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The Tyson Tragedy

SS Member Image By drodriguez 06.03.09
The Tyson Tragedy
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We were all deeply saddened recently to hear the reports of Exodus Tyson, Mike Tyson’s 4-year-old daughter’s, accidental death.  It has been confirmed that Exodus Tyson died after getting a treadmill cord wrapped around her neck.  Since the news hit many people have begun to question the safety of having exercise equipment in homes with children. 

A recent article from the New York Times reported that somewhere around 25,000 children pay a visit to the emergency room every year due to an injury related to home exercise equipment.  Many of the injuries reported are severe burns caused by children touching underneath the track of a treadmill in motion. 

Australian hospitals have seen so many children coming in with burns from treadmills that their government has launched a campaign called “Treadmills and Kids Don’t Mix”.  As a new safety measure, all new treadmills in Australia will come with a large sticker warning parents of the dangers it may pose to small children.  But is a sticker enough?

The New York Times article advises that parents should keep exercise equipment in the locked position and unplugged.  The equipment should be set up in a way so that a parent can see where the children are from every angle.  A couple of mirrors positioned in the right way may be a good option in order to get a clear view of children approaching. 

Do you think Exodus Tyson’s death was just a freak accident or something that should be explored further?

What do you think can be done to keep kids safe around exercise equipment?

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  • Elmosgirl2005 By Elmosgirl2005

    It does cause concern for children, It's a horrible tradgedy. Although many say it could've easily been avoided by the proper "secruity". But for those with children you know yourselves if a child wants something they have no problem going to extremes to get it. Children aren't dumb they can figure out how to unlock the door, how to climb the security gate, they can easily turn into monkeys to get the cookie jar off the counter and into their hands. Not everything thing can be fully prevented. But like many wise men and woman have said, " It never hurts to try". I don't believe in a situation as heart breaking and innocent as this one it's really not fair to basically, call the parents murders. This could've happened to anyone, and if it were me I'd blame myself but it would be easier to deal with the pain if the whole world were'nt blaming me also.

  • mistytwh By mistytwh

    A child of any age can and may get into some kind of trouble, I feel it is up to us as parents to guide them and watch them, even if they do not like it.

  • RHibbard By RHibbard

    I have to agree that the treadmill isn't necessarily what's to blame here; it's all about supervision! Children like to play with stuff and will put it around their necks, whether they're pretending it's a glamorous scarf or a dangerous snake. Small children have to be watched at all times! Even if you work at home, if your focus has to be on your work, hire a nanny! It can make all the difference!

  • woogoo By woogoo

    My heart truly goes out to the Tyson family. This is a most unfortunate accident. Hopefully others will learn from this accident. Please keep a more watchful eye on your children. Life is truly precious.


    In good faith I believe this to be an accident. I do think that she should not of had access to the equipment at all.

  • jan866 By jan866

    i keep reading "parents should lock up exercise equipment". GMAB -- most treadmills are either kept in the basement, or maybe a bedroom. I doubt many of us have locked exercise rooms. Treadmills are not real portable. very tragic accident.

  • itsallbehindme By itsallbehindme

    this is a very sad subject...also one that requires all of us to be alert. we need to keep a more closer eye on our children and be sure to wrap up loose cords and to nail down loose floor board nails...basically taking every precaution to protect the ones we love.

  • kjwkcoleman By kjwkcoleman

    I am sympathetic to this story. Any parent will find it hard to lose a child. I hate this happened to him and the child's mother. It makes me keep a more careful eye on my child. Especially if she is out of my view for more than a minute.

  • JEM4612 By JEM4612

    I agree that sometimes people don't watch their children like they should, but to assume that the mother was at fault for the child dying is mean and judgemental. Unless people personally know the mother and her supervising habits, then they have no room to speak. We always kept free weights in the house when my boys were little, but they were in a room that the boys were not allowed to go into without supervision. If we didn't have a spare room, they would have gone in the garage.

  • calichristy2 By calichristy2

    Ive always been careful with my exercise equipment and my kids... I keep it in a seperate locked room because i was always afraid that the same equipment i use could be folded up to take less place could also fall and take something i care about, whether it be a child or an animal.. You have to watch all of your equipment anything can be dangerous. I feel this was an unforeseen accident and how terrible it was.

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