DECATUR, GA – Anthony Stokes received a life-saving heart transplant two years ago despite the teen initially being denied because of his behavior. On Tuesday afternoon he was killed during a high-speed car chase with police.
Stokes suffered from a dilated cardiomyopathy and was given less than a year to live. The condition causes his heart to pump blood insufficiently, and can lead to irregular heartbeats, blood clots or heart failure.
Doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta removed him off the heart recipient list because of “non-compliance.” At the time, doctors stated this was because he did not take his medication regularly and felt he would not follow the post transplant medication regimen.
His mother went to the media claiming the hospital took her son off the list because they were stereotyping him as a troubled teen. Despite the fact that Stokes had low grades at school, had brushes with the law, and wore a court-ordered monitoring device, his mother said he was a good kid.
National media coverage and pressure from civil rights groups lead to the hospital giving the kid a new heart in August 2013.…
HOLLYWOOD HILLS, CA — Andrew Getty, a grandson of J. Paul Getty, was found by his ex-girlfriend unconscious and naked from the waist down at his home, suffering from traumatic injuries to his rectal area.
Police received a 911 call Tuesday afternoon from Getty’s nutty ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Lanessa De Jonge, after she discovered Getty unconscious in his bathroom.
Firefighters responded and declared Getty deceased. According to a law enforcement source, Getty was naked from the waist down, and bleeding from some type of blunt-force trauma.
Detectives have instructed the coroner’s office not to publicly disclose details about the case or Getty’s injuries, but TMZ is reporting that the blunt force trauma was to Getty’s rectal area.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.” The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office echoed these sentiments, saying that tentative information reveals that Getty died of either natural causes or an accident.
TMZ is also reporting that the LAPD have been to Getty’s residence 31 times, mostly for domestic disturbances between Getty and his ex-girlfriend. …
THROOP, PA — Police say Stephen Woytack, 74, was killed by a falling headstone as he and his wife were decorating a family gravesite for Easter.
According to a caretaker at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Woytack and his wife travel from Scranton every year to decorate his mother-in law’s gravesite for Easter.
“They tie a cross to it every year,” said Ed Kubilus. “And after they’re done tying the cross, they stand there and say prayers and they leave.”
But this recent visit would be Stephen’s last. Throop police say that Woytack’s wife was tying a string to the headstone when it fell, landing on Woytack as he was kneeling on the other side.
Kubilus says the headstone probably fell because when the ground begins to thaw in the spring, some of the bases tilt and the stones on top can topple off.
Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton released this statement, seemingly surprised that anything tragic could happen around a holiday in which people celebrate a zombie crawling out of a tomb after dying nailed to a tree:
“It is unimaginable to think that a visit of a faithful couple to the grave of loved ones in anticipation of the celebration of Easter could have ended in such a tragic manner.…
MARTINEZ, CA – Lindsey Combs, 32, was killed in her driveway Monday afternoon when a truck carrying gravel tipped over onto her car, crushing her to death in front of her 4-year-old daughter.
A construction crew working on the road had asked Combs to pull her car up further into her driveway to make room for a gravel truck.
As Combs was moving her car, 20 tons of gravel inside the truck’s trailer shifted, causing the trailer to flip on top of Combs’ car as her 4-year-old daughter watched.
Members of the construction crew attempted to help Combs, but having 20 tons of anything land on top of you isn’t something you walk away from.
“Myself and the guys that were working on the side of the road were trying to dig her out,” Travis Hagerty said. “A guy with a backhoe came around and ripped the door off the car with the backhoe after he picked the trailer up. That’s when I looked in the car and saw she was smashed and dead.”
Cal/OSHA is now investigating the incident.…
GARLAND, TX – Police have taken a 12-year-old boy into custody for the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Matthew Cisneros, a death police initially thought was a suicide.
Back in February, police were called to a home where Cisneros was found dead from a gunshot wound with a gun lying near his body. According to Joe Harn with Garland Police, it wasn’t immediately certain if the shooting was self-inflicted.
But the resulting investigation revealed Cisneros and a 12-year-old friend were playing with the gun and that the younger boy wasn’t aware the gun was loaded when he pulled the trigger and fatally shot his friend.
The 12-year-old has been placed in custody and is now facing a manslaughter charge. I couldn’t find any details on how the boys got possession of the gun in the first place, but Texas law is pretty clear that anyone who allows a child to gain access to a loaded firearm can be charged with criminal negligence.
A friend of the Cisneros family has setup a GoFundMe page to help with the boy’s funeral expenses.…
PLANT CITY, FL – Izbella Bronson was killed after the A 2-year-old fell out of her great-grandmother’s minivan and was accidentally run over.
According to Hillsborough County deputies, Izbella Bronson was with 69-year-old Alice Barber in a 2008 Kia Sedona, waiting at the end of Barber’s private dirt driveway to pick up the girl’s brothers as they got off their school bus.
As Izbella’s 7-year-old brother ran ahead of the vehicle towards the house, Barber allowed Izbella and her 9-year-old brother to sit on the floor of the minivan with one of the side doors open as she proceeded back up the driveway.
