Syracuse mother speaks out after falling televison set kills her toddler
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:00:14 GMT —
It was September 11, 2012 when Danielle Deming's life changed forever. Her precious two-year-old daughter, Amaya Beaudreault, died after she was crushed by a falling 32-inch television set.
Every parent's worst nightmare is now everyday life for Deming.
"Some days you just go from one thing to the next and it feels natural. Until bedtime. Because it's like I haven't heard mommy, you know? It's different," says Deming.
The evening when it happened, seemed like a normal night.
"We all sat down and started eating our pizza. And she was being goofy as always and as we finished up she said ok mommy I want to get Madagascar. That was her favorite movie," says Deming.
Then in an instant, her life changed forever. She heard a huge crash of the tv and ran in to find her daughter trapped underneath it.
"To see just her body from the neck down. And the tv laying on top of her. And I had to throw the tv off of her. And I tried to get her talk to me or to get her to respond. And she was pretty much gone by then," says Deming.
Looking back on the incident, Deming thinks Amaya opened the bottom drawer of the tv stand and stepped on it to try and put on the DVD. It altered the balance and caused the TV to fall on top of her.
Amaya was rushed to the hospital. But her mother knew she was already gone. She wasn't moving and barely had a pulse.
"It's like a catch 22. You don't want them to go. But it's the worst feeling in the world to see your child suffer. Even if it means going on without them," says Deming.
At the hospital, machines were the only thing keeping Amaya alive. When the machines finally fell silent, her mother was there, clinging to her last moment's with her little girl.
"I didn't want to leave. God I wanted to stay there forever. Running my fingers through her hair, touching her arm, kissing her forehead. Because it's hard knowing that's the last time you're ever going to get to hold them," says Deming.
Deming manages to keep her cool when people who don't know the situation have judged her and called her negligent.
"Anybody that comes at me at that angle I say I'm sorry you feel that way. And I hope you never have to go through what I go through. But if you have children, please look this up. Don't try to point fingers, that's not helping anybody. Learn from it," says Deming.
While Deming lives with heartache every single day, she is turning her grief into action, hoping to prevent other parents from losing the one thing that matters the most.