A father who arrived at a Chicago daycare nursery to pick up his one-year-old daughter found the building shuttered 15 minutes before closing on Monday.
Then Cornelius Jones heard screams through the locked door at the All Things are Possible for Kids centre and called 911. Firefighters forced entry, but couldn’t find little girl, Journee, in the dark nursery. “I was wondering where is she, where is she?” Jones said. “I hear her, but I couldn’t see her.
“And one of the police officers flashed a light to the left and flashed it back to the right and that’s when I saw her crawling towards us screaming and my heart just dropped.” Journee’s mother, Quanesha Borum, said the day centre director apologised to her, but gave an explanation that she found unacceptable.
“She told me that they thought Journee was a doll, but she’s not that little to be a doll, so it’s some excuses,” said Ms Borum. The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the incident. Jones now wants the nursery closed. “If anything, it should be shut down. I mean nobody leaves kids behind, toddlers. I don’t care how old they are, that’s dangerous,” he said.
Police in Champlin, Minnesota, say a 38-year-old woman was arrested and has admitted sending anonymous threats to a family that said she wanted to taste and lick their children. Police say the woman was upset because the children made noise and left items in her yard. Carrie Pernula was arrested on Friday and faces possible charges of gross misdemeanor terroristic threats and stalking. Word of the threats spread quickly through social media and neighbours say both they and the family were terrified.
The first anonymous threat arrived on Sept. 27 by mail. The two short sentences said: “The children look delicious. May I have a taste?” The family lives in a Champlin neighbourhood and they have two elementary school students. Terrifed, they called the Champlin Police Department and posted on a Champlin community Facebook page, saying in part, “Opened our mail today to this letter. Obviously my stomach started doing somersaults.” Then, the family began to receive magazine subscriptions.
“Instead of a name on the address label it said things like ‘tasty children’ along those lines,” Champlin Deputy Police Chief Ty Schmidt said. Champlin police traced the magazines and last Friday arrested Carrie Pernula. Police say she admitted to the threats. “She was angry because the kids were leaving things in her yard and I think being a little noisy, being kids, the way kids are,” Schmidt said. The neighbourhood is full of families with young children.
Word of the threats spread quickly on social media and families were terrified for their children. Pernula was released from jail on Monday and is believed to be back at her home. Champlin police say its disturbing someone would create such fear. “In this case they went way beyond the bounds of what should be done,” Schmidt said. Pernula, when confronted by investigators, admitted to sending notes and magazines because the children at that house were “always putting stuff on her porch.” She has not been charged. The Champlin city attorney is reviewing her case.
In Argentina, a man and a woman robbed a store. The man passed the child to his partner, pulled out a gun and pointed it at the owner’s head.
The woman puts the baby on the floor to crawl around while she stashes £3,500 worth of clothes and cash into a bag.
Store owner Marcelo Taraborrelli says: “The girl obviously had the baby so everything appeared normal. It was a strategy. Unfortunately the child was an innocent accomplice. He didn’t walk and I reckon he was about nine months to one year old.
A mother has filed a formal complaint after teachers confiscated her 14-year-old son’s e-cigarette, claiming he needs it to kick his 10-a-day cigarette habit. Mason Dunn had his electronic device taken away after staff found him ‘vaping’ on school premises.
His mother Sue, aged 42, said Mason had started smoking at the age of 12 following the death of his father – and said the family had been trying to help him quit since they found out last year. She said patches and other quitting methods had not helped – and it was only when his older brother bought him an e-cigarette at the start of the summer holidays that he finally started to cut down.
Mrs Dunn marched down to Kearsley Academy in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, to confront teachers, but said they refused to back down and allow him to use the device on school grounds – even if he promised not to do so in view of younger children. Mason said he is now back to smoking normal cigarettes, despite the e-cigarette being returned to him. “It feels like the school don’t want me to stop smoking,” he said. “It is really irritating because they shout at me when I have got a cigarette and tell me to stop and then when I try to quit, they tell me to stop doing that as well. It is really hard and I don’t know what to do next.”
School headteacher Suzanne Pountain said staff had a “duty of care” to students to uphold Kearsley being a non-smoking school. “As a healthy school we encourage students to lead healthy lifestyles and to make healthy choices. We offer students access to the school nurse and if necessary pathways such as the smoke cessation programme, if this is needed. We will continue to work with and support Mason within the guidelines of our policy. For the safeguarding of all our students, smoking, including the use of any nicotine inhalation devices are not allowed,” she said.
