A 2-year-old Arizona boy who had mastered FaceTime used his tech-savvy skills to save his Mom after she was badly hurt in a dog attack.
Laura Toone said she was out walking her dogs when a foster dog she was caring for attacked one of her own pets. She struggled desperately to get the dog to release his hold but, instead, he turned on her and “took a big bite that almost took her finger clean off,” she told ABC News.
She said she begged her 4-year-old daughters to call 911, but they were afraid to even touch the phone because it was covered with their mother’s blood.
Laura told reporters that she was just about to pass out and knew she needed help right away. She then saw her son, 2-year-old Bentley, rushing to rescue his Mom.
“Here comes my son from the kitchen bringing me our dish towel and proceeded to call my friend on FaceTime," Laura said.
Bentley is always on her iPhone, Laura told ABC News, and he is known for making prank FaceTime calls. Usually many of Laura's friends like Connie Guerrero ignore the ring. But that day was different.
"Something inside of me just told me that I needed to answer this FaceTime," Connie said. "All I could see was his little forehead and I said 'Hi, Bentley,' and it was quiet for a little bit and then I hear Laura screaming," she said.
Those screams spurred Connie to call 911 immediately. When the firefighters got there, Bentley was at the door to let them in.
Laura Toone says she is so thankful for her little hero.
Mother Arrested After Her Abandoned Young Children Ask Police For Ride To School In Freezing Cold (Video)
Three children left alone in the freezing cold New Hampshire outdoors walked into a police station one morning and asked for a ride to school. Now, their 26-year-old mom is facing serious charges.
Katarina Short has officially lost custody of her children, aged 1, 4, and 5, and is facing three counts of child endangerment.
Surveillance video captured the children walking into the police station after attempting to make their own way to school early Tuesday morning. The children knew their mother wasn’t home, and the oldest child wanted to go to school, so he decided to take his siblings to the police station to ask for help when it got too cold out.
“The reason why he had left the house is after discovering their mother wasn’t there his greatest desire was to get to school,” Farmington Police Chief Kevin Willey said. “He was able to get their coats on. The one-year-old she had her boots on but unfortunately he had put them on the wrong feet.”
Short was arrested immediately after police tracked her down, and according to her claims, the children were supposed to be left in the care of a babysitter while she went to the store. After investigating her claims, however, police now say that a babysitter was never called.
According to reports, the children were taken to the hospital to be examined, and all are said to be healthy. The children are now in foster care while their mother is out on bail, awaiting her arraignment on March 18.
Three family members in Burlington, Iowa are in jail on various child sex abuse related charges.
It all started when 20-year-old Andrew Keith Wells walked into the police station and told officers that he had molested several children. He also admitted to having hundreds on items of child pornography.
On Monday, officers began an investigation at Wells’ home. Police discovered that 10 home-schooled children were living there, and the parents, Brian Wells, 49, and Janelle Wells, 39, were arrested. Both have been charged because they knew about the sexual abuse but did nothing to stop it.
While District Associate Judge Mark Kruse sought a higher bond for Andrew Wells because he believed the young man was a danger to the community, Wells himself asked for a lower bond.
"I would say if I was released, I would never harm another child in my life," said Wells to Judge Kruse.
Despite the plea, Judge Kruse set the bond at $50,000 per charge, totally $100,000. Mr. and Mrs. Wells each had their bonds set at $40,000 cash.
In addition to finding evidence that Wells had been molesting his siblings, police also discovered evidence of child pornography.
"Detectives located several hundred photos and numerous videos of obvious juvenile males and females, ranging in age from 5 to 15...engaging in explicit sexual acts with other children, as well as adult males," said court records.
Andrew Wells is set to appear in court on March 6, and it has not yet been announced when his parents are scheduled.
A 4-year-old boy was almost kidnapped by a man while walking home from school one day, but thanks to his smart 6-year-old brother and a Good Samaritan, the youngster’s life was saved.
Grady and his brother Brendan were walking home from school with their nanny when a man approached them saying he was in the CIA. Suddenly, the man punched the nanny in the face, grabbed Grady, and started to run off with him. Brendan ran home to tell his father that Grady had been taken.
