Toddler Drowns In Creek Behind Amish Family's Home

The creek that runs through tiny Mannsville doesn't hold much water. But the little waterway that runs behind the Attridge home in the Amish community proved deadly for 16-month-old Rhoda Ann.

“It brings tears to my eyes. Well, it does for whenever I think about it,” says Paul Cash, who knows the Amish family well.

Rhoda Ann was the youngest of 8 children for the Attridges who ironically became Amish to give their children a better life.

“That's just the tragedy of it all,” says Taylor County Corner Terry Dabney.

Dabney says the girl somehow got away from her parents and 7 siblings and fell head first into the creek.

“She had tripped over the a pebble or a rock, a stone that was near the creek, and fell and hit her head.”

She was rushed to the hospital and died a few hours later.

“That's just the thing because they really look after their children. You don't hear of this happening that much,” said Cash.

Hundreds of mourners packed into a small school house for the funeral that people say lasted hours.

Paul Cash says he helps his Amish neighbors whenever he can. And he speaks to Rhoda's father often.

“I told him, I said look at it this way. I know you lost a daughter, but God got an Angel out of it at the same time.”


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  • by Olin Location: Nashville, TN on May 28, 2008 at 09:57 PM
    It's sad to comment on this, but in this day and time, moreso than any I can recall, we Americans just love to slam and often outright slander and libel any culture of which we have little to no understanding. A simple google search will lead you to believe they don't pay taxes either, and there's plenty of media that will perpetuate this bold-faced lie. 'Course, when it comes to slamming Jews, Blacks, Mexicans, Middle Easterners or any other ethnic group, why should a group of hard-working, peaceful people who give far more to this world than they will ever take be immune. This tragedy saddens me, but even moreso, I'm saddened by how mean-spirited this nation has become and continues to become.
  • by Mom Location: KY on May 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    This is a tragedy and the family is in my prayers. I certainly admire the fact that they don't sit around living off the rest of us. They take care of their own families and ask nothing of other people. They are some kindest people I have ever met, and they would do anything for anybody. Leave this family alone. They have to be suffering terribly over the loss of their baby. By the way, if they have 8 kids or 80 kids, it is none of anybody else's business.
  • by JHR Location: Lexington on May 21, 2008 at 10:56 AM
    I've heard many times through out my life that God gives burdens to those who are able to bear them....I am so sorry for this family at this time of their loss. I know if it were me, and something happened to my son, I'd just lay down and die...so I admire them for going on!
  • by TO WOW Location: FRANKFORT on May 21, 2008 at 09:10 AM
    I READ HIS COMMENT AND WANT HIM TO KNOW THAT I DO GO VISIT THE AMISH, THEY ARE GREAT PEOPLE AND WE NEED MORE OF THEM IN THE WORLD!!!!! ITS SAD TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT SIT ALL DAY AND BECAUSE UR LIFE IS SO LAME AND BORING U HAVE TO MAKE SOMEONES ELSE FEEL BAD( NOT THAT IT SINT HURT ENOUGH) TO MAKE UR LIFE SEEM A LITTLE MORE BETTER.. GET A LIFE AND U EVEN NEED A HEART ILL BE PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY AND FOR U TO GROW UP.
  • by To WoW. on May 21, 2008 at 07:44 AM
    Think about this WoW.Look at the children in our community.They are alot on drugs.They dont listen to authority.The Amish children are so much differnt than others.Grant you they dont have the finer things in life.Its not handed to them.Like our children have.They work for what they get.More than likely you are alone no children are wife.And if you do have one shes probaly a prune are cheating on you.Quit being so bitter and have a heart.I had a foster child.Who passed away at 3 months.Her mother was on drugs.Tell me its not sad.When you sat in a hospital room and hold your baby until the doctors pronuces her dead.This is a sad thing that has happened to this family.Whers your heart and To this person that calls thier self god.Theres only one God and your not him.And also as it wast stated the chid triped on a pebble and hit its head.A child of the age falls and gets scrapes all the time.Before you can catch them.To every one else i am sorry for spewing.
  • by Brandi Location: Powell County on May 21, 2008 at 04:40 AM
    May God be with your family during this difficult time, and I hope that God has some compassion for Wow even though he doesn't have any for others.
  • by god Location: ky on May 20, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    were is the ones to keept the eye on the kid .. god we keept it in his hand????
  • by unknown Location: Ky on May 20, 2008 at 05:58 PM
    My prayers are with you and your family. And to WOW...my prayers are with you because you have no heart.
  • by melissa Location: harrodsburg, ky on May 20, 2008 at 02:37 PM
    my prayers are with you and your family in this time of the loss of your child. I know what you are going through eventhough i haven't lost a child like this, but i have 2 children that are deceased. so my prayers are with you in this time of need.
  • by To Wow Location: Kentucky on May 20, 2008 at 10:02 AM
    Have you lost your senseless mind? Amish draw NOTHING from the government, they are hard working, the only day they rest is on Sunday. My family is friends with several Amish Families. Some have several children while others have none. They do not believe in birth control, they believe that God is control of that. Which might I say that he is because being a woman who was on birth control in the past and still got pregnant (by my husband who is the father of all 3 of my children before anyone tries to comment and no I have never drawn anything from the government, wish I could though they tend to have more than I have). Do not make comments when you are unaware of the situation, Amish pay taxes too, so they are helping to pay for these people who draw welfare checks. Back in the old day people had 13 kids, why is such a shock to have 8. Please WOW get over your self. Thank goodness this family will probably never read your senseless comment, they don't have computers.
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