‘Welcome to Plathville’: Barry and Kim Plath Suffered Tragic Child Loss

Welcome to Plathville mother Kim Plath shared a tragic story about the loss of her son. Barry Plath and wife Kim Plath lost one of their children at only 17 months old. Their son Joshua was in an accident that resulted in the toddler’s death in 2008. Kim shared the heartbreaking story of the devastating loss on the Plath Family Band’s website.

Welcome to Plathville Update: Kim & Barry Plath Lose Young Toddler

Joshua Samuel Plath was born on April 15, 2007, and was the younger brother to Ethan Plath, Hosanna Plath, Moriah Plath, Lydia Plath, and Isaac Plath. He would have been the older brother to Amber Plath, Cassia Plath, and Mercy Plath. But in autum of 2008, he was involved in a tragic accident that took his life.

He passed away on September 19, 2008, at Welcome to Plathville stars Kim & Barry Plath’s family home in Grady County, Georgia. Joshua was only 17 months old at the time of his death.

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Kim Plath Retells Tragic Story of Son’s Death

In an emotional post on the Plath family’s website, Kim Plath told the heart-wrenching story behind Joshua’s passing. Kim said that in 2008 she was planting fruit trees using her SUV and was pregnant with her 8th child. She saw that 17-month old Joshua was away from her Suburban and she drove forward to get the next tree. She panicked when she realized she had ran over her son.

The Welcome to Plathville mom shared that she lived the that hour nonstop in her brain for the next 8 months.

Kim Plath said she “lived in Hell on earth” and woke up every day functioning, but just barely. She writes, “I wanted to die”.

The heartbroken mother said she read her Bible and saw, “Abel’s blood crieth to me from the ground.” and then “hands that shed innocent blood”. She writes that she had to stop reading her Bible after that. She said that if someone mentioned her son’s name she would have to leave the room due to the guilt overwhelming her.

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Barry Plath Never Placed Blame – ‘Just Loved Me’ Says Kim

Despite the fact that Kim Plath was in a hole of self-loathing, Barry Plath remained at her side. She said that if the situation were reversed, she would have blamed her husband. But Barry, never laid any of the blame for the accident on Kim.

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Because of this, Kim says her respect for her husband has soared when she thinks how strong he was then when she most needed him.

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Welcome to Plathville: Kim Plath Credits God For ‘Restoring Our Joy’

Kim Plath praises God for getting herself, Barry Plath, and their children through the pits of despair. She said that God has been very faithful to the Plaths and helped the family restore their joy.

Losing a child is something a mother should never have to go through. Kim Plath showed tremendous courage by sharing her story with the world. It appears that Kim has managed to find her happiness again.

Welcome to Plathville airs Tuesday nights at 10 pm on TLC.

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