A friendly impromptu dance competition turned into a brawl between two Dallas-area schools’ drill teams. The fight between Wilmer Hutchins High School and James Madison High School’s drill teams happened after the football game ended last Friday at Wilmer Hutchins Stadium. Deshannon Roberts’ daughter, 15-year-old Shamyra Cooper, had a member from Madison High School come over to her and perform a mock routine.
“You do have a personal space in which you are supposed to respect,” Roberts said. “That was not respected, so it was heated at that point.” The dance team member from Madison returned and Cooper turned her back. Then there was a hit to the back of the head. “I immediately leaped over the rail and ran to the field, trying to get my baby,” Roberts said. “By that time it was chaos.” The field was filled with brawling dance team members and adults who had joined in. Dallas ISD released a statement condemning the actions of those involved.
“Impromptu dance-offs are not part of the approved performance for dance teams and fighting is never acceptable. Disciplinary actions will be taken as appropriate,” the district’s statement read. Later, the coach and sister of the girl accused of starting the fight said video of the incident is misleading. Karrington Wright said there was no hit to the back of the head by her 13-year-old sister, who danced for the James Madison Trojanettes. The alleged hit to the head triggered the brawl. “I was right there. I know what happened. So she didn’t hit her,” Wright said, adding that the motion of the Wilmer Hutchins dance team member’s hands show that she was never actually struck.
“She’s not that kind of person,” Wright said of her sister. “She’s never had a fight. She’s a baby.” Wright also said her younger sister got a busted lip and had her hair badly pulled. The mother of the 15-year-old on the Wilmer Hutchins drill team said it wasn’t just the hit – but the disrespect of violating her daughter’s personal space that inflamed tensions. Wright said the incident was never personal. Wright said she tried to break up the fight, but she was unable to calm things down. The principal of Madison High School has told Wright she’s no longer the coach of the Trojanettes. Wright’s younger sister has also been kicked off the drill team.
A mother-of-two who tried to give her friend a fright by recreating a knife-wielding scene from the film Psycho has been fined more than £400. Lisa Peck knocked on her neighbour’s door holding a black kitchen knife to scare her. Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho is the favourite film of Peck and her pal. However, another neighbour spotted her through her front window and called the police.
When they arrived, Peck, 36, of Colchester, Essex, was back in her home, but when they searched the house they found a knife on the floor in her hall and she was arrested. Peck admitted possessing an offensive weapon in public when she appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court. Lesla Small, prosecuting said: “Miss Peck said she thought it would be funny to knock on the door and give her friend a bit of a fright.”
James O’Toole, mitigating, said Peck is extremely remorseful and was under considerable pressure at the time because her two teenage children had moved back in with her after living with their father. He said: “For whatever reason, it came into her head to re-enact a scene from their favourite film, Psycho. It was absolutely stupid and foolish beyond belief. She had absolutely no intention of using the knife and she knows it was absolutely stupid.”
A Florida man is accused of trying to kill his mother after police said he fired a shotgun in her direction outside their apartment in South Daytona early on Tuesday morning. Stewart Butler, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and discharging a firearm in public. Police said Butler and his mother had been arguing about chores inside their apartment just before 2am. He allegedly became so angry at his mother that he threw her cat against a wall twice and threatened to cut the cat in half and make his mother eat it, police said.
Investigators said Butler’s mother became frightened and ran outside, where Butler followed her with a shotgun and fired in her direction. A round hit the ground just a few feet from where the victim was standing, police said. Butler’s mother said she stands by her son and said she hired an attorney and will defend her son to the fullest extent. She said he’s going through a very difficult time in his life because of a divorce right now. She also said he has never been violent with her before, and he just snapped. Police dispute that, saying Butler has previously been a party to domestic disturbances involving his mother.
They said her own call to 911 suggested her terror. “I’m not leaving the room until a police officer comes in the house. I’m afraid. He has fired a shotgun at me and thrown my cat against the wall,” Butler’s mother said in the 911 call. Police said Butler woke his mother up to complain about chores she wanted him to do. Butler allegedly grabbed a shotgun and chased her out of the apartment to the patio. “He then confronted her and fired the shotgun at her and it struck a few feet from where she was standing,” said South Daytona Police Lt. Mark Cheatham.
Police said they found a small crater in the ground where the shotgun pellets exploded, and the shotgun itself was hidden beneath a car parked next to the suspect’s car. Before the shooting, the victim told officers Butler went after her kitten. “He’s thrown my cat against the wall, and he told me he would rip her apart and make me eat her. Please hurry, I’m very scared,” she said. As the judge read the charges in court 0n Tuesday, Butler seemed dismayed and was stunned there was no bond. He’s also been ordered to have no contact at all with the victim. The suspect could also still face animal cruelty charges for allegedly abusing the cat. Butler’s mother told police she’s going to take the cat to a veterinarian first.
