It's Wednesday morning and there are no updates on Austin. He is still the same. No improvement at all!
I'm going to hold on to the hope that "no news is good news" and continue praying for young Austin. Jesus is the Great Healer and everything is possible in Him.
The medical examiner is not releasing Sierra for burial yet either. Wonder what that is about?
I believe it takes longer to release the body to the family when there is an investigation going on. I recall a girl at work whose father died of what was apparently a heart attack when he was alone at home. Had they asked for an autopsy by the state it would have taken about a month before the body would be released. They decided against it, but in Sierra's case the state may demand an autopsy because of the circumstances. I know that is no consolation to the family but it is just standard procedure.
From the preliminary investigation, they determined that both children were only wearing part of the seat belt. Either the lap belt or the shoulder harness! I don't understand this....I thought that all newer car seat belts.....when buckled........connected the shoulder harness and lap belt at the same time. It was a Ford Focus.
If this is the case, I see some charges being brought against the mother.
I don't know about the Ford Focus in particular, but it was my understanding that all new cars have both the lap & shoulder belt in both front and back seats. What children typically do is put the shoulder harness behind them if they aren't on a booster seat because the harness comes across their face if they are too small. I can't say that this is the case with your daughters stepchildren but it is a possibility. That is why it is so important, if a child no longer fits in a car seat, to put them in a booster seat. The seat belt works better on them if they are sitting slightly higher. I hope they don't bring charges against the mother. It seems to me she has suffered enough.
You are constantly in my prayers HappyDad. Please keep us posted to Austin's condition.