“Sometimes, the kids would sit there and dangle their feet out and she would travel very slowly,” said HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon. “Unfortunately, this time on the way back, she obviously hit something that knocked the child out.”
Izbella ended up falling underneath the minivan and was ran over by one of the vehicle’s rear tires, which makes the entire story more horrific when combined with that “very slowly” portion of McKinnon’s statement.…
MANHATTAN – A woman was killed Tuesday afternoon as she walked down the street after being hit by a piece of plywood blown from a high-end condo constructions site.
The 37-year-old woman was chatting on her cell phone as she walked along W. 12th St. when wind tore a 4-foot by 8-foot piece of plywood from a nearby security fence surrounding the construction of some luxury condos.
The wood sailed across the street and struck the woman, slamming her head into the wall of a parking garage. She was rushed to the hospital but would die from her injuries. An official cause of death was pending an autopsy.
I find freak accidents like this fascinating, which is why you find so many on the site. We’ve reported on kids getting killed from signs falling in airports, women dying while puking out a car window, and even a woman who drowned while snow skiing after falling into a creek and having her helmet get lodged between two rocks.
Point being, you just never know when your, or someone you know, time is up.…
Apoka, FL – Trinity Bachmann, 13, was hit and killed by a car while sitting in the middle of the road throwing a temper tantrum.
The Apopka Memorial Middle School student was returning from the Central Florida Fair in Orlando with her mother, Janice Pedroza, 36, and a group of her friends. Bachmann, a rising member of the Future Farmers of America, was at the fair showing off her pig.
After stopping to drop off one of the kids, they began to fight over who was going to sit in the front seat. Bachmann became upset and walked away from the vehicle telling her mom she would rather walk the three miles home than get back in the car.
Dressed in dark clothing, Bachmann walked into the middle of a barely lit road and sat down. Her mother tried to force her off the road as a car approached, but they were too late.
Jackie Suggs who lives across the street from where the incident took place said, “We heard arguing going on and stepped outside.…
FRANKLIN, TN – Kristi Clark, 34, and her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley, were both killed Monday night after being struck by a semi on Interstate 65 while trying to help another family involved in a crash.
According to police, an SUV flipped after hitting some black ice just after 9:15 p.m. Kristi Clark and her son witnessed the accident and stopped to help the five people inside the SUV.
As the mother and son stood outside of their car on the side of the road, a passing semi was unable to stop in time and slid into the pair. Carter would die at the scene. Kristi would die shortly after at Williamson Medical Center.
Two of the passengers in the SUV were injured and listed in serious condition. The remaining three passengers were not injured.
“Kristi and her son, Carter, are heroes,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “These Good Samaritans put themselves in harm’s way to help a stranger. The goodness in their hearts that prompted them to do that will never be forgotten.”
Because of the extreme winter weather, Tennessee declared a Level III-State of Emergency on Monday night.…
CANTON, OH – Anthony Grove has been arrested after police say he threw a coffee mug during an argument with his wife, and fatally struck his two-month-old son in the head.
According to reports, Grove got into an argument with his wife as she held their son, Zeeland Grove. During the argument, the 33-year-old threw a ceramic coffee mug at the woman but ended up hitting his son in the head.
Grove’s wife took the baby and two other children to her mother’s home and called 911. Zeeland was taken to the hospital, but would die from serious head injuries at Akron’s Childrens Hospital the next morning.
Grove was subsequently arrested and charged with murder, child endangering and domestic violence. He is currently being held in the Stark County jail on $2.1 million bond.
Grove had just been released from a jail a month ago on a theft charges and was already wanted by police at the time of this incident for a failure to appear for arraignment on that theft case.…
Police responded to the girl’s home after receiving a 911 call about a child not breathing. When police arrived at the home, the found an adult administering CPR to the child. Medical personnel were unable to revive the girl and determined she had been dead for some time, said Sgt. John Delaney,.
Turns out that before the girl was put to bed that night, her family attempted to treat her lice by covering her head in mayonnaise and then placing a plastic shopping bag over her head. Sometime during the night, the bag slipped down over the child’s face, suffocating her.
No charges have been filed at this time, but an investigation is ongoing and the state Department of Children and Families has been notified.
This isn’t the first time a home remedy for lice has landed someone on DD. Back in 2013, police charged a mother with child abuse by injury after she poured gasoline on her 5-year-old daughter’s head to treat head lice, which then caught fire.…
ELMO, MO – An infant has died after his 5-year-old brother got his hands on a loaded gun and shot him in the head.
According to the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office, the mother of the two children called 911 to report her five-year-old son shot her infant in the head with a paintball gun.
But after law enforcement arrived at the location, they discovered that the infant had been shot in the head with a .22 caliber magnum revolver. The baby boy was flown to a Kansas City hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White said the infant was inside a playpen in a bedroom where the loaded gun was located on a shelf built into the headboard of a bed.
“At this point foul play is not suspected, and it appears at this time that the shooting was accidental,” said White.
Neighbor and family friend, Kathy Armentrout, said the mother was home alone with her five young sons at the time of the shooting. White said the gun belonged to a relative and that guns are common place in the area.…
NEW MILFORD, NJ – A 7-year-old boy was killed inside Berkley Street Elementary School when a folding table attached to a wall fell on his head during a recreational soccer practice.
