Investigations take time, even when a toddler is killed

December 8 – After news broke yesterday of the death of a 15-month-old child on train tracks in South Newton Township, a number of people began immediate speculation on what happened. 

But without police reports being released, we won’t have the actual answers. 

It’s important to remember that despite what we might see on procedural crime dramas on television, actual investigations take time. 

And that time is often critical to collect all the details and the facts. 

Rushing something like this could result in an even more tragic outcome than we’ve already experienced. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll reminded, “We don’t know the backstory here. This was in Cumberland County. Tragic anyway you cut it, but people in general should reserve what happened here until we know. I mean, how did this toddler get on the train tracks? Was he just not supervised? Was there something else going on? I think by the end of the weekend, maybe even today, we’re going to see a more extensive report on what happened. If there was negligence and that’s a big if, there could be charges filed. On the other hand this could have been a complete accident in which case no one’s going to be responsible for this. It’s just a terrible tragedy.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “How many parents, me included, think back to their or have children that age and think back there but for the grace of God go I? I don’t think there’s any parent that didn’t have at least one episode where they just think thank God nothing bad happened. Now there’s a train track in their backyard, that might, say, extra scrutiny, but my cousin died in a pool in the backyard, which was all gated up around this, and it was a child’s pool for heaven’s sake, and it still happened.”