“He ran home and said, ‘Someone stole Grady,’” said the boys’ father Tom O’Brien. “All those thoughts were going through my head that I didn’t want to think about, like never seeing my son again.”
While Tom was rushing to save his son, a man who was dining at a restaurant close by heard Brendan screaming, so he went after the man who had Grady. The Good Samaritan, Jose Delgado, caught up with the kidnapper and got Grady out of his arms.
Now, 33-year-old Andron Gazarov has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and indecent exposure.
Tom O’Brien was able to meet Jose Delgado to thank him in person for saving his son’s life, and the father even gave a check to Delgado to go towards the hero’s own 4-year-old sick daughter’s medical expenses.
Kindergarten Teacher Finds Two Students Naked In The Bathroom, Reports It To The Principal, and Could Now Lose Her Job
A New Jersey kindergarten teacher could be fired from her job after discovering two of her young students naked in the bathroom together and immediately reporting it to the principal. Now, fellow teachers and residents in Mullica Township are trying to stop that from happening.
On September 30 of last year, Kelly Mascio, a teacher of 15 years at the Mullica Township school, discovered two 5-year-old students, a boy and a girl, in the bathroom naked together, announcing that they were “having sex.” Mascio followed protocol and immediately reported it to the principal.
Following the incident, Mascio was suspended without pay, and now, Superintendent Brenda Harring-Marro announced that she has filed tenure charges against the teacher, despite the fact that a police investigation early on said that there was no wrongdoing.
“Our main concern is that the administration has completely forgone all traditional disciplinary avenues available in handling the incident,” said Barbara Rheault, Mullica Township Education Association President. “The administration has selected a disciplinary route that has resulted in enormous emotional and professional turmoil, and has strained the confidence and trust of school staff, parents and community members.”
Parents and fellow teachers are outraged that Mascio has been fired and say that she was doing exactly what she thought was the right thing to do. The board of education recently met to decide whether or not they could fire Mascio, and amazingly, around 200 allies showed up to throw their support behind Mascio.
Social media also blew up after The Press of Atlantic City first reported the story.
“Did I miss something?” asked one Facebook user. “She finds a naked girl and boy in the bathroom who say they are having sex, she tells the principal and now she may lose her job???? What part am I misunderstanding because that makes no sense.”
Other users on Facebook questioned why the parents of the children weren’t being investigated.
“Geez. I wonder what these parents are letting their children see at home,” said one commenter. “Also could be a sign of sexual abuse. Poor teacher.”
Mascio hasn’t commented on the incident and there have been no updates as to whether or not she will actually be fired.
A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a controversial bill that would allow parents, teachers, and caregivers to spank children hard enough to leave marks.
Democratic House member Gail Finney says that the new bill would allow for an adult to give up to 10 strikes of the hand and would make it OK if that spanking left marks or bruises on the child. In addition, the bill would allow for parents to give others permission to spank their children. The current Kansas law allows for spanking, but does not allow for it to leave a mark on a child. The new bill would expand on this law.
"This bill basically defines a spanking along with necessary reasonable physical restraint that goes with discipline, all of which has always been legal," said McPherson Deputy County Attorney Britt Colle, who proposed the bill to Finney. "This bill clarifies what parents can and cannot do. By defining what is legal, it also defines what is not."
While there are many who support this bill, some experts say that spanking isn’t as effective as it used to be.
"20, 30 years ago, we didn't sit in car seats, and we do now, said pediatric nurse practitioner and child abuse specialist Amy Terreros to KCTV. “So maybe they did spank or were spanked as a child, but now we have research that shows it is less effective than time out. It tends to lead to more aggressive behavior with a child.”
Fellow lawmakers say they aren’t sure that the House committee would even consider this bill, so the chance of it ever being made law is up in the air.
Father Discovers Pervert Masturbating At His Daughter's Bus Stop and Punches Him in the Face (Video)
Gresham, Oregon resident Jeremy Clouse was walking his young daughters to their bus stop one morning when he saw a car parked right near the group of children. When he approached the vehicle, he immediately noticed that there was a man inside masturbating, and that’s when Clouse took matters into his own hands.
