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Child labor laws didn't save Palatka teen

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- An investigation is underway in Middleburg into how a 14-year-old died working for a tree service.

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imtellin - 8/15/2013 10:25 AM
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how much were they paying him ??? have they sent his last check to his family ??? was he paid overtime after 40 hours ??? was he on the books ??? did he have health insurance ??? and finally, what in the hell were the owners thinking allowing a kid of 14, to climb a tree with a chainsaw ??? i'ld have to say stupidity has just gotten a new poster child,, middleburg !!! why stop at a chainsaw 50 feet in the air,, hell a flamethrower would have accomplished the same result !!! dynamite would have accomplished the same result !!! didn't have a trakhoe handy ??? bottom line is yeah, they were trying to man the kid up,, i get it... problem is, he wasn't their kid !!! they don't get to make those decisions... as for charges,, CLAY COUNTY,,, HOW ABOUT ENDANGERING THE SAFETY & WELFARE OF A CHILD UNDER 16 YEARS OLD, RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF SAID CHILD !!! WHAT'S THE PROBBLEM WITH THAT CHARGE FOR STARTERS ??? OR IS THE GOOD OLE BOY NETWORK TRYING TO MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK ON THURSDAY ???

taxi69 - 8/15/2013 9:06 AM
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NativeJax - from previous reports, this child lived with his uncle, not parents. I wonder how much the uncle pushed this kid to get a job regardless of the situation.

nativejax - 8/15/2013 7:53 AM
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I would think the boys parents knew he was doing this and would have stopped him. I would not have let my boy operate a chainsaw on the ground at 14, must less 50 ft in the air...so sad.
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