Sheriff Explains Chiropractor Accident That Killed Toddler

SHOREVIEW, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities said a toddler was killed in Shoreview after pulling the handle of a chiropractor’s table while the child’s mother was there for an appointment.

According to Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom, Amy Elizabeth Newton of Mounds View was at First Chiropractic along Highway 96 in Shoreview at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

She had her three children with her at the appointment, ages 4, 2 and 18 months.

Bostrom said Newton’s doctor left the room briefly, and the 18-month-old boy ran underneath the Triton DTS (Dynamic Tension System) TRT-600 table. It appears the child then hit the down button and the table came down.

Authorities said Newton was helpless to do anything, because she was strapped down to the table. She called out for help.

Staff members came and were able to raise the table again. They attempted CPR on the boy.

Both Newton and her 18-month-old boy were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at about 5:40 p.m.. Authorities said it appeared the child died of head trauma. The child was identified Friday as Benjamin Bryan Newton.

Clinic staffers said the family has asked them not to make any comments and to respect their privacy, but they said they were grieving the child’s loss also.

Bostrom said this is not a case where there are likely to be any criminal charges filed.

The owner of the office said nothing like this has ever happened there before.

“As a team, we are grieving the loss of one of our patient’s children,” said Chiropractor Lowell Magelssen, who added that staffers are friends with the child’s family. “You can never possibly in a million years script this. It’s every parent’s nightmare, every grandparent’s nightmare. We can’t believe it.”

The table involved is used to treat patients with disk injuries who haven’t had success with physical therapy. Their spine is stretched and compressed while strapped on the table.

“This is a very effective machine when used properly,” said Doctor Adam Burke, a Chiropractor in Edina, who has no ties to First Chiropractic.

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  • red

    how unfortunate- to bad she didn’t have anyone to watch the kids so she didn’t have to bring the kids with her so sorry

  • JMJ

    My heart breaks for everyone involved.

    To Allen & Char, Your comments are shameful. I have to wonder if you would say this outloud or does the internet make it easier for you to be so cruel.

  • M B

    Says you. Speak for yourself. Chiropractic helps immensely in my back pain.

    It’s too bad you’re so narrow minded to believe that there might actually be other treatments instead of a pill bottle. How many people are pain killer addicts because the standard “Pill bottle” medical profession can’t help them?

    • M B

      Have you actually had a back injury? Have you dealt with the medical world and them? Your list of provisional ailments are most of the things that Chiropractors obviously can’t help with. They don’t claim to work with those, and if you went there in hopes of fixing those problems, then it’s your fault for going to the wrong doctor. That’s why they want to x-ray you before they treat you, because they don’t want to cause you problems by exacerbating injuries that they can’t treat.

      If it doesn’t work for you, then fine, but don’t sit there and tout that they are ineffective witch doctors just because you don’t agree with it, had overly high expectations, or heard some rumors from a friend of a friend that they are bogus. They do work for most people, me included, and if you actually learned anything about the spinal cord and how it works, you might think differently. But, that would involve something other than dealing with heresay and rumors.

      • Les Johnson

        “and if you actually learned anything about the spinal cord and how it works, you might think differently.”

        I have had a partial back disability for the last 13 years. L4-L5 Herniated and Degeneratiive discs with S1 nerve root involvement. I have a bit of an idea about that which I speak.

        • molly

          You are an idiot for not letting a chiropractor help you with that. Hope you enjoy your perscriptions.

          • Les Johnson

            I don’t take prescriptions. Not a single one. I live just fine without the use of drugs to control pain.

            • Pinky212

              Les, with the type of injury you have in your back, I’m interested in knowing what you do to control the pain. I have chronic pain from a number of conditions and would love to be able to control the pain without taking a drug.

              • Les Johnson

                I don’t do anything to control the pain except get in my hot tub with a cold beer and a blazing J.

          • Anita NewRx

            governer dayton does care about prescriptions … so I’ve heard

          • Dave

            He can’t see a chiropractor. They might actually help him, and he’d have to give up his partial disability payments!

            • Les Johnson

              I don’t get any disability payments. Not a dime.

        • just me

          Have you changed your activity level? Had some massage in your low back to loosen up the muscles? Changed your diet? Those are all holistic approaches that don’t require drugs and you may see some benefit. All you need is an open mind and a closed mouth.