A final decision on Padi went to Circuit Court after a public outcry on Facebookprompted county commissioners to hear her case. Under the current law, Britt said, Padi’s owner is not entitled to “due process” and the dog would be euthanised without a hearing. Britt argues Padi was provoked to bite the child when the child was not properly supervised.
The attorney said that Padi has the right to defend himself in that situation when he was cornered under the veterinarian’s desk. This would be in line with Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law enacted in 2005. Attorneys representing the victim’s family are arguing that Padi was unprovoked in the attack that severed the earlobe of the child.
A 12-year-old boy is suspended from school for ‘staring’ at another student. It happened in September of 2014 at St. Gabriel Consolidated School in Glendale, Ohio. The parents filed suit in Hamilton County Common Pleas court to try and get the suspension erased claiming the school didn’t give their son due process. Last week a Judge denied the claim, which means as of now the suspension of the 12-year-old stands. “The perception is he intimidated her,” said Candice Tolbert, his mother.
“My son stared at a girl who was engaged in a staring game,” she said. “She giggled the entire time,” she said from her Liberty Township home. Court paper shows the female student “felt fearful.” The incident happened on a Monday. The school was notified by the girl’s parents on Tuesday. They allegedly notified the Tolbert’s son on Tuesday, but did not tell the Tolbert’s until Wednesday. By that time, their son had already written an apology letter, which the parents said they were unaware of until notified by the school. In the letter, the 12-year-old wrote, “I never knew she was scared because she was laughing.”
It also read, “I understand I done the wrong thing that will never happen again. I will start to think before I do so I am not in this situation.” In a statement the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said: “Judge Patrick Dinkelacker listened to the plaintiff’s arguments, rejected them, and dismissed the complaint against the school. We aren’t going to comment any further on particular issues concerning our students.” The 12-year-old is black and the female student is white. The Tolberts said they are not ready to pull out the race card, but are concerned the way their son was treated.
They question the punishment their son received and the non-punishment they claim the alleged victim received in an earlier incident. “The same girl that accused my son of this act of perception of intimidation, aggressively poured milk on someone else’s lunch. When she did that there was no penalties for that. She received nothing for that,” said Candice. The school sited the handbook, which they feel supports their position on the suspension. It reads in part, “The principal is the final recourse in all disciplinary matters and may waive any and all rules at his/her discretion for just cause.” The parents are considering appealing the judge’s decision.
A mother and son from Apopka, Florida, are the suspected ringleaders of an unusual theft scheme.
Police say Clint Curtiss, 44, and Mary Curtiss, 64, led a group they say is responsible for stealing more than $100,000 worth of toothbrushes in the past year. The thefts happened at Publix, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS stores throughout Central Florida.
But investigators believe the toothbrush theft operation may be much larger, and the thefts started in 2011. Clint and Mary Curtiss both face charges of racketeering and conspiracy to engage in racketeering. They were arrested on Tuesday and remain in the Orange County Jail.
Police officers were called to St John’s C of E Primary School in Dorking, Surrey, after parents were seen arguing outside the gates on Wednesday morning. One concerned parent said the adults were ‘threatening to kill each other’ in front of theirs and other children.
The parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Parents were shouting and screaming at each other, with bad language and threatening to stab and kill each other in a play ground, it’s disgusting. It’s a primary school, this should not be going on.” The parent said that this was not the first time something like this has happened, claiming that police have been called out several times in the last year due to parents fighting outside the school.
They added: “I don’t want to send my kid there in that environment, and I am not the only parent that has complained, but I can’t get him in any other school as they are all full. I don’t want him subjected to it. But if I take him out we will be done for absences. Sooner or later someone is going to get hurt. It’s beyond unbelievable what happens, police will soon have to start being there for morning drop-offs.
“Enough is enough, kids are picking up bad behaviour. It’s not the school’s fault, but it is their fault for not acting. It’s not them, it’s parents, but it’s going on in school premises in front of children.” The school has denied that this is a regular occurrence, with only one other incident in the past few months that has involved police. Police received reports of an altercation taking place at the school, just before 9am. A spokesman said: “Officers attended and the matter is being investigated. No arrests have been made at this stage.”
A fisherman from Kaliro district in Uganda has been hailed as a hero by his villagemates after he killed a crocodile that mauled his pregnant wife. Mubarak Batambuze, 56, of Kibuye village, Nawaikoke sub-county in Kaliro, used a spear to stab the crocodile in the stomach shortly after it had eaten his eight-month-pregnant wife, Demeteriya Nabwire.
