July 29, 2013 |
There have been days, since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago, that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It's not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It's diapers. "There's no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn't work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, diaper need - the inability to afford to keep a child in clean diapers - affects a "substantial" number of low-income Americans, with nearly 30% of mothers questioned in New Haven, Conn., reporting that they did not have enough for their children.
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July 25, 2013 |
A Long Beach woman was shot and killed Thursday morning after she left a relative's apartment to grab her toddler's diaper bag, police said. Jazzmine Wash, 23, dropped off her 3-year-old at the home in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue and walked out to get the bag when gunfire broke out about 6:20 a.m., Long Beach police said. Responding officers and paramedics found Wash in the apartment's courtyard with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
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May 15, 2013 |
A 31-year-old man who police say was keeping beer in a diaper bag in his car while allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, with his two young daughters unrestrained in car seats, has pleaded not guilty. The man, Juan Peralta, was stopped by Glendale police Friday when he allegedly failed to pull over after hitting a Volkswagen on Brand Boulevard near California Avenue. He initially told police he was trying to rush his children to the hospital. But officers smelled alcohol on his breath and found six cans of Budweiser inside the younger daughter's diaper bag, authorities said.
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May 14, 2013 |
A 31-year-old man remained in Glendale police custody on Tuesday after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol with his two young daughters aboard -- and not in car seats. The man, Juan Peralta, initially told officers he was trying to rush his children to the hospital. But in addition to the smell of alcohol on his breath, police reported finding six Budweiser beer cans inside his youngest daughter's diaper bag. Peralta was stopped by police Friday when he allegedly failed to pull over after hitting a Volkswagen at about 1:07 p.m. on Brand Boulevard near California Avenue.
March 12, 2013 |
In Chicago, certain names have become synonymous with a specific type of tragedy for girls, which can be recalled with bleak and brief synopsis: Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old majorette, shot in the back after coming home from President Obama's inauguration; Janay McFarlane, 18, gunned down in North Chicago while walking with friends -- her 14-year-old sister had just heard the president give a speech about gun violence. Now there is another name to add. Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins died at a hospital Tuesday morning after being shot while getting her diaper changed by her father, who was shot too. She is survived by her 20-year old mother -- who had once been shot in the leg while eight months' pregnant -- and her father, Jonathan Watkins, 29, who remained in the hospital in serious condition, officials said.
March 11, 2013 |
A Chicago man and his baby daughter were shot while he changed her diaper in a van on the street, police said Monday. Jonathan Watkins, 29, was shot in the left side, cheek and right buttock, police said. His daughter, identified by family members as Jonylah Watkins, was wounded by a bullet that passed through her right shoulder and landed in her thigh, police said. The baby was in critical condition after surgery at Comer Children's Hospital, the Chicago Tribune reported. Jonathan Watkins went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious to critical condition, the Tribune said.