          • Les Johnson

            I’m very active. I coach soccer, and go fishing several times a week and bowhunt. I completed P90x last April. My diet is good, and I have a fantastic giant hot tub right outside the door of my master bedroom on my deck.

            Thanks for the advice, just the same, “just me”.

            • just me

              Well, you know what they say: “Ignorance is bliss” It will change your life. It did mine.

              • Les Johnson

                I don’t need my life to change though.

                Not much could be better, although the transmission in my Denali might have gone out last night. Anything you know about that?? :)

                • Bill

                  Denali is a “Government Motors” car

                  Throw some money at it and maybe it will feel like working again

                • molly

                  Maybe you should take it to your sister, the doctor.

                • Les Johnson

                  My sister the doctor just sent a car to my daughter as a gift. She had to pay to get the brakes replaced, so I doubt she’d be able to do any wrenching on my transmission. Plus she lives about 1400 miles from me, and without Reverse, it would be a challenge, to say the least. ;)

                • Gaylord

                  So your sister is a trannie? I thought you said she was a doctor.

                • markH

                  Why did you capitalize the word “reverse”?

                • just me

                  2nd chance at replying…..

                  Changed my life for the BETTER…….

                  Sorry to hear about the tranny…my only advice is to find an honest repair shop (LMAO). Otherwise, best of luck! :)

                • @les J.

                  Amazing you could have anything Les J, you comment on every story, everyday no matter the story, go outside for 5 min. please.

                • Teri

                  I can’t help but see your comments on here. You may have an educated family…but I don’t see ANY common sense. Why are you being so aggressive?? You’ve missed the point waaayyyyy back. You should be nice to people….you know, your world could shatter at any given moment….NO matter what your family does for a living. Just sayin….

            • @Les J.

              Les you have nothing, everyday you have this, you have that, you have nothing, you are nothing….

          • markH

            “All you need is an open mind and a closed mouth.” I think this is the mantra of most charlatans, crooks, and messianic nutcases. Personally, I prefer to do my own thinking, and I follow where the evidence (preferably of the falsifiable variety) leads. Peace.

            • just me

              markH You seem to be very knowlegable about what makes people charlatans, crooks and messianic nutcases–is it because that’s what you are? I sincerely hope your two boys don’t become sociopaths due to your narrow mindedness, petty, cynical thoughts and hurtful words. If you don’t have any comment that really justifies your existance, then please keep your hateful comments to yourself. Peace

    • kim

      Perhaps you should have tried a different normal medical Dr. My told me to exercise more (and gave me a referral to a physical therapist to get some specific exercises I could do to help me). She didn’t feel I needed pain pills.
      the problem is some Chiros still believe in the Palmer dream of curing everything ever know with Chiro, rather than focusing on reality and are more like physical therapists and treat only back pain.

    • Jon

      Les, your ignorance is very entertaining. Keep on…

    • KurtMan

      What? I just hurt my back on the job, went to the ER, then to my family doctor, who referred me to a chiropractor! He’s totally cool with working with the local medical clinic, and they talk highly of him. In fact, my medical doctor is a patient of the chiropractor he sent me to, as is his nurse. I haven’t been to a chiropractor before this, but what he’s doing seems to be helping. Where are you getting your information from?

    • cat

      Any weekly massage would make you feel good, Heck it makes all of us feel good. That doesnt make it MEDICINE

  • SGTJohn

    It’s possible she was recieving traction at the time. Also, there are a lot of buttons and levers on some of the table types. I know my chiropractors tables are VERY heavy.

  • Jim

    It is easy to make comments after the incident. No one wants it to happen. Let hope this is a lession to learn for everyone.

  • mom

    Kids don’t belong in a doctor’s office???? What are you supposed to do when they are sick not take them to the dr? The dr shouldn’t have left the mother alone in a room knowing that she had 3 small children with her, at least not while the mother was “strapped” to the table. I have 3 kids ages 4,3, and 2 and they come with me everywhere when my husband is at work or coaching our older 2 children’s ball games. You can’t always expect a babysitter to come watch your kids, Chiropratic appointments usually take about 10-15 minutes so why would you get a babysitter?

