phone in a microwave oven!” Oh and why do blank CDs come with a warning: ‘Do not insert clear plastic cover into disc drive’?

  • Iris_Wildthyme

    I agree. Someone brought their four-year-old to the office where I work and I wouldn’t even operate the paper-shredder with him in the room incase he stuck his fingers in the slot (which would be fairly hard to do but you never know).

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  • LeaveMeBe

    Damn you for making me snort, swallow air and then burp while trying not to laugh.

    Keep this up and I won’t let you sit beside me on the bus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trooprm31 Evan Phaneuf

    Very sad story.. I wish the best for the family. R.I.P.

    Anybody else notice the state trooper trying not to smile? :(

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