Dad Charged After Girl Dies on Cold Walk

Children walked miles after truck broke down on Christmas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 30, 2008 11:32 AM CST

(Newser) – The father of an 11-year-old girl who died, likely of hypothermia, after trying to walk 10 miles in the snow Christmas Day has been charged with second-degree murder. Robert Aragon banged his head on the defendant's table during the short hearing. Authorities allege the 55-year-old Idaho man let Sage Aragon and her 12-year-old brother out to walk to their mother's house after his truck got stuck in a snow drift; he freed the vehicle and drove home.

The children separated at some point; the boy was found first, 4.5 miles from where the children started walking, delusional from hypothermia and wearing only long underwear. Sage was found about 2.7 miles from where the two set out, in a brown down coat, black shirt, pink pajama pants, and tan snowboots. Officials say temperatures in the area at the time ranged from 27 degrees to minus 5. (Read more hypothermia stories.)

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