    • Les Johnson

      “Chiropratic appointments usually take about 10-15 minutes so why would you get a babysitter?”


      Did you read the article?

    • molly

      Oh so blame the doctor. I suppose you think the mom is the innocent victim here as well. It’s people like you who make governor Dayton hate kids. Especially poor ones who can’t afford a baby sitter.

      • molly

        Dayton cares more for his dogs than he cares for poor people with bad backs.

        • Pinky212

          This is no place to have a political discussion. It’s waaaay off topic! Or could you be a troll who’s just looking to inflame the board?

          • Pinky212

            The above comment was in reply to Anita NewRx. However, it didn’t post under her comment as was supposed to happen. I see the same thing happened with my comment to Les.

            What’s with this board? This has happened to me before on this board. Anyone else have this problem?

      • mom

        why is blaming the dr any different than blaming the mom? the drs I have known and been to would not have left the mom alone in the room. I wasn’t blaming the dr or the mother this is a freak accident how many times have you read about something like this happening? Your comment about the Governor hating kids makes no sense to me how do I contribute to a grown man not liking kids by stating that the dr shouldn’t have left the mom alone?

      • Has a heart

        Are you serious? I can not believe someone can actually be so cruel? This mother watched her child die you heartless witch!!! And the comment about poor ones that can’t afford a sitter? SERIOUSLY? Oh my god you are the most cruel, thoughtless, black hearted person I have ever seen. I hope you never have kids, or if you do that you never have to experience anything like this… is not perfect sweetheart and neither are you!!!

      • Pinky212

        Governor Dayton hate kids? That’s news to me! But why bring politics into this discussion? There’s aleady been enough innappropriate comments made pertaining to a horrible accident.

    • Dee

      You should get a sitter because in those 10-15 minutes something tragic like THIS could happen!

      It was not the responsibility of the chiropractor to watch the kids. The mother should have spoken up about being left alone in the room while strapped to the table. She brought the children with her. They were her responsibilty.

      She could have easily brought a twin stroller for the smallest children to sit in. As tragic as this situation it is, not finding a baby sitter is not an excuse for lackluster parenting. Just like you can’t always expect a babysitter to come watch your kids, you can’t expect non-babysitters to watch them EVER!

      Blaming the doctor is like blaming the water because you left your infant alone in the tub to drown.

    • S. Quinn

      “What are you supposed to do when they are sick not take them to the dr?” What a silly, silly remark. OF COURSE the poster meant you do not take kids to an ADULT’S appointment. WHy in heaven’s name should the DOCTOR be responsible for watching them??? He has a job to do and sometimes (as in the cas eof emergency calls etc) he must leave the room. He is being paid to babysit.

  • heather

    i disagree and that is not what this story is about…shame on you. someone has lost a child. try to have some sympothy.

    • Les Johnson

      heather, no offense, but you are not the moderator, and to say “shame on you” to anybody here is incredibly arrogant and unwarranted.

      It isn’t up to you to force people to respond the way you think is appropriate.

      • *yawn*


        You are certainly full of ill-advice and opinions. Let’s challenge your ‘incite’ and show me some facts to back-up your claims of witch doctor practices within the chiropractic community.

        Unless you find it inappropriate to ‘force’ people into regurgitating facts instead of your soap box antic opinions.

        • Les Johnson

          What advice have I given? My “incite”? LOL

          How about this…

          You tell me what your back injury was and how a chiropractor cured you of it, and we’ll go from there.

          • *yawn*

            This is about what I expected from a ‘grown man’ living vicariously through his ‘sisters’ alleged accomplishments. Please put your helmet back on, and continue licking windows so I can continue to support your exciting lifestyle as a self appointed WCCO forum expert on medical practices

            • Les Johnson

              What a pointless comment. Sorry, but you aren’t hurting my feelings. I have to ask you though: Why are you trying? You’re so upset by my comments that you follow my comments in order to insult me? Why?

              But yes, I’m very proud of my little sister. As far as living through her accomplishments, that just isn’t necessary. I know you don’t want to hear this, but I actually have a pretty successful life going on right now.

              Best of luck to you in creating the same.

      • just me

        You ought to look at the research, Les. New study shows improvement of back pain with chiro treatment. Came out this week so stick with what you know….and from what I can tell, your sister was the only smart one between you two.