The accident happened on Wednesday evening inside the school’s gym, which also acts as the school’s cafeteria. When not being used as a cafeteria, fold-down lunch tables and benches, constructed of wood and steel and weighing 100 pounds, are folded into the wall and anchored.
Brendan Jordan was playing with a soccer ball with six of his teammates when he approached one of these recessed benches. For reasons currently unknown, the bench fell out of the wall and struck Jordan in the side of his head. He immediately collapsed and a soccer coach, New Milford police officer Bryan Mone, began administrating CPR.
Despite his attempts, and the attempts of responding emergency services personnel, Jordan would be pronounced dead a short time later after being transported to Hackensack Medical Center.
It is not known if Jordan was messing with the bench before it fell, and School Superintendent Michael Polizzi admitted he didn’t know if the table had been locked properly.…
BRADENTON, FL – Police say 12-year-old Maxwell Grablin was crushed to death inside a home elevator shaft while looking for a pet hamster.
The incident happened on Saturday as Grablin, the son of Dr. Patrick Grablin, was looking for his pet hamster and went inside the elevator shaft.
Grablin was crushed to death when the elevator lowered from above, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said. When paramedics and fire rescue personnel arrived at the scene, Gablin was pronounced dead.
Authorities say the boy’s father was at home at the time and are describing the child’s death as “a tragic accident.”
The last story we featured on DD that involved a home elevator was back in 2010, and it was just as horrific as this one.
Sherwood Wadsworth, 90, and his 89-year-old wife, Caroline, got stuck between the second and third floor of their home while inside their home elevator.
They had no way to call for help and could only hope someone would find them.
Someone did, but the couple had already been dead for a few days.…
HAYDEN, ID – Veronica Rutledge was inside a Walmart when she was accidentally shot and killed by her 2-year-old boy after he reached into her purse and her concealed gun fired.
The shooting occurred on Tuesday at around 10:20 a.m. as Rutledge, 29, was shopping with her son and three other children, said Kootenai County sheriff’s spokesman Stu Miller.
The boy was in a shopping cart when he reached into his mother’s purse and pulled out a small-caliber handgun. The gun fired once and Rutledge, who had a concealed weapons permit, was fatally struck.
“It appears to be a pretty tragic accident,” Miller said.
Rutledge’s husband showed up to the store shortly after the shooting. All of the children were taken to a relative’s house.
Rutledge’s father-in-law, Terry Rutledge, told The Associated Press that Rutledge “was a beautiful, young, loving mother” and was “not the least bit irresponsible.” I beg to differ.
Look, I’m all for people being able to carry a concealed firearm. Hell, I’m a concealed weapons permit holder myself.…
Belvoir was at the attraction with his 25-year-old daughter celebrating Christmas one day early because his daughter wanted to spend Christmas day with her boyfriend.
His daughter had already completed the rope course and watched as her father fell from the highest point of the course and landed on the cement floor 30-feet below.
Emergency responders administered CPR on Belvoir and rushed him to Dr. Phillips Hospital, but he would later die from his injuries.
No official word on what the major malfunction was, but reports say Belvoir was still in his harness when he landed and that the disconnect was from where the harness attached to the ride.
“He was still hooked on his harness, but the little thing that it goes into is what came out of. The actual ride piece itself. There’s little sliders,” said Lt. Lovetta Quinn-Henry of the Orlando Police Department.…
Bartow, Fl – April Rollison, 31, died one week after she was taken to the hospital to have a glass crack pipe removed from her vagina.
Rollison was arrested last week on drug charges and was taken to the Polk County Jail. While being booked, a body scan revealed two unidentified objects were stashed inside her vagina. She was then transported to Bartow Regional Medical Center to have the objects removed.
Before she was examined, Rollison told the nurse she had to use the bathroom. While the nurse went to retrieve a bedpan, the deputy that escorted her to the hospital stepped behind a curtain to give her some privacy.
That’s when police believe Rollison removed a prescription pill container containing two grams of crack from her ham wallet and ingested the drugs. Police do not know if Rollison ingested the cocaine orally, or if it was absorbed inside her vagina.
When the nurse and deputy returned, they would find the empty pill bottle on the floor, along with a white substance later identified as cocaine.…
TWIN FALLS, ID – Neighbors say that while her two sons died inside a burning trailer, Heather Green tried comforting them from outside.
On Monday night, Heather Green stepped outside of the trailer she lived in with her three young children at the High Desert RV Park. While outside of the trailer having a smoke, she played a game with one of her sons.
He would push the trailer door toward her from inside the trailer, and she would push it back. On one of these push backs, the trailer door shut and was locked from the inside. Not long after, Green saw that the trailer was on fire.
Green tried to get her 4-year-old daughter to unlock the door, but she was unable to do so. Green started screaming for help and neighbors rushed over in an attempt to break into the trailer.
Unable to get in through the door, Gary Zimmers broke a window and started feeling around inside and was able to grab Green’s daughter and pull her out.…