Boy's grandmother speaking out in Carter Co. accident

WILSON, Okla. (AP) - The paternal grandmother of a 5-year-old boy who was killed Wednesday when he was hit by a car that a 13-year-old girl had started up to warm the engine is speaking out.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says John Gifford died when the girl put the vehicle in gear and it rolled forward on him about 11 this morning.

Nita Havlik told The Oklahoman that initially John and three of his siblings were placed in foster care where the father tried to teach them about guns. Havlik says one of the boys shot the other one in the ear with a plastic pellet.

She says the children were then split up and sent to different foster homes.

Havlik says her 40-year-old son, Melvern Lester Gifford, has battled the Department of Human Services to get his boys back and was furious when DHS called to say the youngest boy was dead.

Havlik says Melvern Gifford has been raising his four youngest children since their mother left. She says they were taken away from him after Gifford was accused of neglect.

DHS spokesman George Johnson confirmed that the boy who was killed was in DHS custody and said the case is under investigation.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous Location: springer on Dec 8, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    I dont think that anyone is perfect we learn how to parent daily no one is born with this skill. I feel for all parties involved. The foster family should have known better.This is not the first time this type of tragity has struck. It has struck with adults behind the wheel. The little girl being 3 years under legal driving age is hard to except. Yes some of us older adults were able to drive when we were that age but she was not going to work to help provide. Kids have no responsibilty anymore It is no longer the 40s 50s 60s This is a new age, no responsibilty age. The children now days are nothing like we was. so please do not compare These kids think if they know how to grand theft auto on playstation they can drive.They dont understand that there are no reset button in life. I also think that games like this has desensitized our young to tragity that it does not effect or impact them like it does us. The shame,sorrow,guilt on both sides is unimaginable. May God be with you all
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    THIS WHOLE THING IS AN OUTRAGE. THIS POOR BABY PAID FOR A MISTAKE WITH HIS LIFE. AN PEOPLE WANT BE CONSERNED ABOUT PEOPLES EDUCATIONAL BACK GROUND. THAT IS SICK APPARENTLY THEY CAN READ AN WRITE WELL ENOUGH TO BE OUTRAGED BY WHAT HAS HAPPENED. HOW DARE ANYONE!! TYPO,OR LACK OF PROOF READING BEFORE SUBMITTION. THE RAGE ALONE YOU FEEL WHEN YOU READ THIS STORY WOULD CAUSE MISPELLING. THESE PEOPLE WHO TOOK A LITTLE LIFE GOT LESS SCRUTNY. THEY HAVE NOT EVEN RECIEVED A TICKET FOR THE 13 YEAR OLD DRIVER. TO RECIEVE NOTHING, NOTTA... ITS OUTRAGES.. THIS LITTLE LIVE MENT SOMETHING.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2008 at 01:19 AM
    was there any charges filed in this case?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    WHEN YOU ALLOW YOUR CHILD AS AN AGENT A SPECIAL RULE MAKES PARENT LIABLE FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY HIS CHILD.
  • by Ind. Ins. agency Location: OKLAHOMA on Dec 5, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    I urge all you people that allow these underage drivers to contact you local insurance agency. Maybe they can tell you if your household can continue coverage thru there agency. ?? Do you tell your insurance agency of your have underage drivers? If not why? Is it because it is illegal? Or just plain fear of cancelation?
  • by hello Location: wake up on Dec 4, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    I can not believe people are encouraging under age driving. If this was a gun, you people would see things differently. Both guns and vehicles have taken lives. There are laws to govern the use of them. To the mother of 4 I have to agree you have been blessed and should always be thankful you still have your children with you and you can tell them that you love them and good night if you want. There is alot of people that have made this choice that regret it and no fix for it. God be with these kids. And everyone, we don't know what tomorrow holds hug your kids and tell them you love them. I hope that everyone involved with this accident can someday move forward and go on to have healthy lives and remember John for who he was. John is sure missed.. But he is in a much happier place.
  • by ARDMORE Location: OK on Dec 4, 2008 at 07:27 PM
    IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD THAT WAS KILLED WOULD YOU FELL THAT WAY! I AGREE IT WAS AN ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED! BUT THE POINT THAT YOU SHOULD SEE IS THIS WAS A CHILD, THAT THE PARENTS LET DRIVE THAT RAN OVER A CHILD IN STATE CUSTODY. I BELIEVE RESPONSIBLTY FALLS ON THE PEOPLE THAT MADE THE CHOICE TO LET HER DRIVE AND THAT CHOICE TOOK A LIFE. THIS IS SAD! AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO THIS FAMILY... BUT IT WAS VERY POOR CHOICE TO ALLOW A 13 YEAR OLD CHILD TO DRIVE...
  • by Anonymous Location: country on Dec 4, 2008 at 07:16 PM
    I really feel for the family,my heart goes out to them. But this was just an accident. I let my 12yr old start the car almost everyday. This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Some PARENTS have even run over their children. This was a tragic accident that will forever change that little girls life. My heart goes out to all parties involved.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    Mom of 4, Please don't be one of those that feels "not my child, it won't happen to mine" maybe it will maybe it won't why take the chance? You are seeing what can happen. And I truely know it can happen to an adult also. It is not just this issue it could be anything. I really think you are missing the point on how serious of an issue this is! These people had 1 under age driver, you have 4 or have had, and then the rest of the world god knows how many.. Why don't people see where this could be a problem! I will thank you for atleast keeping your's confined to your pasture, since you choose to allow them to drive. But, We both know this is not the case for the rest of the world! And most children are not as responsible as these parents and children think that they are. Some of these vehicles are even to big for these kids to see out of! Please people let's put safety first! You here it everyday, this accident took this persons life or Joy ride claims life of teen!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 at 06:04 PM
    You may have been able to drive..... Sorry Wilsonite! I see the mistakes!!!! If you need help reading or understanding it let me know!
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