        • Me

          LOL!!!!!! NICE!!!

        • Les Johnson

          I have a sister who’s a doctor, another who’s a lawyer, and I’m an architect and engineer. We’re real dummies, I agree.

          • anon

            I’m guessing you are some sad little fat man that hides behind his computer. It is very easy to make up any little fantasy story we want about ourselves on the internet. You are not fooling anyone, Les. Nonetheless, you are quite entertaining.

            No, you’re not a dummy at all *rolls eyes*

            • Teri

              Good point!!! LMAO!

  • mom

    Molly and Monica do you have kids? Sometimes you have to take them with you what if she didn’t have anyone to watch them, what if they were new to the community, was she just supposed to leave them home alone???? you don’t know the situation or why she had them along, it is easy to say what should have been or could have been after the fact but don’t judge this mother because she did what other mothers have to do on a daily basis. When I had one of my children I had to bring my 11 month old to my postnatal appt because I didn’t have anyone to watch her, the dr didn’t seem to mind and my daughter kept busy looking at books and playing with toys I brought with for her.
    you are probably the same people who think kids don’t belong in the grocery store?

    • mom

      you are heartless and I pray an accident never happens in your family and you have people questioning ways you or family member could have handled things differently. Do you know this family to know that her kids were busy little brats? My son is 2 and very curious and he touches or does things he shouldn’t does that make him a brat no it makes him a typical little kid. Wish we could all have perfect little ones like you must have

    • Monica

      Yes, i have two of my own and one that is a foster child. And yes they were busy bodies when they were smaller and thats why i would think twice before i took them to certain places that could be dangerous– If i couldnt find a sitter, I DIDNT GO.

      I guess i am just saying she was very brave to take 3 of them, at that age–AT THE SAME TIME to a place where she would be strapped on a table, as it even mentions in the story. being curious and bored, they are going to want to push, pull hang–on anything they can.

      I am very sorry for the family’s loss, it should not have happened, but i am free to voice my opinion just as everyone else and mothers still should be mindful of where they are bringing their children.

      • mary

        She had taken them before with no problems. So why would she think anything different. Accidents do happen and I feel so sorry this happened to the family.

    • mom

      what do you mean she can’t take care of them… she was taking care of them she brought them with her big deal, millions of parents take kids places with them on a daily basis, this was a tragic, rare accident. Maybe she did have a babysitter lined up and the babysitter got sick at the last minute and she had to keep her appt or she would have been charged for it anyway. You don’t know the situation so don’t be so judgemental, this family has suffered the worst lose any parent can expierence and I am pretty sure the mom is questioning herself and playing the what if game in her head. Careful what you say you never know when it might you being put in a certain situation. If this was your family member would you like people questioning their parenting on a website?

    • mom

      what do you do to help the people on the planet already? I will apologize to no one for having my kids, I feel blessed that I was allowed to have my kids, and take care of them the way children should be taken care of. My kids know that my husband and I love them and they are our world, we are very active in their lives.I had a wonderful childhood and came from a big family, I am glad my husband and I are able to pass on great memories to our children. Was your mom selfish and shallow for having you?

    • gail

      i think reasonable must be childless.

    • Murphy39

      Molly and Monica have a very valid point. There are so many appointments where children should not be. Clinics are not staffed to be able to watch the kids. That is Mom’s responsibility. I agree–if you don’t have a sitter, reschedule that appointment–especially when it’s an appointment that you know will not allow you to watch what the kids are doing. Being a single parent, I had many times when i had to reschedule because my sitter cancelled or my ex-husband cancelled, etc. Clinics are very understanding about such scenarios.

      I’ve worked in healthcare for over 30 years. It has amazed me many, many times when I see parents bring children with them and let the kids do whatever–sliding down the banister in an open stairwell, parents standing at the top,, laughing and encouraging despite the fact that their child could have easily lost balance and fallen 4 stories to their death on the basement concrete! Parents who will ignor the fact that the child they brought with them is going thru 50 disposable drinking cups at the water cooler–cup and after cup used for a sip of water and thrown away.

      Children should never be taken any place wtihout a parent/adult available, willing and ready to supervise their behavior. No clinic, hospital or GROCERY STORE employee should be held responsible for the behavior of a customer’s children.

