MIDDLETOWN, OH – Authorities say 16-year-old Christian Faith Benge had a pre-existing health condition when she collapsed and died partway through a haunted house attraction.
Benge only had one lung after being born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a birth defect that prevents the lungs from developing normally.
Despite her condition and operating on one lung, she and around 100 friends and family decided to visit the Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park.
The popular Halloween attraction has four haunted houses and one haunted trail with “live spooks, lunatics and chainsaw-wielding madmen.”
Benge had made it halfway through the attraction when she suddenly collapsed. Her mother immediately performed CPR but the teen would be pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.
Medical officials say part of the girl’s heart was enlarged four times its normal size. “They said she was like a time bomb,” her grandmother said.
“I trust God. He has the ultimate plan,” said Benge’s mother. “She’s better off than we are … because of her faith in Christ I know she’s home.”
This family puts a lot of faith in God, believing he’s the reason why their daughter survived a birth defect with a 40-62% mortality rate, but I don’t think I would’ve pushed my luck by taking her to a place where people try to scare the shit out of you.…
Zhang was at the zoo with his grandfather when he climbed over a safety rail and reached inside a bear’s cage to try and give it food. The bear ended up grabbing the boy’s right arm, instead.
As Chien screamed, people tried beating the bear of the boy for 10 minutes until the bear finally ripped off Chien’s arm. It would take zoo official another 20 minutes to retrieve the arm from inside the bear’s cage.
Pictures of the poor kid are now online, showing him standing alone, in shock, with a bone protruding from his shoulder where is arm used to be. He was taken to the hospital but doctors were unable to save the arm.
I think parents in China are required by law to throw one-armed children in the trash, so Chien’s parents are understandably upset and are blaming the zoo.…
HAUSER, ID – Jeremy McSpadden was an 18-year-old zombie actor at an Idaho corn maze who was killed Saturday night after being ran over by the Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus.
McSpadden was working at the Incredible Corn Maze where people can pay $15 to ride a modified school bus equipped with mounted paintball guns to shoot at attacking zombies.
Multiple witnesses state that as McSpadden emerged from his hiding spot and ran toward the bus, he stumbled and fell directly in front of the rear tires of the bus.
Although the bus was moving so slow that a speed didn’t register on the speedometer, the teen was unable to get out of the way and was crushed to death. Because of the bumpy terrain, most people didn’t even realize anything had happened.
It wasn’t until after the bus had traveled away, and the zombie actors were resetting for the next bus to pass by, that anyone realized McSpadden had been run over. Emergency services were called, but there really wasn’t anything they could do for the kid.…
ONEONTA, AL – A 10-year-old Boy Scout accidentally hanged himself with the rope he was using to earn a merit badge for knot tying.
A.J. Underwood was found by his mother hanging from the practice rope in his bedroom Friday night. She got him down and carried him outside screaming for help.
A neighbor performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but A.J. would be pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Blount hospital a short time later. Investigators believe the boy’s death was a freak accident.
“We had been learning how to tie rope, tie knots in ropes in Boy Scouts,” said A.J.’s aunt, Dana Wiesman. “He came into the house and had unpacked his Boy Scout bag, and he went in his room and was apparently playing with the rope and slipped and got caught in it.”
A.J. was a student at Oneonta Elementary School and leaves behind three sisters and his mother. Wiseman said the family isn’t doing well, but that the outpouring of community support is helping them get through it minute by minute.…
FULTON COUNTY, GA – Janna Thompson has been indicted on second-degree murder and child cruelty charges after a 3-year-old boy in her daycare accidentally hanged himself while playing on a slide.
On July 9, Thomas Stephens was being watched at Janna’s Daycare, a daycare Thompson ran out of her home. According to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Thompson took Stephens and two other toddlers outside to play, leaving two infants and another toddler inside her home.
At some point Janna went back inside to discipline another child.
“While the children were playing, one toddler began misbehaving,” court documents stated. “The Provider took this child inside leaving three children unsupervised on the playground. While inside, the Provider used the restroom, received a phone call and made a phone call.”
After an “undetermined amount of time,” Thompson went back outside and found Stephens laying flat on a slide with a piece of twine wrapped around his neck. The boy wasn’t breathing, so Thompson called 911 and attempted CPR. Unfortunately, Stephens would die in his mother’s arms at the hospital the following day.…
ZWOLLE, LA – Police have not filed any criminal charges after a 19-month-old boy got wedged in his mother’s car window and died of positional asphyxia, although there is a criminal investigation into the child’s death.
Emergency responders were called to a home just before 11 p.m. Saturday, where Robert Lynch was found unresponsive and hanging out of his mother’s car window. The toddler was transferred to the hospital and placed on life support Unfortunately, the boy was pronounced brain dead and removed from life support the next day.
Investigators would later learn that the boy’s mother, 26-year-old Deunka Lynch, had just left a family gathering and had placed her son in the backseat of her car without restraining him. She told investigators that after she parked her car she noticed that the back window was rolling up, trapping her son.
