Boy: Dad gave warning before fatal hike

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 8 at 10:38 AM

SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho boy says his father warned him to stay with his sister, be careful and avoid nearby farm fields before setting out to trek several miles along a desolate highway last Christmas Day.

Bear Aragon, 13, testified Thursday in the trial of his father, 56-year-old Robert Aragon, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter for allowing his 11-year-old daughter, Sage, and Bear to walk up to 10 miles in freezing conditions to their mother's home after his car got stuck in a snowdrift.

Sage died of hypothermia. Rescuers found her snow-covered body early the next day. Bear survived by taking cover in a single-stall restroom at a recreation site.

Bear was the final witness against Aragon.

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