Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Sad Story

Toddler Crawled to "Comfort Zone" to Die

In his last moments of life, 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan picked up his blanket and crawled to a chair police later said was his "comfort zone."

It should have been a place where Benjamin would be safe, but police say the woman assigned to care for him at a Lincolnshire day care center, has admitted she killed the little boy by throwing him on the ground on Wednesday.

Lincolnshire police investigator Adam Hyde said after the incident, Benjamin picked up his blanket and his pacifier and went to his favorite bouncy chair, where he was found cuddled up and unresponsive less than half-an-hour later.

Police said the Minee-Subee Day Care Center in Lincolnshire was licensed and had a spotless record.

But they said 22-year-old Melissa Calusinski, an employee at the center, has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $5 million bond.

- Associate Press

The twin sister of 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan was in the room when an aide allegedly threw the toddler to the floor of a Lincolnshire day-care center, fatally injuring him, friends and relatives said Monday.

With visitation for the toddler set for today, his parents must not only grapple with losing a child but with how to support a "twinless twin."

- Chicago Sun Times

In lieu of flowers, the Kingan family asks that donations be made to the WINGS domestic violence shelter where the boy’s mother worked, at

- Chicago Sun Times

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