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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by hooligan, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Or really even if you don't please check out my sisters blogspot about her daughter Aslyn. http://www.foraslyn.blogspot.com/

    their story:

    The parents of a 1-year-old girl who died after her baby sitter left her in a car won a $2 million award in a Honolulu court yesterday.

    Circuit Judge Glenn Kim awarded $2,067,802 to Timothy and Deona Ryan, parents of Aslyn Ryan, who died at Kapiolani Medical Center on Feb. 7, 2004.

    In what they said was a search for meaning in the girl's death, the Tucson, Ariz., couple became activists to prevent the death of children left unattended in vehicles, calling it a "profound issue."

    "We opted to use our daughter as our spokesperson for this," said Timothy Ryan, who now works for the U.S. Geological Survey in Arizona. "We'd just like to prevent another family from suffering the loss that we have suffered that is totally 100 percent preventable."

    Added his wife, Deona, who is in her 40s, "It's tragic. It's horrible that anyone would have to endure this, and we don't want anyone to have to suffer the pain that we had. It's a more profound issue than we think."

    The couple started the nonprofit group Hot Spot in 2005 to protect children from vehicular hyperthermia and heatstroke. Ryan said about 355 children have died from vehicular hyperthermia since 1998. The number is likely underreported since there is no nationwide source for such deaths, she said.

    Aslyn Ryan died a week after her first birthday.

    At the time, Timothy Ryan was an Air Force tech sergeant at Hickam Air Force Base. The couple found their baby sitter, Shawna Akin, from a Hickam Family Child Care Center's list of approved baby sitters.

    According to the family, Akin, who was in her mid-30s at the time, left Aslyn Ryan in the back seat of her car for 50 minutes while running errands. She called 911 after noticing that the girl was "hot and limp and had gasping respirations."

    Ryan was taken to Kapiolani, where she was reported to have brain swelling and died two days later.

    Two days before her death, Ryan was "happy, vibrant and healthy and was not demonstrating any signs of any illness," according to court documents. The Medical Examiner's Office reported she died of "hyperthermia due to probable environmental exposure."

    Akin eventually admitted leaving Ryan in the car, the parents' attorney said. Akin has since left Hawaii for Wyoming. There was no criminal charge against her.

    The Ryans said there are 12 states that have laws making such action illegal, but Hawaii is not one, which they hope to change.

    While the couple believe they will not receive any of the money from Akin, who would not have the ability to pay, they hope the court victory will help deter other children's deaths.

    They will meet with Gov. Linda Lingle's office tomorrow to lobby for their education program and a possible law designed to protect children.

    "We don't have a future with that child anymore," Deona Ryan said. "What we have to do is to work now to create a future for other people's children and make sure this doesn't happen to them."

    If you leave comments please tell her you read her story on Backyard Chickens.

    Thank you.​
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    A very touching story. [​IMG]
  3. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    Poor Aslyn... [​IMG] She died on my birthday...
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    [​IMG] Things like this are why my boys have never had a babysitter... I can't even imagine the pain her family went through.
  5. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    It was really awful. My sister had a son (who is fine btw [​IMG] ) but it took 18 years for her to conceive Aslyn and then she was taken away so soon.
    I'm not sure if the website have many pix of her but here are some I have:




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  6. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Songster

    May 26, 2007
    That is heart breaking....I had not heard of the story till now, sorry you all had to go thru that. Her pictures are adorable....poor baby. [​IMG]
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    What a doll baby. I really hate to hear stories like this. Your sister must be a very strong person.
  8. bamagirl68

    bamagirl68 Songster

    Sep 3, 2007
    central alabama
    I am very sorry for the loss your family has suffered. She was such a beautiful little girl! May God be with you all.
  9. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    This story should also send the message out to parents, that it is a good idea for mom's to stay home with their kids. I love the fact that I can stay home with mine, knowing they are safe with me makes me happy. My oldest daughter b-day is Feb. 7th. Such a sad story.
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  10. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member 10 Years

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Quote:(Let's not turn this thread into a traditional gender roles soapbox. It's cool that you took that path for yourself, but not everyone wants to or is able to. It's just good in general to make sure your children are in good, safe, aware and iNFORMED hands, whether that is mom, dad, grandma, or a trusted neighbor or friend).
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2008

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