Girl Dies After Crashing Through Glass Coffee Table

An 11-year-old Rhode Island girl died from injuries caused when she crashed through a glass coffee table in her home.

Police say Christiana Sarty was home alone Thursday with her
8-year-old sister when she either fell or jumped through the table in their apartment in Providence.

The glass punctured her leg and Christiana collapsed after the two girls ran out looking for help. A neighbor called emergency rescuers.

Police say the 11-year-old girl died of blood loss at Hasbro Children's Hospital.

It was unclear Friday where the girls' mother was when the accident occurred. A police official said she was too distraught to provide details to detectives.

The 8-year-old was taken into custody by the state's child welfare agency for physical and emotional evaluation.


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  • by RS Location: WC on Dec 17, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    Dawn, with all due respect, no one is asking the 11 yr. old here to sign a contract. The mother, who obviously knows her children better than we, thought she was responsible enough to stay in the relative safety of their own home without an adult for a period of time. This is the type of accident that could never be predicted and probably not avoided. Who's to say that the same thing wouldn't have happened if the mother had been there?
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on Dec 16, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    GOOD POSTING RS!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    The legal age is 7 years old in North Carolina that a child can stay home alone for up to 2 hours. My children are 14 and 10, they stay home alone at night while im in school and their father works. Maturity level does have a lot to do with it, but its not against the law.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    Great, take her sister into state custody and mess with her head even more
  • by Dawn Location: Dillsboro on Dec 15, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    RS,Just how "mature" do you think an 11 yr old must or can be at that age? No way is he/she going to be capable of making adults decisions.That's why they are children until 18.
  • by Sarah Location: fayetteville, nc on Dec 15, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    I have actually called the sheriffs office and asked them what age to be left home, b/c i have a 11 and a 12. and they said depends on the maturity of the child. so the mother did not do anything wrong by letting this 11 y old stay home.
  • by RS Location: WC on Dec 15, 2008 at 10:17 AM
    Dawn, there is no law against an 11 and 8 yr old being left home without parents. You can't just generalize like that. Some kids are much more mature and responsible than others. I've seen some adults that I didn't think should be left unsupervised. Besides, you don't know the facts of what happened. How do you know that this poor girl didn't trip and fall into the table. Nowhere in the article did it say that the accident was the result of wild behavior by the children. Even so, freak accidents happen all the time and it isn't necessarily anyone's fault. None of us can have eyes on our children every minute of every day. Have a little compassion for the family here. My heart bleeds for them. What an awful and tragic thing to have happen to their child.
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    Ther are so many negative responses to this tragedy, when the bottom line is that children were playing and it ended in tragedy. It couldve happened with the mother right there in the house. When you have an arterial bleed it takes about 2 minutes to lose a deadly amount of blood. So before you judge this mother, say a prayer for her that she gets through this and finds the peace she will need.
  • by Dawn Location: Dillsboro on Dec 15, 2008 at 09:13 AM
    An 11 yr old and an 8 yr old home alone (even for a short spell) equals disater.How tragic.Bet the Mom wishes she had taken the girls with her now.
  • by Angie Location: Washington on Dec 15, 2008 at 03:25 AM
    Rather than talking negative about "why the children were home alone", try to offer words of support. I am an adult now, but at the age of 7 my 9 year old sister started taking care of me while our mother worked during the day and attended college at night. Yes, age matters to an extent. But the most important thing is maturity. Think about it, some 19 year olds dont need to be left home alone, whereas some 10 year olds are extremely responsible and able to manage things at home as if they are adults. So, unless you are in this sad families shoes, rather than offering your negative opinion,why don't you try to offer support and encouragement of healing. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and this was a very very tragic accident. One that can not be reversed, and one that will take many years of healing, if ever. Remember, the best parents out there are those that have no children of their own! Yeah, right.
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