      • Joe

        “Clinics are very understanding about such scenarios.”

        Really? On what planet? Cancel enough appointments with some clincs, and you are persona non grata and forced to find some other provider.

      • mom of three who left them home

        I couldnt agree with you more Murphy. Taking a child to a medical TREATMENT appt was (lets all be honest here) not the smartest thing to do. I would call ahead and ask if there would be an adult there who would be able to watch them while I underwent a treatment. A TREATMENT means automatically youre going to be indisposed, its not the same as an exam.

    • Crystal

      That is a ridicious assumption. Parents are able to keep their kids nearby while grocery shopping, they can’t when they are strapped down to a table at the doctor’s office.

      I feel bad for the mother. I can’t imagine the terror that poor woman must have felt when the table fell on top of her son and she was unable to do anything but call for help but appointments where the parent is unable to keep a close eye on their toddler is not the place to take them. As this tragic story proves, it can end up becoming a parent’s worse nightmare.

    • silly2

      Kids DON”T belong at the grocery store. Unforunately, most people (including me) have to bring the kids sometimes. I am sorry for this family’s loss but I cant imagine taking 3 small children anywhere like that.

  • bluefaery

    Allen – I myself have found that the chiro is one of the best things that ever happened to medicine, since I, too, went to one of those “pill bottle” doctors and it didn’t work
    Molly – do you have any children or are you one of those nasty people sittinig in the doctors office looking down your nose at people with children
    I have 3 children, 11, 3, and 19 months I just took all of them with me to the chiropractor a month ago … the 11 year old prefers to sit in the waiting room and read the books, the 3 year old thinks it is interesting and sits on the floor near the wall with my 19 month old who thinks of it just eats his snacks and watches … some people don’t have anyone to watch our children while they do everyday things (going to the doctor, shopping, eating out, etc.) , I go everywhere I possibly can with my kids and they behave themselves … this is very sad and my heart goes out to all …

    • Les Johnson

      Shouldn’t the 11 year old be watching the other two in order to prevent the handle-pulling that caused this tragic accident?

      • mom

        Les did you not read her comment, she said her other 2 children sit on the floor and watch why would the older on need to watch them if the mother is in the room, she never said she was strapped down to the table like the woman in the article and again I ask why did the dr leave her in the room alone while she was strapped down knowing she had little kids with her. Any nurse or receptionist I know would have willing gone in the room while the dr stepped out to help keep an eye on the kids.

        • Les Johnson

          “she said her other 2 children sit on the floor and watch why would the older on need to watch them if the mother is in the room”

          Are you serious? Maybe because it’s disrespectful and distracting to the nurses and doctors who are working in the clinic??

          How incredibly RUDE!!!!!

          I think I saw you at the Allina Clinic in Cottage Grove recently with your misbehaving brood of miscreants.

          • mom

            sorry to disappoint you don’t live anywhere near the cities and there is a reason, live in a small community and I have had nurses and receptionist both offer to help me with my kids and I have turned them down and maybe that is the difference between living in a small community vs the cities, people help you out. I worked in the local clinic while I was in college and our clinic had no problem being understaffed and the nurses would play with children while their mom was being examined. When I have to take one of my children to the dr because they are sick and I have no one to watch them I have to bring them all with. People work and have other lives, I don’t expect people to watch my kids and I don’t have brats. People often comment how well behaved my children are, sometimes yes of course they are naughty and disruptive but it has not been at the drs office, and if they are misbehaving at the grocery store I have walked out before with a cart full of groceries, telling the person I will be back in a while.

          • bluefaery

            the doctors and nurses who work in the clinic which i go to don’t seem bothered at all by the fact that i bring my children … could have something to do with that they are good, listen, don’t run around, or that my chiro has 4 children of her own who i have seen from time to time in and out of the clinic …
            and for your information i do not live in the t.c. area but rather a couple hours away … perhaps you are one of those people who goes to a family restaurant and complains about the kids

        • karren

          maybe the mother should of asked the busy receptionist or the nurse tending to another patient to stop what they were doing and watch her children , I mean how rude of them not to offer huh ……….get a grip mom .I expect ur the type of parent who lets their kids play outside and leaves it up to other mothers to keep an eye on them without being asked , am i right ?

