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Falling TV kills boy, family wants to prevent future accidents

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A tragic accident has left a Shreveport family in grief and tears. Their young son was killed when a TV tipped over and crushed him. They want to share their story as way to prevent a similar accident in your home.

"He always had a smile on his face," Taylor Griffin said. "I don't think I'd ever seen him crying."  He and his wife Brittany Griffin say their son Jackson was a loving and sweet kid in his own way. The four-year-old died this past week in an accident his parents never imagined could happen.

"You never thought a 35 pound kid would have enough weight to pull all that down on top of him," Griffin said.

Griffin says his son was climbing on furniture when the dresser and TV tipped over, crashing down on him. Jackson suffered major head injuries and later passed away at LSU Hospital. His accident isn't uncommon.

"In 2011, every ten days a child died from at TV tipping over," Donna Cavanaugh with ThinkFirst said.

In fact, a falling TV sends a child to the ER every 45 minutes, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Cavanaugh says such accidents can be prevented if parents secure their TVs to the walls.

"Or if it's on a piece of furniture, the lower it is the better it is," Cavanaugh said. "So, use straps or some type of bracket to make it stable on that furniture so it doesn't tip-over and fall on anyone." She says brackets should be used to mount that furniture to the wall, as well.

The Griffins say they hope other parents learn from their loss, but believe Jackson lives on through organ donations.

"I just feel like that's what God wanted him to do, was save other kids," Brittany Griffin said.

"If he could live on in anyway, we wanted to do it," Taylor Griffin said. "That's the best way we know how. The main thing we wanted was his heart, and some little kid out there has his heart. We know that his sweetness is going to rub off on that kid. Hopefully, one day we'll come across it." 

Cavanaugh also warns those without children to be prepared if some pay a visit. The Griffins say they'll have funeral services for Jackson on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

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