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Earlier this week we brought you the devastating news about the baby boy who died in the back seat of his grandparents’ car while they were in church.

Now his mother and their daughter, Mandi Hendershot, has posted a message on Facebook describing the wonderful relationship between the Jaxon and his doting grandparents, and telling the world she chooses forgiveness.

Her message is absolutely heartbreaking, and so noble.

It is very widespread news at this point that my son died on Saturday, September 5th at 11 months and 8 days old. There have been many news reports, and various stories.
I was not there, and he was in the care of his grandparents, my parents. His death was a horrific, tragic event and has devastated many.
My son had the best two grandparents any baby ever had in his short time here. These are grandparents that were there through my long, 23 hour labour. These are the grandparents that took him some weekend nights and walked for hours when he had colic and was inconsolable. These are the grandparents that watched him roll over, sit up, crawl and pull himself up for the first time. These people held and loved him when he was sick, feverish or fussy. These are the people that could make him smile and laugh when no one else could. They were there for him every day of his life, and my son loved them unconditionally the same way they did.
What happened was terrible, there is no argument for that. But who of us hasn’t made a mistake, such a horrible mistake that we thought nobody else could forgive it? Who hasn’t had others judge them, and spit on them and spew hatred? Since every one of us has done terrible things and caused immense pain to others, who but God can condemn?
I am in more pain than any human has ever experienced, but I chose to let go of hatred and blame. I remember my sweet boy with love and grief, and I will always love him.

Can you imagine finding the strength to forgive at such a terrible time? Share your messages for Mandi below. 

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  1. Such a beautiful message of compassion for her parents ..This is so tragic and could happen to anyone of us..A moment of forgetfulness is so easy ..and her parents will never forgive themselves the rest of their lives ..

  2. So sad and not something you would wish on anyone. Too forgive sets you free to grieve and love.

  3. god wasn’t there when he should have been!!

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    • God is always there. The grandparents made a human error. One they must live with for the rest of their lives. The daughter is very forgiving! It is a very difficult time for them I can only imagine. I still find it hard to comprehend how the two grandparents went to church, and forgot? They had the baby in the car!

  4. My thoughts are with all concerned-and to the Mom your a very special human being-NOTHING WILL CHANGE THE AWFUL THING THAT HAPPENED but you are not blaming anyone-I ADMIRE YOU MORE THAN YOU COULD POSSIBLY KNOW-God bless you all

  5. I am a believer. .and I know God does everything for a reason.May you and your parents get comfort knowing he is in Heaven once again

  6. It is not a matter of being able to find the strength to forgive. That strength is inborn in those of us raised with love, understanding and compassion. No one is to blame for this the most tragic and devastating of events. No parent should have to endure the horror. How could Mandi hold her loving and caring parents responsible? It seems her strength lies in the very things instilled in her by her parents. Attributes that will see her in good stead throughout her life.

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    • Rod I totally have the same thoughts as your self Humm and as we were not there we cannot judge

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