Lynch’s family say this was a tragic accident and is in no way reflective of her parenting skills. “This is just something that happened and as a family we are going to stand together,” said the victim’s grandfather, Danny Lynch.…
CHANDLER, AZ — A man trimming trees at a car dealership was decapitated when he somehow fell headfirst into an industrial wood chipper.
According to the Chandler Police Department, the unidentified man worked for Phoenix Trim-A-Tree LLCA and was part of a small crew trimming trees at Freeway Chevrolet at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday.
He was reportedly standing on the wood chipper when he suddenly slipped and fell in. To make matters worse, two of the workers with him when it happened were his two sons.
The man’s family arrived on the scene and described the victim to reporters as a happy, family man who took pride in his work and had been employed by the landscaping company for years.
The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration will probably conduct their own investigation, said Chandler police spokesperson Sgt. Seth Tyler.
If there’s a silver lining to this man’s horrific death, it’s the fact that he went in with his head. I’m sure it was pretty quick. Aside from being eaten alive by an animal, I cannot think of a more terrifying way to die than to get pulled feet first through a goddamn wood chipper.…
Barngrover, 32, was with his 9-year-old son driving to purchase Barngrover’s “dream truck” when his current truck stalled on the train tracks. After getting himself and his son out of the truck, the train hit the vehicle.
According to eyewitnesses, the force of the collision caused Barngrover’s truck to smash into him. Barngrover was rushed to Indiana University Health Morgan Hospital where he would die from his injuries.
His son was taken to the hospital where he was treated for pain, but I’m guessing the bulk of the damage that kid will suffer from isn’t the physical kind.
A GoFundMe page has been setup to help Barngrover’s wife and three children with funeral and medical costs. The couple dated for 12 years but just got married last year.
“I still keep hoping to wake up and have my sweet husband laying next to me like he was supposed to for the rest of my life.…
ELIZABETH, NJ – Police say 32-year-old Maria Fernandes died while napping in her car after being overcome by a mixture of carbon monoxide and fumes from an overturned gasoline container.
The 32-year-old worked four jobs, including shifts at two different Dunkin Donuts. While driving to these jobs, Fernandes would often pull her Kia Sportage off the road and take naps. She would also keep a container of gasoline in her car because she occasionally ran out of gas.
Last week Fernandes pulled into the parking lot of a convenience store to get some sleep after working an overnight shift. She left the car running and may have been unaware that the gas can in the car had turned over.
Eight hours later, police received a call about an unresponsive woman in a car. When emergency workers got inside the car, they immediately detected a strong chemical odor and determined Fernandes was dead. Since they didn’t know where the chemical smell was coming from or how deadly it was, they called in a Hazmat team.…
A 9-year-old girl was with her family at Bullets and Burgers shooting range to enjoy some cheeseburgers and semi-automatic weapons when the girl accidentally shot her gun instructor in the head with an Uzi.
It happened Monday morning as the girl’s gun instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, was giving her instructions on how to shoot an Uzi. As Vacca hovers over her, he has the girl fire a single shot before switching the weapon to “fully automatic” mode.
When the girl fires again, the recoil causes her to lose control of the gun while still squeezing off shots. Her arm veers sharply up and to the left, striking Vacca at least once in the head. He would die later that night after being rushed to the hospital.
“The guy just dropped,” Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe said, adding that no citations will be issued and no charges will be filed as the shooting range is a licensed and legal operation.…
LONDON – We’ve all been there, right? Kind of bored with nothing to do when you decide to shove a vibrator up your ass? Lord knows I have. I usually do this with reckless abandon, using a “butter churning” technique I’ve perfected.
I may ease up a bit, though, especially after reading about what happened to 50-year-old Nigel Willis. Diabetic, jobless, and living with his elderly mother, Willis inserted a dildo up his ass last December. No harm, no foul – at first.
Willis’ problems began when he found he wasn’t able to remove the sex toy. Embarrassed, the man decided not to seek medical attention and remained on a couch with the toy up his butt for five days.
It’s not like we haven’t heard of this before. There was a recent story making the rounds regarding a woman who lost a sex toy in her vag for ten years. Unfortunately for Willis, the toy had perforated his bowel and he was suffering from septic shock.
After days of feeling dizzy, weak and unable to move from the couch, a neighbor convinced him to call for help.…
SYRACUSE, NY – Marli Hamblin, 15, has died from head injuries she suffered after being run over by a car while she was sunbathing in her driveway.
Marli was listening to her iPod while sunbathing in the driveway of her home Friday at around noon when a family member opened the garage, got into a Chevy truck, and then backed over Marli’s head.
Marli was rushed to the hospital and later placed in a medically-induced coma. Her family created a Miracle for Marli Facebook page seeking donations and providing updates on her condition.
“We’re hoping for the best for Marli, that some way a miracle will help her to pull through,” said her grandfather, Ron Hamblin. “But should that not be the case, we’ll just buck it up and carry on.”
That may sound like a cold comment, but the Hamblins are LDS and their doctrine tells them that when experiencing disappointment, heartache and tragedy, to “endure it well.” Just thought I’d point that out.
