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Child killed near Clinton Wal-Mart

Posted November 16, 2008
Updated November 17, 2008

— A 3-year-old died Sunday after being run over in the parking lot of a Clinton Wal-Mart.

Police said the child ran off as the mother was loading groceries into her car before 3 p.m.

The Fayetteville Observer on Monday reported that the child was Jahmre Robinson, of Roseboro.

Jahmre ran into a lane of traffic in the Sunset Avenue lot, tripped and fell underneath the back tire of a passing vehicle, witnesses told police.

The driver of the car was not speeding, according to witnesses. No charges have been filed. The child died at Sampson Regional Hospital, police said.

Police withheld the names of the child and driver. Officers said they would reconstruct the accident as part of their investigation.


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  • caw911 Nov 17, 2008

    I was there when the accident happened. Just before it happened the little boy was playing with two other little boys. It was horrible to see that child behind the truck. Everyone rushed to help. I know the lady that hit him. She is a wonderful woman who will never be able to forget this accident that she couldn't prevent. She was driving looking for a parking place and the next thing you know a child falls at the back of her truck. Please for everyone involved: the family, the driver, and everyone that witnessed the accident and tried to help. Remember things can happen in a split second.

  • mom2threecld Nov 17, 2008

    i ALWAYS put the child in the car in the carseat before i put anything else in the car. i can replace what is in the cart if it gets gone, i cannot replace my darling little boy. prayers to the family

  • deadhead Nov 17, 2008

    Rev. RB & all

    The story itself teaches the lesson, not 20-30 people saying "Now, see, that's why I always put my child in the car seat first, etc." It isn't helpful at that point...it then becomes bashing the parent whose moment of negligence (and we've all had them...even the good dr. dataclerk) cost her child's life.

    BTW...I would be very curious to know how you fit 5 children into a FULL cart on the way out of Wal-mart to carry them back to the car? Not that it has any bearing on the story...just wondering how that was safely accomplished...

  • familyfour Nov 17, 2008

    How horrible....

    My kids hate it....but they know...if I can't hold your hand...you hold my pocket....and they are 8 and 5. I have no intention of changing my rules anytime in the near or distant future.

    I am so sorry for this parent. It only takes a split second for terrible things to happen. I try not to have many of those moments. Unfortunatley, a tragedy is inevitable, and is never any further away than the blink of an eye.

    May we all gather something from this. Our daily lives seem so mundane and hectic, and loading the kids can be a chore...but it is one I pray I always have.

    My prayers for the family.

  • trianglerelic Nov 17, 2008

    Thank god it wasn't an SUV that hit him. The Headline would certainly have read "SUV Kills Child near Clinton Wal-Mart".....

    Unfortunately, accidents do happen and even the most careful parent can't prevent them all. It's still sad....

  • Adelinthe Nov 17, 2008

    deadhead & all -

    Maybe this isn't parent bashing; maybe it's just suggestions from those who know or who have learned better ways.

    Who knows!?! Maybe something shared here may save another child's life.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Nov 17, 2008

    Listen! I was a registered nanny in NC for years. I often had 5 children under the age of 3 at a time. When I got to a parking lot, I parked as close to a cart or the cart corral as I could. Then I loaded them straight from their car seats into an empty cart and ferried them across the parking lot.

    Did they always like it? No! They often cried and complained cause they wanted to run around. But it wasn't an option, and afrter the first three to five trips, they learned that and accepted it.

    We're suppose to be their coaches and guides, and yet we let too much of their behavior up to them, as if we expect them to learn by photosynthesis like they're plants.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Dr. Dataclerk Nov 17, 2008

    What up with the caps? No need for the hollering.

    May we all that have small children learn something from this.

  • Adelinthe Nov 17, 2008

    Not meaning to bash because we don't know the entire story here - but every single day, I see parents walking through parking lots and across streets without a single hand on their children.

    At Penny Road Elementary, we see children running across this busy street to get from their parent's car to the school, and vice versa. Their parents trail along behind them, often not paying attention to the traffic themselves.

    The speed limit there is 45 mph. What the devil are these adults thinking???

    They have their dog on a leash, but let the kids run loose.


    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Nov 17, 2008

    That's why my kids were always buckled in before I dealt with the purchases.

    Praying for the loved ones of this child. Poor thing!

    God bless.

    Rev. RB