Traveling with toddlers is no easy task. Busy airports are terrifying for parents whose little ones like to run off on their own and explore. Still, air travel is the quickest way to travel long distances and parents have to choose between dealing with a tot on a long car ride or trying to keep them under control in an airport.
A family in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently opted to travel by plane with their three-year-old son, Jaiden Samir Cowart, and, sadly, didn't return home with him.
According to the Charlotte Observer, on September 25, Jaiden fell near the escalators at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Unfortunately, on Saturday, September 28, Jaiden succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
Currently, there aren't a lot of details on the nature of the fall, but the medical examiner classified his death as an accident from "blunt force injuries due to a fall from a height." Though his death was an accident, his family has retained a lawyer to represent them through investigations, all of which are common procedure in public deaths like these.
The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for funeral and burial costs for Jaiden. According to the page Jaiden had a "witty sense of humor" and loved a good adventure. Like most toddlers, he loved shows like Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, and PJ Masks. His parents are obviously distraught and are going through something no one should ever have to.
At this point, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $4,000 towards its $13,000 goal. Contributors have left loving notes for his family as they grieve their son to let them know they're being prayed for and thought of.
Still, no amount of money raised will be able to replace what the family lost. Having to lose a child to such a tragic accident is the very thing parents worry about on an ongoing basis. It's the circumstances like this one that are the scariest to parents because it could truly happen to anyone. Kids will be kids, and sadly that means they will run away and they will get into mischief no matter how great their parents are.
Hopefully, Jaiden's parents can find peace through this horrific experience and honor their son's memory in beautiful ways.