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Dad charged after girl dies on cold walk

December 30, 2008

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— An Idaho man has been charged with second-degree murder after his 11-year-old daughter died walking in the snow after their vehicle got stuck.

Fifty-five-year-old Robert Aragon of Jerome banged his head on the table Monday in court.

Sage Aragon and her 12-year-old brother, Bear, were being driven to their mother’s house in West Magic on Christmas when the truck got stuck in the snow.

Authorities say the father let the children out to walk the 10 miles to their mother’s house. They say he drove back to Jerome after freeing his vehicle.

The worried mother called police. The boy was found that day and survived, and the girl’s frozen body was found the next morning.

Temperatures ranged from 5 degrees below zero to 27 above.

Comments

bondmen 6 years, 8 months ago

Divorce destroys families, this we know but why would she marry a jerk like him in the first place. Women need to do a better job of selecting marriage mates. Some men say the words women want to hear, not meaning what they say, so they can have their way, if you know what I mean. Some men deserve to be alone!

KSChick1 6 years, 8 months ago

"why would she marry a jerk like him in the first place. Women need to do a better job of selecting marriage mates."What an idiotic post from bondmen!!! I'm truly shocked! It takes 2 people and if one is an a** and one is in love, why is it only her responsibility to "pick a better marriage mate"? Why can't it be his responsibility to not be a jerk!And, I'm sure she never married him or even divorced him thinking that he would be this selfish and callous, to let the daughter out of the truck to die in the cold.Bondmen, your post implies that the daughter's death is the mother's fault fault because she married someone and had kids with him when he was capable of doing something like this.Is that right? Can you be that obtuse?

Sharon Aikins 6 years, 8 months ago

Why on earth would a father leave his children out in those temperatures, and snow bad enoughfor him to get stuck in, a good 10 miles away from their mother's house? If he was able to get his vehicle out, why didn't he just keep them with him and take them back with him if he couldn't make it. They would have survived the disappointment but only one survived his stupidity or selfishness. Even if he hadn't been able to get out, they would have had a better chance with three of them together sharing body heat and some protection in the vehicle. Surely their mother would have become concerned and called for help when they didn't show up.

tin 6 years, 8 months ago

As a father I can't imagine doing such a thing. A dads suppose to protect and take care of his kids. I say like punishment for the crime, make this scum bag walk to jail with no shoes or a coat in the same weather.

Christine Anderson 6 years, 8 months ago

Exactly, Redmoon. I hope he is convicted. Then once he goes to prison, hopefully the other inmates will teach him a lesson.

SMe 6 years, 8 months ago

The mind boggles at the stupidity of some people. How could any adult not allow but make his children walk approximately ten miles in knee deep snow while he remains behind with another adult male to try to get the vehicle unstuck?

Leslie Swearingen 6 years, 8 months ago

No way am I going to believe that two kids asked to walk ten miles. Why didn't the father keep them in the truck and then all go back home? Who is this other adult? The article doesn't say it was a male. Apparently, the two of them went back to town and just forgot about the two kids. The mother is not mad at him. This is like the woman who "jumped ship".What is going on?

Leslie Swearingen 6 years, 8 months ago

MSNBC had a little more information about it. This is where I got the information about the other adult. Why was the article in the Journal so sparse?"After the truck got caught in the snow, authorities allege Aragon let the children out to walk to their mother's house while he and another adult stayed behind to free the vehicle.Jenks said she called Aragon because she was concerned after no one arrived at her home on Thursday. Aragon had driven back to Jerome after letting the kids out to walk to her house, Jenks said."They didn't even call me, telling me they were walking," she told the Times-News.Jenks called the police and a Blaine County search and rescue team found the boy at a rest area near the highway shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday night.Adults in the search effort described the snow as knee-deep for them.The boy was found wearing only long underwear, Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling said in a news release. Apparently delusional from hypothermia, the child had discarded his jacket, pants and shoes, the sheriff's office said. He was treated and released at a nearby hospital.The rest area was about 4.5 miles from where the children started walking.At some point the children separated and their mother said her son told her they disagreed about whether to keep going or turn back."(Bear) kept on telling her: 'Let's go, Sage, let's go, Sage,'" Jenks said, recalling what her son told her. "She said, 'No, I'm going back.'"Pajama pantsThe little girl was found about 2.7 miles from where the two set out, barely visible under windblown, drifting snow when search dogs located her along a local road about 2 a.m. Friday. She was wearing a brown down coat, black shirt, pink pajama pants and tan snow boots, the sheriff's office statement said."Gives you a slightly different picture, doesn't it?

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