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Emmett Trap, aged 2, found dead this morning

August 4, 2010

UPDATE: 6:10 PM CT Investigators say the little boy indeed walked for up to 3 miles but was found a mile from home.  His little footprints led them directly to him and they were the only footprints around where he was found.   Still no word on exactly how he died.  This is coming from Jane Velez Mitchell who is saying she believes he fell into an abandoned mine or well and he was found lying in the mud.  What a tragic accident.



APSN is reporting that the two-year old Emmett Trap has been found dead about a mile from his home.

Trap’s body was found at around 11:30 am this morning.  Police have sealed off the area as a crime scene for investigative purposes.

Emmett was reported missing from his Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona home Monday night.  His mother told investigators that she was home with her 4 children when he disappeared.  She was taking an early evening nap when she awoke around 8:00 PM and discovered he had “wandered off.”  She said the dog apparently went with him but came back when she called his name.

No further information is available at this time.
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Heartwrenching.  Heartbreaking.  Beyond tragic. And a reminder to us all that you can’t take your eyes off your babies for even a minute in these times we live in.  We don’t know yet how this precious little fellow died, but I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t from natural causes.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family today.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. niecey456 permalink
    August 4, 2010 5:48 pm

    My heart just breaks for this family. It only takes a minute for one to get away, and every child is different. This is just such a tragedy. I truly hope he did not suffer. Praying for his family.

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    August 4, 2010 6:20 pm

    Mine, too, Niecey.

  3. Randy permalink
    August 4, 2010 7:01 pm

    I’m just so disgusted by the mother’s lack of supervision. Why didn’t she check to see if the doors were locked? Why wasn’t some type of alarm was set? I’m a parent of one and I would never, never, never feel comfortable enough to take a nap and not make sure that my child is safe. This is neglect!!!! The parent should be held fully responsible for this. This makes me lead to believe this parent took some type pills that you hear of all these “stay at home moms” are taking now-a-days. This might explain how irresponsible this parent acted. This is so sad, he didn’t even get to experience life because the mother needed a nap. Well lady…your child needed supervision!!!!My prayers do go out to the family, but my anger stays with the mother.

  4. Swift Justice permalink
    August 4, 2010 8:23 pm

    Rest in Peace sweet Emmett Trap.

    You were on loan to your family for a very short time and now you are sleeping with the angels. Fly little boy, fly high and fast.

  5. Spacely permalink
    August 5, 2010 10:10 am

    I am going to give the mother the benefit of the doubt on this one. I am the oldest of 5 siblings. Emmett has 3, for a total of 4 young children in one home being watched by one mother.

    My mom was a great mom, she was stay-at home for most of my growing up, she never took any medication that I know of, but I clearly remember some times when she was so tired, she couldn’t keep her eyes open. She liked to take cat naps of about 10-15 minutes once or twice a day while we were away at school or down for a nap ourselves. She always said that was enough to recharge her, but there were times when once her eyes closed, she was out for several hours.

    I am sure we have all been there. You only mean to sleep for a second, but once the eyelids droop, the next thing you know you are waking up late that night.

    Mothers of small children lead a life of sleepless nights and days of drudgery as they clean and cook and wash and teach life lessons and deal with fits and run kids back and forth to schools and activities.

    According to the news articles, she woke up, realized the child was missing, went into search mode immediately, called her husband, alerted the police. These are not the actions of a KC Anthony.

    I have lost kids I was watching while I was wide awake. You go out to the garage with the kid tagging along, start looking for something under the workbench or in a cabinet, turn around and the kid is gone. You go to the mall, get interested in a particular item, turn around and the kid is gone. Again, I am sure we have all been there.

    I’m not ready to cast any stones against the family in this case. The police may feel differently as they investigate and there may be child neglect charges to face, but from everything I am seeing, this is a mom like every other good mom I know. She has a lot of kids and she needed some sleep. She woke up to the worst nightmare of her life.

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    August 5, 2010 1:22 pm


    This little boy’s death I am sure will weigh heavily on his mother’s heart for the rest of her life. Very tragic. Watch out for your little ones, people! It only takes one error in judgement, one moment with your guard down for something like this to happen. It could happen to the most attentive of parents.

  7. itsamysterytome permalink*
    August 5, 2010 1:22 pm

    Swift Justice–That was beautiful!

  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    August 5, 2010 1:23 pm


    Thanks for sharing that, and I agree with what you said about the mom.

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