She was eaten by the crocodile during the early hours of last Sunday morning as she went to search for firewood on the shores of Lake Kyoga. Residents found slippers Nabwire was wearing, toes, fingers and a mobile phone at the spot where she was devoured by the deadly reptile. Batambuze said the same crocodile is believed to have eaten six women and children who had gone to fetch water at the same spot last year.
He said after discovering that his wife had been killed by the crocodile, he went to the scene and found the beast still resting there. “I went to a blacksmith and paid him sh20,000 (£4.65, $7) so that he could make me a very sharp spear.” Batambuze stabbed the crocodile once in the stomach, looped it with a rope and pulled it towards the shore with the help of five other fishermen.
The braveheart was hoisted shoulder-high by the residents who praised him as a hero of the village for being brave enough to kill the crocodile that had terrorised people in the area. Five other people survived being eaten up by a crocodile last year after they were rescued by the residents. In those earlier incidents, the survivors lost their limbs and sustained deep cuts inflicted by the reptile. An official of the Uganda Wildlife Authourity (UWA), John Opio, said the crocodile was 25-footer and weighed over 1,000kg.
A father from Mayville, North Dakota, has been charged with felony terrorising after he allegedly threatened to kill his 9-year-old son if the boy didn’t call 911 following a drunken fight betewwen the man and his wife over a game of Yahtzee. Brian Cutshall, 40, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Traill County District Court to a single count of Class C felony terrorising.
According to documents with the charges, Traill County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at about 2:34am on Dec 18 to an address in Mayville on a report of a scared boy who called to report a domestic dispute that became physical. The boy’s mother also got on the phone to report she was hit in the head with something, dispatch told deputies. When deputies arrived, they spoke with Cutshall, whose cheek was swollen and marked with red, and who was slurring his words and hard to understand.
Cutshall, smelling strongly of alcohol, angrily denied hitting his wife with anything, court documents allege, and said she hit him in the face with an empty wine bottle. A deputy then interviewed Cutshall’s son, who told them he came downstairs and found his mother on the floor with a bloody nose. The boy told the deputy he went upstairs to bed when his parents began arguing while playing a game of Yahtzee. When he heard screaming, he went downstairs. When a deputy told the boy he did a good job by calling 911, he said his father told him if he didn’t call 911, he was going to kill him, documents state.
The deputy asked the boy if his father was being hit by his mother when he threatened to kill him, and the boy replied yes. Deputies interviewed the boy’s mother, who also smelled strongly of alcohol and had red marks on the left side of her neck, documents state. The woman, slurring her words, denied hitting Cutshall, said there was no wine bottle, and said she didn’t recall Cutshall hitting her. The boy said his father put the empty bottles in the sink, which was where the deputy discovered an empty 40-ounce bottle of beer and an empty bottle of Boone’s Farm wine. The boy was taken into protective custody.
Firefighters spent two hours working to free a woman stuck in a fireplace at a Woodcrest, California, home early on Saturday. Tony Hernandez, the homeowner, identified the woman as the mother of his children, and says he did not want her in the house.
The 35-year-old woman was reported stuck at about 5am. Hernandez got up for work at around 4:30am when he heard his wife calling his name. He checked the front and backyards, but couldn’t find her. “She called me back again, and I said, ‘Where are you at?’ And she said, ‘I’m trapped in the chimney.’ So I tried to get her out from the top but it was too hard,” he said.
Hernandez said he nearly fell off the roof trying to rescue her, and that’s when he called 911. His wife said she told him she had knocked and rang the doorbell during the night. Hernandez said he did not hear anything. The woman was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and is expected to be okay.
Hernandez said he believes she tried to get in through the chimney because it was so cold outside. According to Hernandez, his wife stops by the home time and again to see their children. The children were not home at the time of the incident. The damage to Hernandez’s chimney is expensive, and he says it will have to be rebuilt.
A Florida father said he wanted to discipline his daughter by paddling her, but did not want to break the law, so he called the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office to come and supervise.
The man’s 12-year-old daughter got into a heated argument with her sister on Monday, and the father wanted to discipline his daughter, according to a deputy’s report.
A deputy went over to his house, supervised the discipline, and determined it was within legal bounds and that there was no crime, and left. The sheriff’s office has received several similar requests in the past. Undersheriff Noel Stephen said he has personally supervised approximately 12 spankings.
