twitter facebook stumble upon rss

My Daughter Was Killed By a Window Cord

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Linda Kaiser lost her daughter in 2002.

Linda and Cheyenne

We were shocked when we heard the news that Mike Tyson's daughter had tragically died after getting a cord wrapped around her neck in a treadmill accident. We talked to mom of three Linda Kaiser, who lost her daughter to a cord accident, for her perspective.

Momlogic: Describe your life prior to the cord accident ...

Linda: On May 25th, 2001, I gave birth to my twins, Seth and Cheyenne. My husband and I baby-proofed our house. We put locks on the cabinets, made sure all the safety plugs were in, and we made sure the window cords were high out of reach. I did everything I thought a parent should do. I thought what was listed in the parenting magazines was just common knowledge, and I felt I was doing all the right things.

ML: Can you please take us through what happened to Cheyenne?

Linda: On June 12th, 2002, it was a summer's night. I put the twins down at 7:30 PM. They usually played together in their crib and fell asleep. I put my ear to the door and didn't hear anything. I thought they were sleeping, so I continued to turn the house down for the night. My husband, daughter Maddie, and I were sitting in the living room talking, and before putting Maddie to bed, we all went into the twins' room to check on them and watch them sleep (as we did every night).

Suddenly, I saw my daughter, Cheyenne, in the corner of the crib in an unnatural position. She was sitting up with her head down. I grabbed her and saw the window cord around her neck. I called 911 and did CPR. It was too late -- she had been gone for a while. She died and our world came crashing down all around us. Cheyenne died just 18 days after her first birthday.

ML: How did Cheyenne reach the cord?

Linda: I didn't understand how she got the cord because I tied them up. She must have grabbed the cord in between the flaps of the blinds and formed a loop out of it. That loop went around her neck and she strangled that way. At first, the police didn't believe me, and they were very suspicious because they didn't understand it. The police interrogated me and it wasn't until about two weeks later when a friend sat me down and showed me exactly what had happened.

ML: As a mother grieving the loss of your daughter, what gave you the strength to turn your tragedy into triumph by starting your organization?

Linda: A friend made a memorial website for our daughter and a lot of people contacted me through it. Within two months, three moms contacted me who had also lost their children. I realized it wasn't a freak accident, and cord accidents happened more than I thought. Then, a retired NY firefighter contacted me and said since about 1991, there were over 300 kids who died and that it happened every two weeks. I realized I needed to do something. I didn't want another parent to go through what I did after losing my daughter. There was a need to understand how dangerous these cords are. In 2002, my husband and I founded "Parents For Window Blind Safety."

ML: What was your reaction to hearing about Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter?

Linda: I immediately wanted to reach out and contact him and tell him how sorry I am because I support parents who lose their children to these types of accidents or whose children are injured. My heart absolutely goes out to the Tyson family -- and to any parent whose child strangles on anything. It's violent and, too often, a parent cannot hear a child strangling.

People point fingers at the parents. They ask, Where were you when your child was hurt? What were you doing? Often these people don't have children or they have one child and don't realize as a parent, you try to multitask. It only takes two minutes for a child to strangle, and have air cut off to the point where there is physical damage. It only takes 4 minutes for a child to strangle to death. A household chore like vacuuming or dusting can take that much time -- you can turn your back for a few minutes and it can happen, just like that. Any cord longer than 7 ¼ inches can kill a child.

I hope the public isn't hard on the Tyson family and I hope they don't judge what kind of parents they are. I have studied these accidents, and it's silent. Kids have strangled in the same room as their mom who's napping. You cannot hear anything.

ML: What is your advice to moms?

Linda: Every parent should go cordless on whatever they can in their home, be it the window coverings or electronic appliances like the computer, phone, etc. Parents need to know that any cord longer than 7 ¼ inches can strangle a child.

92 children have died since 2000 from window cord strangulation. Most of them were on window covering products manufactured after 2001, meaning these cords had safety tassels, but just one string with a safety tassel can still strangle around a child's neck.

In terms of the Tyson tragedy, I never thought about the treadmill, but I know exactly what they're talking about. I can't tell you how to make it safer in this situation because that cord is supposed to be a safety device. You use it for safety -- maybe they need to make a retractable cord ... I would tell parents to be mindful of what's in their home, check that wires and cords are secured and not hanging, and make sure all cords are out of your children's reach.

Our hearts go out to Linda Kaiser, and to Mike Tyson's family.

next: The Lying Game
80 comments so far | Post a comment now
free dating websites December 23, 2010, 12:28 AM

I’m getting a browser error, is anyone else?

Biuro Tłumaczeń December 24, 2010, 3:05 AM

Keep up the good work. Everyone is opened to there opinion. Excellent blog here, i am still reading

Projekty Domów December 24, 2010, 3:15 AM

I recently came across your web site and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my very first comment. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this website very frequently.

blood pressure chart December 31, 2010, 9:15 AM

Just discovered this site through Yahoo, what a way to brighten up my month!

Pferdehaftpflichtversicherung January 5, 2011, 11:13 AM

I Am Going To have to come back again when my course load lets up - nonetheless I am getting your Feed so i could go through your blog offline. Thanks.

la rug inc. rugs January 18, 2011, 9:01 PM

extremely valuable material, all round I imagine this is worthy of a book mark, many thanks

Lidia Rattler January 20, 2011, 2:41 AM

You should definately write more about this! Please!

Mafalda Rowse January 21, 2011, 12:12 AM

You should definately read more about this! Please!

earnings conference call February 1, 2011, 2:36 AM

This is really a excellent site, would you be interested in working on an interview about just how you developed it? If so e-mail myself!

dating sites February 1, 2011, 5:38 PM

Have you given any thought at all with translating your site into Chinese? I know a few of translaters here that might help you do it for no cost if you want to make contact with me.

Chicken Pox February 2, 2011, 10:24 AM

Hi my friend! I want to say that this article is amazing, nice written and include almost all significant infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

Lumineers February 5, 2011, 5:04 AM

really beneficial stuff, all round I imagine this is worthy of a bookmark, thank you

premature ejaculation February 6, 2011, 3:19 AM

Brilliant, cheers, I will bookmark you soon!

Url February 14, 2011, 9:10 AM

I’m getting a javascript error, is anyone else?

personal injury lawyer Vancouver February 14, 2011, 11:50 PM

I tried viewing your web site in my iphone and the page layout does not seem to be right. Might wanna check it out on WAP as well as it seems most cellular phone layouts are not really working with your web site.

Area Code 803 Info February 18, 2011, 9:09 PM

Have you considered including some social bookmarking buttons to these blogs. At least for facebook.

Chicken Pox February 19, 2011, 4:39 AM

This was really an interesting topic, I’m very lucky to be able to come to your weblog and I will bookmark this page in order that I may come back one other time.

varicella zoster virus February 23, 2011, 3:08 PM

After I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any method you possibly can remove me from that service? Thanks!

10 Minute Workout February 25, 2011, 9:26 PM

I believe one of your current ads triggered my web browser to resize, you might well want to place that on your blacklist.

horny goat weed February 25, 2011, 10:40 PM

Is it okay to place a portion of this in my personal web site if perhaps I post a reference point to this web page?

Back to top >>