Welcome To Plathville: The Tragic Death Of Joshua Plath

Welcome to Plathville's Barry and Kim have been married for more than 20 years, and their relationship is built on the rock-solid foundation of unwavering faith in God above all else. In every aspect of their daily lives, whether it's raising their nine children, tackling the work on the rural Georgia farm they call home, home-schooling, or even managing the family band, the Plath parents trust their faith in the Lord to guide them in all matters big and small.

Still, there are some things that even devotion to a higher power can't prepare you for and, when their youngest son, Joshua, just 17 months old, perished in an unimaginably tragic incident on their own property, Barry and Kim found their faith tested like never before. As Woman's Day notes, during an episode of Welcome to Plathville, the family matriarch recalled how, immediately after discovering what had happened to her little boy, "I had just seen him and I thought it was okay." 

Joshua Plath died in a tragic farm accident

Welcome to Plathville follows the Plath parents and their nine kids; Ethan, Hosanna, Micah, Moriah, Lydia, Isaac, Amber, Cassia, and Mercy, as well as Ethan's somewhat controversial wife, Olivia. The Plath children follow strict rules in the household, from staying away from technology to never indulging in sugary drinks. However, beneath the veneer of peaceful harmony, there's a massive wound that may never be healed.

As Kim recalls on the Plath family website, it was fall 2008, and she was busy moving trees using the family's Suburban. "I looked for our 17-month-old Joshua, saw that he was away from the vehicle, then pulled forward to get the next tree. In a panic, I realized what had happened. I ran over our Joshua," she admitted. Kim then says she, "Lived the next hour nonstop in my brain for the next 8 months."

Welcome to Plathville's Kim and Barry healed through their faith

Barry hurried home from work, but poor Joshua had passed away before he arrived. On the family site, Kim describes what happened next as, "Hell on earth," noting she barely functioned and even wanted to die at times. She couldn't even hear her son's name. Still, in spite of everything, Barry stuck by her, never throwing out accusations or making Kim feel worse for what had happened. As she describes it, "He was strong. He just loved me."

The mother of nine credits her unshakable faith with getting her through such a difficult time, explaining how God ultimately healed her. "God has been so faithful to our family for getting us through such a horrific event. He has indeed fully restored our joy. And we are forever grateful!" she wrote. According to the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Joshua Plath's death was officially ruled an accident by the local sheriff's office.