“It happens,” Stephen said. “It’s definitely not something we advertise to do, and even though law enforcement has been willing to help out in this situation, watching a parent discipline their child is something that’s done only when a deputy has no other calls to handle.”
An Upper East Tennessee man who was allegedly driven to violence by an unwelcome request to share his eggnog on Sunday evening is to appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court charged with two counts of domestic assault. Dennis Joseph Saxe, 45, of Mount Carmel, has been held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond since his arrest on Monday morning. At around 6:23pm Police Department Officer Luke Jarnigan was dispatched to Saxe’s residence which he shares with his girlfriend Christina Wyant.
Wyant told Jarnigan that Saxe became violent when her teenage daughter asked for a glass of his eggnog. “Mr. Saxe got mad and punched a hole in the wall, screaming at (the daughter) for wanting some eggnog,” Jarnigan said. “Christina stated she told Saxe to stop, and that it was just eggnog. (The daughter) stated she went into the living room and told Saxe that if he did not want her to have the eggnog, she wouldn’t get any.”
Saxe then allegedly ran up to the daughter, “got in her face,” and started screaming at her. Wyant reportedly tried to get Saxe to stop, at which time Saxe allegedly pushed her down onto a couch. When Wyant got back up, Saxe allegedly began choking her. “Christina stated that at some point they all ended up on the floor, and Christina was yelling for Saxe to stop because he had his arms around (the daughter),” Jarnigan said. “Saxe stood up to punch Christina, and (the daughter’s boyfriend) pushed Saxe onto the couch.”
The daughter then called 911, and Saxe left the residence. MCPD Officer Cody Bussell arrested Saxe on Jarnigan’s warrant for two counts of domestic assault after Saxe returned to his home. Jarnigan said there was no indication that anyone in the household was under the influence at the time of the alleged assaults, nor was the incident preceded by any other arguments or altercations. “Based on the witness accounts, she (Wyant’s daughter) asked for a glass of eggnog, and he (Saxe) went off,” Jarnigan said. “He didn’t want to share his eggnog.”
A mother from Tomball, Houston, pleaded guilty on May 19 to felony charges of child endangerment.
Sandra Luann Grohmann, 29, was arrested by the Humble Police Department on April 22 after she was reportedly pushing her baby while drunk along a Humble roadway which caused the child to fall out of the stroller. In a plea bargain arrangement, Grohmann pled guilty and was sentenced to 180 days in state jail.
‘A pot-smoking American woman got high before driving off from a friend’s house forgetting she had left her baby on the car roof. Catalina Clouser, 21, drove 12 miles home before realising the two-month-old tot was not inside the vehicle and was arrested as she re-traced her journey.
‘The tiny baby was discovered by a passerby, still in a car seat and miraculously unharmed, in the middle of a highway. Clouser, from Arizona, astonishingly escaped jail and was only sentenced to 16 years probation after pleading guilty to child abuse and driving under the influence. – Daily Mirror
Yevgeniy Bolshakov, 26, entered his plea on Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court. Bolshakov was given a seven-month jail sentence and placed on three years of probation. Bolshakov had lived in an apartment with his parents, and when he came home from an outing on Nov. 30, he asked about the cat, which had recently undergone surgery.
His parents told Bolshakov that the cat was recuperating and that he couldn’t see the pet, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Without warning, Bolshakov punched his 64-year-old father repeatedly in the head, Wagstaffe said. Then he “viciously” bit his father on the arm, ripping out a chunk of flesh, the prosecutor said. Bolshakov also bit his father twice on the elbow and once on the chin.
When his mother tried to intervene, Bolshakov punched her in the head and bit her on the hand, Wagstaffe said. Police arrived and arrested him. As he was being led away, he threatened to kill his parents and burn down the apartment. Bolshakov must undergo counselling and is prohibited from having contact with his parents as part of his plea deal. He remains in San Mateo County jail, where he will serve out the rest of his sentence.
STEVEN Lippard, 7, from Loxahatchee, Florida, is nursing a sore head caused by…a falling meteorite. Dad Wayne says he initially thought the injury had been caused by a golf ball or maybe a bird swooping down. Then he found the small stones. So. Meteorite. Must be.
A mechanic has spoken of the moment he found an underfed and dehydrated baby who had been forced to live hidden in a car boot, possibly since birth. The girl, aged between 15 and 23 months, was discovered on Friday when her mother brought the car to a garage in Terrasson, in central France. One of the workers heard “bizarre noises, like moans” coming from the car boot and opened it to find the girl. Garage director Denis Latour said: “She was naked, on the side there was a crib … and there was this unbearable smell.