Toddler Laid to Rest As Grandmother Faces Indictment

A Laurel County grand jury was scheduled to hear the case against Linda Long on Monday. She is charged with reckless homicide for allegedly leaving her 2-year-old grandson, Madison, in a locked SUV.

The coroner says Madison died of hyperthermia.

Pastor Shawn Madden helped officiate the funeral Monday for 2-year-old Madison Nose.

“No one can explain this. No one can explain why bad things happen,” said Rev. Madden.

And what makes the situation even more difficult is that Madison’s own grandmother is accused in his death. Police say she left him in her car for 8 hours Friday, while she was at work.

“She’s a good lady. A Godly lady, and this was not something remotely intentional,” said Madden.

Long is out of jail on bond but she still faces the possibility of at least 10 years in prison. Madden says the death has stunned the Laurel county community.

“And we ask questions. How can you forget? How could you not think about that all day? And we don’t know the answer,” said Rev. Madden.

Madden is well acquainted with Madison’s father who he says he is numb over his son’s death. Madden says family described Madison as a typical, independent two year old.

“He wanted to do everything by himself: feed himself, put his clothes on. Just a happy baby,” Madden said.


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  • by Concerned Location: Kentucky on Oct 15, 2008 at 11:27 PM
    Well, fair is fair. If they prosecute this one, shouldn't they go back and prosecute others for "forgetting"? I don't think that's going to happen. Poor kids.
  • by Concerned Location: Kentucky on Oct 15, 2008 at 11:19 PM
    The ladies murding their children and not being charged, has allowed murder's free to do as they please and get by with it. What about those ladies who didn't get charged. I would be afraid for my child if those women were allowed to be around my child and image their jobs were teaching children. Scary.
  • by jolene Location: ky on Oct 15, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    I, KNOW FOR SURE BEING A REGISTERED NURSE FOR MANY , YEARS AND WORKING MANY MANY LONG STRENOUS HOURS, ONE DOES NOT FORGET ANY CHILD,LET ALONE YOUR OWN GRANDCHILD IN THIS POSITION. MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT EACH AND EVERY MEMBER AND FRIEND OF FAMILY. THIS WOMAN IS NOT CAPABLE OF CARING FOR PATIENTS, AND SHOULD HAVE HER LICENSE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY, SHE IS A SHAME TO HUMANITY. I PRAY THAT GOD HAS MERCY ON HER. WAS A DRUG SCREEN DONE IMMIDEATELY? I AM AS GLAD GOD IS HER JUDGE.
  • by For Linda Location: Corbin on Oct 15, 2008 at 06:19 PM
    Did you ever stop to think that this situation isn't any different from the many cases every year of parents/others running over their children (accidentally) or causing death other ways? Horrible things happen (drowning, poisioning, car wrecks, etc.) you don't see these people getting jail time for "accidents". Linda should NOT face jail time because this wansn't any more intentional than other accident that causes death. She is a hardworking, law abiding citizen that had a lapse of memory that day. Madison is never coming back regardless of her serving time or not. As a teacher, I see way more cases of daily neglect and abuse that need to be taken to court and punished. Linda had done everything in her power to help to care for this child until that day. If you have never made a mistake in your life, then go ahead and be judgemental. I don't think there is anyone of us that are "perfect" so we cannot judge Linda. God bless Kylie and Jonathan (the parents) and baby Madison.
  • by Friend of Linda Location: Corbin KY on Oct 15, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    I personally know Linda & her children. I especially know her 6 year old child (yes, her six year old child) & Linda is a WONDERFUL mother/grandmother. She has not once negleted her or abused any of her children. She would not and did not abuse baby Madison. She forgot. Yes, it is tragic-yes, it is horrible. Please don't forget (all you judgemental people) that GOD looks on ALL sin the same. He looks on your sin the same as Linda's. He looks at your faults as well as Linda's. He loves you, and he LOVES Linda. She is brokenhearted, she is destroyed. Nothing would punish her like finding that baby boy Friday afternoon in her car. You negative people need a wake up call. As a very busy mother of 3, I can understand how your mind gets on your day & all you have going on & you forget that you are doing something that was NOT a routine for her. She only took this baby 2 days a week to daycare. Linda needs our support & compassion. She is punishing herself more than we ever can
  • by Doug Location: London on Oct 15, 2008 at 05:03 PM
    I would have to agree with Erin. Sometimes we get to busy and WAY too much going on. I am sure if some of you PERFECT people would be honest, it could very well happen to you to. My prayers to this family.
  • by kela Location: versailles on Oct 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    My prayers go to all,more for the mother and father.You just dont put a child in your car and forget about him or her regardless of your routine.I hope justice works and gives her what she deserves.
  • by J Location: ky on Oct 15, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    how is it possible to forget that you left a child in your car, yes it is a sad situation but this family was trusting her to take care of their child there is no excuse for forgetting about a baby like that no excuse at all
  • by Erin Location: Danville on Oct 15, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    I cannot believe how many judgmental people are responding to this! This woman is in my husband's family. Linda is a wonderful woman and a wonderful nurse (for Jessica who made that nasty comment about never going to THAT hospital). It is a TRAGIC ACCIDENT. She was working too many hours, was out of her routine, and simply forgot her sleeping grandson was in the back. No, we cannot imagine ever doing something like that. But have you ever been in her shoes?? This family is full of grief and is going through enough right now. So, thank you to those who have had empathy. Your thoughts and prayers mean more than anything to this family, I'm sure.
  • by Judy Location: Pineville on Oct 15, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    This is so sad...I don't understand how this happened, but that baby was forgotten about by everyone that day....It's grandmother, mother, father and anyone that could have called Day care to check on him. That is all you can say....HE WAS JUST FORGOTTEN...

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