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August 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Amid at least 95 reports of babies falling out of the popular Bumbo baby seats -- including 19 who suffered skull fractures -- the company said it is recalling nearly 4 million seats in the U.S. But instead of returning the seats to stores, South Africa-based Bumbo International Trust said customers should order a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt as well as a warning sticker cautioning against placing the seat on raised surfaces....
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March 19, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Corina Knoll
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay a $500,000 settlement in a case centering on the 2011 death of a 2-month-old boy who was killed when a driver overran the curb and plowed into pedestrians during the Downtown Art Walk. In a 2012 legal complaint, Jimmy and Natasha Vasquez, of Montebello, alleged that their son's death was the result of the city's “failure to properly design and create safe walking areas for pedestrians and/or place sufficient barriers and protections for pedestrians from vehicles” at the downtown event.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mother of an infant, along with a man, have been arrested in connection with the death of the child in Inglewood. Authorities arrived in the 500 block of North Marlborough Avenue at about 6:47 a.m. Wednesday after reports of an infant who was not breathing, said Inglewood Police Sgt. Francisco Ruiz. The infant, whose age was not released, was taken to a hospital, but died there, Ruiz said. An investigation, he said, "revealed possible child abuse" at the home and the 23-year-old mother and a 28-year-old man were taken into custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Police officials who responded to a frantic 17-year-old mother's call for help in Fairfield, Calif., described a gruesome scene as they were led to her month-old infant son. A chunk of his nose had been bitten off and he was bleeding profusely. “It was a very unusual case. It's disturbing and gruesome,” Troy Oviatt, of the Fairfield Police Major Crimes Unit, told Fox40 . The infant was taken to Oakland Children's Hospital, where doctors determined that he also suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage. Doctors said about a third of the infant's nose had been severed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1989
My busy morning was interrupted by a detective who called to tell me of yet another infant abandonment just hours after birth. He asked several questions, struggling to understand the case that he was investigating. He wanted a possible profile or description of a woman who abandons. He described, too graphically, the fresh-born infant, blood not yet coagulated, left in a dumpster, with a rope around the neck--strangled. He said he'd worked homicide many years and had seen everything, but this was the worst.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and Angel Jennings
The Los Angeles County coroner Tuesday released the name of the 8-month-old infant who drowned in San Gabriel Valley after authorities say his mother left him unattended in a bathtub with his young siblings. Jedidiah Turner died Friday morning in the 1500 block of Pass and Covina Road in Valinda, according to authorities.  The autopsy was still pending Tuesday, according to Lt. Larry Dietz. The infant's mother, who has not been identified, was bathing Jedidiah along with his 1-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother at around 8:50 a.m. Friday when she stepped away for 10 to 15 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Police officials who responded to a frantic 17-year-old mother's call for help in Fairfield, Calif., described a gruesome scene as they were led to her month-old infant son. A chunk of his nose had been bitten off and he was bleeding profusely. “It was a very unusual case. It's disturbing and gruesome,” Troy Oviatt, of the Fairfield Police Major Crimes Unit, told Fox40 . The infant was taken to Oakland Children's Hospital, where doctors determined that he also suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage. Doctors said about a third of the infant's nose had been severed.