"He's looking at them funny," said Clouse of the man watching the children. When he realized the man was masturbating, Clouse went up to the car and confronted the pervert. The suspect looked at Clouse and giggled, and without thinking, Clouse punched him in the face.
"The father responded by punching the man in the face, which stopped both the giggling and the sexual behavior," said Gresham Police Department Lt. Claudio Grandjean.
The suspect drove off right after being punched, and police are now actively searching for him, describing the man as being Hispanic, 180 pounds, and having “fresh bruising on the left side of his jaw or eye.”
As for Clause, he says that although he injured his hand from punching the man in the face, he knows he did the right thing.
"My hand still hurts," said Clouse. "I bet he hurts a lot worse. Nobody needs this in any neighborhood.”
Gresham police are on the hunt for the man, searching specifically for gray Nissan Sentra he was driving at the time.
A family received a touching note from a complete stranger while out to dinner one night at a sushi restaurant, and now, the picture of that note has gone viral.
Reddit user scarecrow180 posted a picture of the note with the caption, “I'm not sure what my younger brother did, but he needs to keep it up."
From the way the note reads, the user’s younger brother must have done something right because the anonymous person wound up paying for the kids’ meals. The unknown author calls the young boy Spiderman, which makes the note that much better.
The brother who posted the picture on Reddit says they have good manners because they are all homeschooled by their parents.
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Parents across the country are turning to medical marijuana to help their children who suffer from autism, epilepsy, debilitating seizures and other severe health conditions.
In most cases, however, the children are not smoking the drug. Instead, they are ingesting it in the form of cannabis oil. Some take fruit-flavored gel caps while others have the gel stirred into their yogurt or applesauce.
Typically, the cannabis oil is derived from medical marijuana that can be purchased legally in many states as long as the child carries a medical ID card issued by the state health department.
In New Jersey, Tina Marie DeSilvio creates the concoction for her daughter, Jenna, by soaking the marijuana buds in 180-proof alcohol. She allows that to evaporate into a thick substance that is then mixed into coconut oil. Jenna, who suffers from severe convulsions, can then ingest the mixture when it is mixed into her food. The 10-step process can even be found on Facebook.
While the parents of children like Jenna clearly believe the “tinctures” are helping their children, others would like to see a more scientific approach to creating the edible forms of the drug.
In Utah last year, a group of doctors and pediatric neurologists sent a letter to the state’s Controlled Substances Advisory Committee. The letter said the oils “should be available as soon as possible to Utah children with severe epilepsy. The substance is not psychoactive or hallucinogenic, it contains less THC than do other materials that can be legally purchased in Utah, and it has absolutely no abuse potential.” The letter points out that, once produced, the oils would be used only under the supervision of a doctor. The oils are marketed in Utah under the name Alepsia.
In New Jersey, though, such commercially produced edibles can still be hard to obtain. Governor Chris Christie, who originally signed a bill that made it easier for children to get the drugs, has said that he would veto any other bill that sought to expand the program.
Frustrated, some parents have left the state for Colorado, where the products are easier to obtain. Brian Wilson is one of those parents. His daughter, Vivian, suffers from life-threatening epilepsy.
"We're hoping we can come back to New Jersey in a year and a half," he said, hopeful that the state can get its medical marijuana products available to all children in need.
Yesterday, Opposing Views reported that Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah had come under fire after reportedly giving 40 students their lunches, immediately taking them back, and discarding them in front of the children. Parents were outraged, and when the story started to spread on social media, people around the world were angry, too.
Now, school officials say that a cafeteria manager at the school has been placed on paid administrative leave while the situation is being investigated. Superintendent McKell Withers says that as the investigation unfolds, more employees could also be placed on leave.
School officials say the decision to give and immediately take back lunches from some of the students was because those particular students had unpaid balances on their accounts. The students that had their lunches thrown away were given a piece of fruit and milk each.
To me this rises to the level of bullying," said Utah Senator Todd Weiler. "Children were humiliated. I think it’s an abuse of power. This person came into a school and used her power to humiliate and embarrass children and I think we ought to draw a line and say that’s not acceptable behavior."
The school district has apologized for the incident, but many are not taking it seriously. Reports claim that school officials have received threats, but the nature of those threats cannot be confirmed.