Toddler Survives Runaway Stroller Incident with Barely a Scratch

An Arkansas mom is certainly counting her blessings after her 22-month-old daughter’s stroller rolled down the steep embankment of an Arkansas cliff.

Toddler Survives Runaway Stroller Incident with Barely a Scratch
Rogers Fire Department / via Facebook

“My baby, I thought I had the brakes on on her stroller and it went down the hill and I followed her,” the frightened mother told the 911 dispatcher during her call to emergency personnel.

The call came in at about 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The stroller had run away from the mom and started rolling toward Lake Atlanta. It rolled down the embankment about 40 feet with the toddler strapped inside.

Luckily, a tree stopped the stroller from going into the water, and the child remained inside the stroller. She suffered a bloody nose, but otherwise appeared to be in perfect health.

“Not to overplay anything, it’s a bit of a miracle that the tree caught her just right and kept her from going into the water,” Rogers fire Capt. Josh

Chapman told NBC News on Friday. “You can call it luck, divine intervention, a miracle, whatever you like.”

The mother, who had chased after her child, suffered a broken ankle.

Firefighters secured her to a basket stretcher to pull her up. The child was hoisted back up the embankment by a rescuer.

Both are said to be doing well, and neither needed to visit the hospital after the incident.

Hopefully, we can all see this as that little reminder – the one that tells us to double and triple check when engaging the brake of a stroller. They can stick, especially on sloped surfaces, causing you to think the wheels are locked, even when they aren’t.


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Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done.

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