Compromised Safety of FLDS Children
On April 18, the St. George Spectrum ran this article and the Trib picked it up a couple of days ago:
CEDAR CITY – A four-wheeler accident on Wednesday involving five girls ages 9 and under left one girl in guarded condition at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
The girls were transported by ambulance to Valley View Medical Center, and one was airlifted to Primary Children’s after being revived and in serious condition, according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.
A public relations official from Primary Children’s said Saturday afternoon that the child remained under guarded condition, meaning she was not critical but also not yet stable.
According to an ICSO incident report, the five children were riding on a Yamaha Rhino near their Beryl homes when the driver, age 9, crashed into a tree.
Deputies said in the report that on arrival, all the victims were not found at the scene of the incident, and had to be located to be treated at the hospital.
Deputies also noted that a crowd of at least 30 people surrounded the incident on arrival, with some bystanders taking pictures.
A description of the Rhino noted the driver’s seat was no longer attached to the frame, and large impact dents were present in the vehicle bed and roll bar.
The incident occurred on the property of the Harker Compound, residence of members of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, according to deputies.
Two witnesses contacted public safety officials upon seeing the incident, according to the report.
The owner of the Rhino was not in Beryl when the incident occurred and resides in Hildale, according to the report, and deputies spoke to the mother of the child driver who said she had been watching the children.
Sheriff Mark Gower said he responded to VVMC to see the victim and mother, and at the time did not think the injured girl who was airlifted would live.
Gower said the County Attorney has requested to review the case, but no charges have yet been filed.
“I believe there is negligence involved,” Gower said.
After reading some discussion in the comments here, a reader sent these recent photographs taken in Short Creek.
10 year old boy riding 4-wheeler on road. Note lack of helmet and protective gear.
13 kids ages 2 through 14, riding in open pick-up bed
6 kids on the 4-wheeler pulling out into oncoming traffic
3 kids ages 8 to 16. Note the chainsaw.
Apparently it is common practice to allow very young children to operate dangerous motor vehicles and other equipment without supervision. There are laws about the minimum age for operation of four-wheelers, and there are also laws prohibiting children under a certain age from riding in the back of an open pick-up bed. Not that the law means anything to the adults in this community ….
This brings to mind an early report that there were an unusually high number of broken bones among the children taken into custody after the YFZ Rescue (attempt). It is not difficult to understand why that is the case.