Thursday, April 03, 2008

Please Read and LEARN from this tragic accident

This precious angel's mother is on a group with me. His loss is devastating, but will hopefully teach others about furniture safety awareness.

Boy, 23 months, killed when dresser falls
Corey Halpin's parents said he was a 'loving' child.
Daily Record/Sunday News

Corey Halpin, who died Monday in an accident at his Dover Township home, loved wearing hats so he would always be ready if someone was going outside, his mother said.. (Submitted)The thing Gail Halpin will miss most about her young son Corey is the way he would lie next to her in bed early in the morning, kissing her and saying, "Mommy, Mommy."

Corey Halpin, just two weeks shy of his second birthday, died Monday at his home in Dover Township in what his mother called a "tragic accident."

Gail Halpin said her son was playing inside a dresser drawer in his room when the dresser fell over.

While reminiscing Tuesday about what she loved about her son, Gail Halpin also said she saw his death as a way to warn others about the dangers of unsecured furniture.

"If my dresser had been secured to the wall, he wouldn't have died," she said. "If his death can help save other little children, then that's something good."

Gail, 31, and husband Jim, 35, described Corey as "loving," always wanting to be kissed and hugged.

Corey spread that love to all of his family members, they said.

Sister Annagale, 8, would swing Corey around on her back.

Corey and brother Kaden, 3, would move his bed next to Corey's crib so they could be as close together as possible while they slept.

With his father, Corey would imagine he was on a roller coaster, hopping, twisting and turning on his dad.

He loved to play peek-a-boo.

He also wanted his sandals and "Gilligan's Island"-style hat on at all times because if he thought anyone was going outside, he wanted to go, too, Gail Halpin said.

Gail Halpin said that, about 6:30 p.m. Monday, she was at her Equestrian Drive home in Dover Township and had just put Corey and Kaden to bed. But the boys stayed up playing, she said.
Gail Halpin was in another part of the house when Kaden came to her and said, "Mommy, Corey's stuck."

She went right away and found Corey in the bottom drawer of a dresser. He was not moving.

She pulled him out, carried him into her kitchen and called 911.

Gail Halpin believes Corey's weight in the bottom drawer caused the dresser to tip over and that, when it did, it closed on his neck.

She said that, as a tribute to Corey, she plans to dedicate herself to keeping other children safe. A group of her online friends plans to start a Web site where they will offer straps to anchor furniture to walls to prevent them from falling, she said.


2China4Ayla said...

Oh Lisa, I am just so sad for this family. We do not have our dresser drawers secured to the wall.....but I will be asking Jason to do just that.

Mom To Six said...

Oh my gosh, tragic indeed. Thank you for sharing something so important, and one that had never occured to me.

I will pray for the family.

LaLa said...

Oh this breaks my heart. We have our tall bookshelves done but not dressers and they need to be done!

jiangxigirls said...

Oh how sad for this family. Our prayers go out to them. I will be having dh check all of the dressers asap.....

missy said...

This is so sad! Thank you for posting. What a brave family for sharing about Corey's accident. Hopefully his death will save others lives. So heartbreaking.

The Byrd Family said...

We do not have our secured to the wall either. What a tragic, tragic story. We will pray for this family.

Susan said...

Lisa, I think this is so important and thank you for posting this. I don't remember if I told you about our refrig. falling over ALMOST crushing John and E'beth. It was the grace of God that kept it from killing them. The construction workers didn't bolt it properly when they installed it (it came w/ the house). Its a very large top heavy one and when it happened we pulled out the instal. instructions and right on the front page in BOLD letters warning about this causing serious injury or death. If you don't mind, I'm going to put a link to your post about this on our blog.

Karen said...

Locomama, Wonderful post--I was thinking of writing something about little Corey and this accident as well, to help spread awareness.

Sue said...

So so sad.Will keep this family in our prayers. Thank you for posting this very important reminder!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this message. My heart breaks for the family that lost that sweet little one. Bill is putting up wall straps as I type. You can buy them at Toys R Us. They are made by Safety First.


Anonymous said...

His site is up.

Great resources. Wow!!

Jim said...

Thank you Lisa for posting this here. Every day I cry for my little man and still can't believe he is gone, I never will. I think I am slowly dying inside.

Gail, Corey's mommy

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