NATIONAL
September 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A Dayton woman convicted of murdering her infant daughter by microwaving her was spared the death penalty by a jury that couldn't reach a unanimous decision. Now, the maximum sentence that China Arnold can receive is now life in prison without parole. She was convicted of the 2005 killing of month-old Paris Talley. Sentencing is set for Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By James Barragan
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week set aside the 37 1/2-year prison sentence of a former Cal State East Bay professor who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a woman's infant daughter multiple times. In setting aside the prison term for Kenneth Kyle, along with his guilty plea, the appellate court on Wednesday ruled that the  sentencing judge had interfered with plea negotiations by promising a life term if the case went to trial and he was convicted. In stating that he would give Kyle a life sentence, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of San Francisco became involved in the plea negotiations, which violated federal regulations, the federal appeals court ruled.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman jailed in Benton after four of her infant daughter's toes were gnawed off says the family's pet ferret did it, not their pit bull pup as her husband had said. "The way the bite marks were on her foot, the ferret being out of its cage, I knew it wasn't the dog," Mary Hansche, 22, told KTBS-TV. Authorities said it did not matter which pet was at fault and jailed Hansche and her husband Christopher, 26, in lieu of $50,000 bond each, on charges of child desertion and criminal negligence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Police in Northern California arrested an 18-year-old Fairfield man Thursday who they say bit off his infant son's nose after becoming frustrated with the baby's incessant crying. The month-old boy was taken to Oakland Children's Hospital, where doctors determined that the baby also suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage.  The child is in stable condition, said Troy Oviatt of the Fairfield Major Crimes Unit. Police were called to child's home early Thursday by the baby's hysterical 17-year-old mother, who reported that the baby was bleeding from the nose, Oviatt said. Doctors said about a third of the infant's nose had been severed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Confirmed influenza deaths of Californians under the age of 65 reached 202 this week, state health officials said, with 26 deaths confirmed in Los Angeles County. Speaking with reporters Friday, California Department of Public Health communicable disease control chief Dr. James Watt also reported the death of an infant in Riverside County from pertussis. The child's death marks the first whooping cough fatality since 2010, the last time the disease peaked in the state. That year, more than 9,100 cases of pertussis were reported in California, with 10 deaths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A teenage girl in Madera, Calif., pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing her newborn. Investigators discovered the infant wrapped in a plastic bag under a bathroom sink. Authorities told the Fresno Bee that Gloria Mendoza Santos, 17, had arrived in Madera from Oaxaca, Mexico, just three days before going to a hospital last week. Doctors there discovered she was suffering from postpartum bleeding, but at the time she reportedly denied giving birth. Investigators searched her home and discovered the infant's body stuffed beneath a bathroom sink.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A 3-month-old boy was removed from a Littlerock home and a man arrested on federal charges that he produced child pornography with the infant and emailed it to an undercover detective in England, officials said Tuesday. Robert Dale Schrader, 33, of Littlerock, was taken into federal custody Monday on two counts of producing child pornography after an investigation by the Long Beach-based, multiagency Child Exploitation Investigations Group. “This is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, child pornography victims ever identified in the Los Angeles area,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for Immigration & Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles, which played a lead role in the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A man who spent more than three years in a Sacramento jail on charges that he killed his 4-month-old son was released Thursday after prosecutors told a judge they could no longer prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had inflicted the injuries. Everett Bobbylee Quinn, now 24, was arrested about a year after his infant son died in a hospital July 29, 2007. Quinn and his girlfriend called 911 on May 19, 2007, to report that the baby had become unresponsive after vomiting blood.
SCIENCE
January 10, 2014 | By Amina Khan, This story has been updated, as indicated below.
Sometimes, it takes worm glue to fix the hole in a heart. Inspired by creepy crawly creatures like the slug and the sandcastle worm, a team of scientists has created a surgical adhesive that could safely seal up the hearts of babies born with congenital heart defects. The bioinspired glue, described in Science Translational Medicine, could replace damaging staples, weak or toxic glues and reduce the need for repeated surgeries, said study coauthor Jeffrey Karp, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2008
A jury in Galveston sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for severely burning his infant daughter in a microwave. The jury had convicted Joshua Mauldin on Tuesday of felony injury to a child, rejecting his claim that he was insane at the time.
NEWS
June 14, 1987 | Associated Press
The whereabouts of an abducted infant in need of medical attention remained unknown Saturday, police said. Doctors warned that 3-week-old Jeremiah Thate, who was taken from a hospital room Thursday, might die if he does not receive care for pneumonia.
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Derek Carr, like most of college football's royalty, was in New York City for an awards ceremony last week. No surprise there. With quarterbacks accounting for four of the six Heisman Trophy finalists, the one who led the nation in total offense, yards passing, completions and touchdown passes seemed deserving. Only he wasn't at that presentation. Instead, the Fresno State senior was in New York to accept a scholar-athlete award from the National Football Foundation. It was an honor, but nothing compared with having a seat in the front row at the Heisman ceremony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Officials say more sightings of the SUV belonging to a man believed to have abducted a Bay Area infant, prompting a statewide Amber Alert, were reported in San Diego Wednesday. Authorities are searching for 2-week-old Henry Guler-Romero, who was allegedly taken Tuesday afternoon by his father, 22-year-old Mesut Guler of Sunnyvale. Shortly after 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol  issued an Amber Alert  for the infant, who authorities said was believed to be with Guler in a tan, medium-sized 2004 GMC Envoy SUV with the license plate number 6HIL892.
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