Charles was born about one year after the Ingalls' arrival in Walnut Grove and was the son that Charles had always wanted. Charles adored him, making Laura jealous. He died shortly after his birth when he was not gaining any weight but eating a lot. This was because his red blood cells were low. Later, Laura blamed herself for his death by not praying for his good health. Charles Frederick was only natural-born male child Charles and Caroline ever had. Caroline visits his grave during her pregnancy with Grace.