Young child left at daycare nursery because staff mistook her for a doll

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.

Toddler abandoned at daycare nursery after staff mistook her for a doll

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.

 

Woman threatened to lick neighbour’s noisy children

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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.

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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.

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“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.

Parents hold baby as they rob store

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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.

 

Mother fums after school confiscates 14-year-old nicotine-addicted son’s e-cigarette

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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.

School cheerleading dance-off sparks fight with parents and children  

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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.

Psycho mum in shower scene prank scared neighbour to death

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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.”

The court heard Peck is a binge drinker rather than someone who has habitual trouble with alcohol. She admitted to being drunk at the time of the incident. Robert Clubb, chairman of the bench, said he accepted Peck’s excuse but added: “The court takes a pretty dim view of someone rushing around with a knife in a public place. However, we are minded to view this in the lowest level of this particular offence.” Peck was ordered to pay £405.

Man ‘fired gun at his mother and threw cat against wall’ in dispute over chores

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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.

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Florida dog that bit off part of boy’s ear to get ‘Stand Your Ground’ defence

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Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law may play a factor in the fate of Padi a black Labrador-mix who bit off part of a 4-year-old boy’s ear at a veterinarian’s office in June.

Charles Britt, the attorney representing Padi and his owner, veterinarian Paul Gartenberg, will argue Florida’s dog bite statute is inconsistent with Stand Your Ground and dog bite tort law. Padi faces euthanasia by Manatee County Animal Services if his case is lost in the Circuit Court. At issue is the constitutionality of Florida’s dog bite statute.

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.


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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.

12-year-old boy suspended from school for staring at girl

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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.

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Mother and son arrested in $100,000 toothbrush theft scheme

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.

Police say the ringleaders stole electronic toothbrushes worth more than $100 and would then visit other stores to buy replacement heads. They then altered receipts to make it appear they had also bought the toothbrushes. Employees would process the return and give the Curtisses their money back.

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.