          • bluefaery

            karren – i don’t asky anyone to watch my children … they are well behaved … and no i am the mother that play outside with my children and if i am not outside i don’t let them go out

          • mom

            karen I am the mom that plays with my kids at the park and take the neighborhood kids with me to the park. I am the parent who likes having my older sons friends at our house because I can keep an eye on them and then I know what they are doing. I enjoy having my house full of kids and enjoy playing with my kids. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to the park and seen a parent sit on the bench and not interact with their child. I am not one of those parents and if I didn’t want to be active with my children I wouldn’t have had them. I don’t expect anyone other than my husband or myself to watch my children when we are out in public, when I have to take my 3 little ones with me somewhere and a nurse or receptionists asks to interact with my children I say no because chances are they wouldn’t go anyway because they don’t like strangers. You are way off base to judge someone on a comment website when you have no idea what their life is like or how they live it. remember the old saying don’t assume anything or you will make an ass out of u and me

      • mommy me

        An 11 year old is not responsible enough to know that an 18 month old may be in a dangerous situation. they would have been better off left in the waiting room. This is such a tragedy for all concerned. There will be a great deal of hindsight and maybe that in itself can be a caution to everyone.

      • bluefaery

        well les, that would be a wonderful idea however, my 11 year old has disabilities which don’t allow him to be incharge of others … and if you read the mother of this story didn’t have an older child with her to watch the others …

    • peteski

      Chiropractors don’t practice medicine because they are Chiropractors not drug pushing MDs. Millions of Americans who treat with Chiropractors every year would disagree with your foolish statement. If you have been to a Chirio once and it didn’t help you why are you bashing Chiro care? you act like the MD s can heal you which they can’t. You would be better off if you saw a Chiro to help your spine before the other discs and bones decay as well. You believe in dentists dont you? Same principle

      • kim

        But dentists have research that shows it works.
        Chiros can’t show that their treatment will keep bones from decaying because it doesn’t.
        Again, if your MD is just pushing drugs at you then you should find a better one. Mine doesn’t give drugs out without a good reason. She makes sure to find out what is really going on and considers if it will resolve itself – which is what a lot of aches and pains will do.

  • why has a death, turned into a debate???

    i work in a clinic, and we we ask that YOU DONT bring children to your appointment, unless needed.
    being a mother myself, i RARELY ever bring my child to an appointment, especially THREE, how disruptive, and rude to the doctors,staff and other patients.
    my heart does go out to the family.
    But why was she strapped to the table, and her children not being able to be attended to??? odd…..ive gone to the chiropractor numerous times, as well as my husband, and not once have they strapped us down.

    • Pinky212

      Apparently you didn’t listen to the video. Go back and listen to it and you will have the answer to your question. I could answer your question for you, but if you really are interested in the answer, you’ll take the time to do that. If you choose not to take the time, then I can only conclude that your comment was made with a mean spirited heart.

      Some people realize it isn’t always possible to have the luxury of not bringing the children with you. I wouldn’t patronize a clinic such as the one you work in. If a caring profession such as medicine can’t have enough heart to understand the various situations parents can find themselves in, then they don’t have enough heart for me to entrust my care to them.

  • Sad

    Horrible tragedy. I hope it does not get worse with a frivolous lawsuit, attempting to assign blame where it does not belong. I realize that not everyone can afford a babysitter, but healthcare workers are not babysitters. The children should not have been unsupervised., I apologize for prejudging anyone without all the facts, but preventable tragedies bother me tremendously.

    • white lady who hates racist remaks

      you really should get a life…She was a white lady.

    • just me

      yes markH the youngest two children are exactly 6 months apart. What logic to lead you to conclude that? What if they said the child was 2 years 6 months and 18 days old. Does that help?

    • Sanity

      Seriously? You conclude race based on the time between births? A time period that you inaccurately guessed at because you didn’t understand that a child is 2 years old for an ENTIRE year.

      Me and my older brother were born 11 months apart. I was born 14 weeks premature. My parents are white, middle class people.

    • Kim

      Making assumptions? 18mo to 2 doesn’t mean exactly 6mo difference. Which would be extreamly unlikely. It only means the 2yr hasn’t reached 3 yet. They could be almost 16mo apart.

