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Davenport Child Dies


Damion ruble was going to turn two in two months. 

He was going to celebrate Christmas on Tuesday. 

He was going to be a brother, a son, and a grandson. 

But now, after a horrific accident, he won't get that chance. 

Damion Ruble died on December 20th after he pulled a television down off a dresser, crushing and killing him.

"I heard a big boom. I opened the door, my girlfriend just fell, holding him. I just took him in my arms, just shaking him, trying to get him conscious," said David Ruble, Damion's father. "I don't know how it hit him, where it hit him but that TV fell and... It was over."

Damion was pronounced dead at his house. 

But while his family mourns, they believe his death can teach a lesson. 

"If you have a TV set in your child's room, playroom, basement.. Secure them. Screw em' down. What ever you have to do because something can happen so fast," says Damion's Grandma, Donna Bengston. "Something can happen so fast and there is nothing you can do about it."

With Damion's death coming so close to Christmas, his family will not only be handing out advice to parents but presents to children.. Damion's presents. 

"He never got to see a really nice Christmas," adds David. "So, I'm going to bring all his gifts to the service and if there are any kids there, they are going to help him (Damion) unwrap them."

Over the last decade, 43,000 children under the age on nine have been hurt by falling televisions or furniture. 

Every 45 minutes, a child is taken to the hospital for the same reason - most under the age of five. 


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