Anyway, on Sunday, Marli’s family posted that Marli was had died.…
GREENWICH, CT – A day of fun on the Long Island Sound turned horrific when a popular teen was killed after being caught in a speed boat propeller.
The incident happened on Wednesday as 16-year-old Emily Fedorko and three of her friends were tubing in the waters off Greenwich Point Park.
Fedorko and a 15-year-old girl were both riding in a tube that was being pulled by a motor boat driven by a 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old female passenger. It was after Fedorko and the girl riding with her were thrown off the tube that the accident occurred.
“At some point some of the maneuvers that took place with the boat and the tubes, the vessel slowed or stopped. The girls’ tube continued forward and they became entangled in the propeller,” said Greenwich Police’s Lt. Kraig Gray. Yikes.
Fedorko suffered a laceration to her torso from the propeller that was so bad that responding emergency personnel were unable to even attempt resuscitation. She was pronounced dead at the scene. …
CRESTON, MT – Marielle Dalimata died Saturday night after she tipped head-first into a five-gallon mop bucket at her family’s home.
Mariella was left unattended “for not even four minutes,” said the girl’s aunt, Brook Schwab. Her parents and first responders tried resuscitating Marielle, but it was too late. She would be pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Her body was sent to the state Crime Lab in Missoula, but Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said what happened to Marielle “is consistent with an accidental death.”
Instead of planning for Marielle’s first birthday party that was just ten days away, her family is now planning her funeral. They’ve set up a gofundme page to help cover the costs.
“We were planning to have a birthday party. We weren’t planning to have funeral expenses,” said Schwab.
Gotta keep an eye on the young’uns around water, people. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and four.
Sure, drowning in a mop bucket may not be at the top of that list, but this is the second story we’ve featured on DD involving a child drowning in a bucket.…
SAN DIEGO, CA – Mason Zisette, a 16-year-old high school junior, died after he struck a freeway bridge while standing on the top section of a double-decker tour bus.
The bus had been chartered for another teen’s private birthday party on Thursday and was traveling about 45 mph on the San Diego Freeway when the incident occurred.
The bus had 45 passengers, most under 18 years old, along with some adult chaperons who were in the lower section of the open-roof bus.
Witnesses say about two dozen teens were dancing on the top level of the bus at around 8 pm as they passed under the Vitae Street overpass. Zisette may have been dancing on a seat cushion with his back to the freeway signs when his head and hands slammed into the sign.
Zisette collapsed to the floor and was carried to the lower section until help arrived. He was taken to UCLA Harbor General Hospital where he would die on Saturday.
In 2012 we reported on Daniel Fernandez, another 16-year-old boy who died on a party bus after hitting his head.…
MILTON, WI – Two people were hurt in a three-vehicle rollover accident caused by an 11-year-old boy pointing an Airsoft gun out the rear window of a car.
The accident happened last week on Highway 59 in Milton, near Highway N. A female driver told investigators a boy leaned out the back window of the car in front of her pointing a gun.
She immediately slammed on her brakes, causing the car following behind her to ram into the back of her vehicle before swerving into the opposite lane of traffic, hitting an SUV head-on and causing it to rollover.
Surprisingly, no one was seriously injured. The driver of the SUV that rolled and the woman who initially slammed on her brakes were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries but released a short time later.
Authorities eventually identified the 11-year-old boy and his family, who were staying at a campground just down the road from where the accident happened. The boy’s grandmother had been driving and said she didn’t even know there had been an accident or that her grandson had been pointing the toy gun out the window.…
Police say that on Tuesday night, 55-year-old Henrietta Dickson either fell asleep or passed out in a designated parking space between two carport support pillars. When 55-year-old Fathima Masud returned home and pulled into the space, she did not see Dickson and accidentally parked on top of her.
Masud stated that she did notice a slight bump when she pulled in, but when she got out of her car to check, she found a tote bag full of clothing just behind her front left tire. Assuming that’s what she ran over and not seeing Dickson, who police say could only be seen from the front of the car, Masud went inside her home.
It wasn’t until the next morning that a passerby called police to report someone was sleeping underneath a car after they noticed Dickson’s hand sticking out from beneath the front of Masud’s car.…
CUSTER, SD – Fourth of July celebrations got off to a bad start when a South Dakota man choked to death while participating in a hot dog eating contest.
Walter Eagle Tail, 47, was competing with five others at an even organized by the Custer Chamber of Commerce at a local city park. The speed-eating contest was the start of Fourth of July weekend festivities, and one they’ve held for the last several years.
Witnesses say that once people realized Eagle Tail was choking on a hot dog, paramedics were called to the scene. “There was someone doing CPR when we arrived,” said Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler. “He probably just suffocated. It got lodged in his throat and they couldn’t get it out. It all happened within minutes.”
Eagle Tail was rushed to Custer Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Organizers decided to call off a pie-eating contest scheduled for the next day.
This may be the second story we’ve featured in 10 years that involved someone dying during an eating contest.…