      Which still has nothing to do with race. And even if she is a minority, it has nothing to do with anything real.
      I’m white and my older brother is only 17mo older than me. Mom was a bit surprised, but we were both planned.

  • just me

    Chiropractors have the same (if not more) schooling & training as a medical doctor. Look it up, Les.

    • markH

      That statement if patently false. My brother is a Chiropractor and he did NOT go to medical school in order to practice. Chiropractors, DO’s, and Homeopaths are NOT medical doctors, nor do they (as a general rule) have the background in physiology, anatomy, etc that medical doctors are required to know and understand. There is as much difference in the educational requirements of a medical doctor and a chiropractor as there is between a practicing trial lawyer and legal assistant. Educate yourself before you lead others astray with your credulity. Peace.

      • just me

        Have you looked at the number of hours required for “med school” and chiro school in various subjects? We ALL have to take the basic sciences board tests–standardized tests. Granted, medical school and chiro school are different BUT they only differ in the philosophy and ways to treat patients. Anatomy is anatomy. Biochem is biochem. People are people and we are all very much the same underneath. Just ask your brother.

        • markH

          Yes, “Anatomy is anatomy. Biochem is biochem.”

          And snake oil is snake oil; pablum for the credulous.

          • just me

            Your ignorance is my bliss.

          • Pinky212

            You sound like you don’t like your brother very much! First you diss him on his education, and then compare his practice with “snake oil.” Perhaps a bit of jealousy there, huh?

      • Tom

        You need to educate yourself. A DO is absolutely the same as a medical doctor. They take the exact same training with an additional course in manipulation. How else could they partake in rotations and take up residency? They can take MD boards but an MD cannot take DO boards. DO’s work side-by-side with MD’s in many clinics and hospitals. Many specialists are DO’s and people aren’t even aware of it. How do I know this? My son is a DO.

        • Cat

          Except that most Doctors of Osteopathy go to Osteopathic schools because they dont quite measure up enough to get into a Medical school. I work in health care and even most of the DO’s I know admitt this. They also go on to become mostly excellent Dr’s.

      • Robert

        I live around Buffalo, and our hospital has chiropractors on staff, and they are listed as doctors. Any explanation on that, MarkH? I’m not picking sides, but my medical doctor sent me to the chiropractor for my headaches last year, and they seem to get along great, and neither on seems particularly more educated than the other. Just sayin.

    • Kim

      No, they don’t. The Chiro schooling is only about 3 years. MDs are 8-10 depending on residency.

      • peteski

        Chiro school is 4 years with 4 years of pre chiropractic or pre medical education required before entering. MDs usually have 4 years with specialty MDs having more only due to residency

        • S. Quinn

          MDs ALSO must have 4 years of pre-medical education! You make it sound like chiros have an ADDITIONAL four years of training, which they do not.

          • Pinky212

            Reread peteski’s comment. It’s clear to me that he did NOT “make it sound” like chiros have an additional four years of training. It seems to me that reading comprehension is not your strong suit.

    • cat

      The doctor of chiropractic curriculum at Northwestern consists of five academic years (three and one-third calendar years). Students begin learning “hands-on” chiropractic techniques beginning in their first trimester and progress to supervised in-class adjusting in Trimester 3.
      Yeah, that seems to be the same as a traditional 4 Year Bachelors degree followed by 4 years of Medical school and then 3-10 years of internship/residency. Yeah, they’re the same all right.

  • just me

    Oohhh…nope…just find an honest repair shop….(LMAO) Best of luck on that one. :)

  • Mel

    Oh dear Jesus! This is an unimagineable nightmare beyond words. Lord help this family, especially the mom. Many prayers are going up today from Burnsville.

    • markH

      Speaking of credulity…

  • discusted

    I clicked on this article to read the ARTICLE. I came upon the comments and really wish I would not have read them. You people are HEARTLESS, JUDGEMENTAL, CRUEL people. This woman just lost her child. Do not judge a person until you have walked in their shoes. IT IS CALLED A FREAK ACCIDENT and these poor people now have to mourn the loss of their child. Apparantley you judgers are perfect. SO DISCUSTING!! My prayers go out to this family!!

    • WhatsUpDude

      I think the word you are actually looking for is “disgusted” as well as “disgusting”.

