Re: Father Makes 11 and 12 yr old Walk 10 miles, One Dies of Hypothermia
- From: "tiny dancer" <tinydancer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 17:45:45 -0500
"comadrejo" <comadrejoagua@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
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Father of 11-year-old hypothermia victim charged
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- The father of an 11-year-old girl who died,
likely of hypothermia, after trying to walk 10 miles in the snow on
Christmas Day has been charged with second-degree murder and felony
injury to a child.
Robert Aragon, 55, of Jerome, made an initial appearance Monday in 5th
District Court, where Judge Mark Ingram appointed a public defender for
him. The judge denied Aragon's request to lower his $500,000 bond. He
was being held in the Blaine County Jail.
Aragon was emotional during the short hearing. He banged his head on
defendant's table as Ingram read the charges against him, The
reported. After Ingram noted that second-degree murder carries a
penalty of life in prison, Aragon said "Oh my God" as he banged his
on the table one final time.
Sage Aragon and her 12-year-old brother, Bear, were with their father
Thursday when his truck got stuck in a snow drift near state Highway
north of Shoshone in southcentral Idaho, according to the Lincoln
The children live with Aragon in Jerome and he was taking them to visit
their mother, JoLeta Jenks, in West Magic.
After the truck got caught in the snow, authorities allege Aragon let
the children out to walk to their mother's house while he and another
adult stayed behind to free the vehicle.
Jenks said she called Aragon because she was concerned after no one
arrived at her home on Thursday. Aragon had driven back to Jerome after
letting the kids out to walk to her house, Jenks said.
"They didn't even call me, telling me they were walking," she told the
Jenks called the police and a Blaine County search and rescue team
the boy at a rest area near the highway shortly before 10 p.m. on
Adults in the search effort described the snow as knee-deep for them.
The boy was found wearing only long underwear, Blaine County Sheriff
Walt Femling said in a news release. Apparently delusional from
hypothermia, the child had discarded his jacket, pants and shoes, the
sheriff's office said. He was treated and released at a nearby
The rest area was about 4.5 miles from where the children started
At some point the children separated and their mother said her son told
her they disagreed about whether to keep going or turn back.
"(Bear) kept on telling her: 'Let's go, Sage, let's go, Sage,'" Jenks
said, recalling what her son told her. "She said, 'No, I'm going
The little girl was found about 2.7 miles from where the two set out,
barely visible under windblown, drifting snow when search dogs located
her along a local road about 2 a.m. Friday.
She was wearing a brown down coat, black shirt, pink pajama pants and
tan snowboots, the sheriff's office statement said.
"I thought she was alive because they said they found her," Jenks said.
"I was excited."
The girl was pronounced dead at a Ketchum hospital; preliminary autopsy
results indicate she died of hypothermia.
Officials say temperatures in the area at the time the girl was missing
ranged from 27 degrees above zero to minus 5.
Jenks and Aragon are not married. While she said she doesn't understand
the decision Aragon is accused of making in letting the children walk
her house, Jenks added, "I don't need to sit and yell. I know he's
through hell right now."
What a freakin monster. I can't believe that bitch mom is sticking up
for him! What's the matter with these women!
Having another gr-r-r-r-r moment.
See, this is where I try not to be sexist, but I find myself thinking
(again) - stupid f'ing woman. Put the man before her children AGAIN.
Sorry Nancy R, I do try not to be sexist, but sometimes women are more
prone to certain things AFAICT, and looking the other way while some guy
abuses their children is one of them. I hate to even walk the distance
of my driveway to take out the trash when it is that cold, let alone
walk and distance. It must have been very painful and scary for those
children over a relatively long period of time.
I wouldn't make a judgement on Joleta Jenks from the little
information on this article. She said one quote that can be interpreted
in a couple different ways.
As long as there is no *palin* connection, it's permissible.
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