  • markH

    molly- I get the point you’re making, but I am a father of two young boys and there is no way I can “leave the kids at home” if I have an appointment, and certainly not if the appointment is for one of them. This is a very unusual (read:freak) accident that no one could have foreseen. If I were you, I’d be assigning blame to the manufacturer of the table that has a power button within reach of small children or an inadvertent touch. Peace.

  • pj

    Chiropractic & Acupuncture have helped me so much with pain.
    Sorry to hear about this little kid it breaks my heart.

  • markH

    The fact is, I never said she wasn’t “white.” I myself was thinking she was a Greek-American, but now we know how you think. Peace.

  • JJ

    a button on an object that could come down and kill someone should NEVER to reachable by a child. It should also have some kind of safety device/lock on it that requires manipulation by an experienced adult. I see a manufacturer lawsuit in the making. Of course, a toddler should never be in an examining room where there is this sort of danger present.

  • Ben

    This is truly a sad situation but I do have to lol at the moron that said Chiros have the same training as medical doctor. Moron is the only word that can describe an ill informed statement like “Chiros have as much training (if not more) then medical doctors”

  • plymom

    My heart goes out to the family. Surely they never expected this to happen. It is nobody’s fault—just an accident. I can relate to this since a similar incident happened to me, my toddler was reading a book sitting on floor right next to the chiro table, and he must have leaned on a lever, and the table came crashing down. He was very scared, so was I, and the chiropractor of course came running in from the noise. But she did not mind me bringing my son before or after that.

    • Les Johnson

      “It is nobody’s fault—just an accident.”

      That simply is not true, because it could have been prevented.

  • bubba

    the dr. profit margin was’st large enought to have an employee stay with a restained person in pain and her children.

  • Kim

    If you’re seeing a drug pushing MD, you should try a real one – of which chiros are not. The realistic and ethical chiros are realizing that subluxations were a made up theory that no proof for can be found. A good shiro will stick to lower back pain and be more like a physical therapist rather than claiming to treat asthma, ear infections and anything else they can think of.
    Like any profession, there are cranks and underperformers. MDs and chiros will both have some. But chiros don’t have near the training MDs do. They also don’t have the research and evidence to support the practice.
    Just because a lot of people believe in them doesn’t mean they work. A lot of people believe in lucky rabbit’s feet and afraid of the number 13.

    • Bill

      Hmm. My 2 year old neighbor was scheduled for ear tubes for chronic ear infections, went to the chiropractor a few times, and hasn’t had an infections since. I guess nobody told the kid it wouldn’t work…

      • Kim

        So she grew out of the need and the chiro gets credit for it? I grew out of the problem of chronic ear infections and didn’t see a chiro. Perhaps I should say that since the problem resolved not seeing a chiro fixed it. that is like saying ‘I washed my car and it rained, so that means washing my car made it rain’.
        Too bad the evidence shows that adjusting your spine doesn’t help ear infections and poor drainage of the inner ear.

  • ozzie

    I have been an RN for over 20 years and I have a problem with the way chiros approach the money aspect. Never have I had an MD tell me I had to come to see him 50 times as a chiro did recently to the tune of 1700.00. For that much money and visits it better come with a “happy ending”. This visit surely didn’t/

    • SamIam

      Did an MD tell you to take a pill every day for the rest of your life? How about to go to PT 3 times a week for 12 weeks? Did you get a “happy ending” after that? Just curious. By the way, 1700 for 50 treatments comes to 34 bucks each. Pretty reasonable. It’s about the cost of one MRI. If your problem is gone by then, that’s a pretty fair deal, no?

  • Marilyn

    To the parents of Benjamin,I’m so sorry for your tragic loss.To CBS, Why don’t you monitor these comments frequently and take out the ones that are not offering condolences to the family who lost a precious child.No parent needs to see the negative comments while they are grieving,The First Chiropractic employees don’t need to read these either.Maybe there just shouldn’t be a comment section when the story involves a tragedy such as this one.Benjamin sleep with the angels.

    • SGTJohn

      Well said.

    • Crystal

      Marilyn, for the parents to see negative comments while they are grieving they would have to be reading the comment section, that is highly unlikely. The last thing a parent is going to do shortly after their child’s death, is surf the internet, reading articles about the death.

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