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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Police have ended a massive hillside search in Northern California for a man who they say fled after dropping his dead 5-month-old son off at a local hospital. Police are still looking for Casimir George Janusz, 36, of Ukiah, after a manhunt in the hills west of Hopland proved unsuccessful. Ukiah Police Capt. Trent Taylor told the Press Democrat that the three-day search, which ended Monday, was exhaustive. Police say Janusz brought his "unresponsive" son to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center at 9:26 a.m. Wednesday, and the child was pronounced dead.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge cut off a man convicted for his role in the 2007 shooting death of an infant near MacArthur Park as he briefly claimed his innocence at a sentencing hearing Thursday. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia -- a  longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the shooting after a vendor refused to pay $50 in "rent" for operating in a gang's territory -- was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A bullet fired in the attack struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A gang "tax collector" who helped set up 2007 shooting in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district that claimed the life of a 3-week-old boy was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the  shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist. Atty. Victor Avila said this week. "Now, finally the last defendant that participated in this murder is being held accountable.
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
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.
SCIENCE
August 27, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
The infants who get the rotavirus vaccine aren't the only ones who benefit. New research shows that older children and even adults were less likely to be hospitalized with the gastrointestinal virus after the vaccine was introduced in the U.S. in 2006. Rotavirus causes "severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before the RotaTeq and Rotarix vaccines came on the market, nearly all U.S. children became infected with rotavirus before their 5th birthday.
WORLD
August 17, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
FUPING, CHINA - Dong Genlao, a 24-year-old new father, was giddy over the birth of his child, a robust 8-pounder, until the obstetrician beckoned him into the hallway and lowered her voice. The newborn had a serious genital deformity and could never lead a normal life, she explained. "He is not completely male, but not female. It will bring shame on the family," whispered the doctor, Zhang Shuxia, a trusted family friend whom they affectionately called "Auntie. " "Don't worry," Dong recalled Zhang telling him. "Auntie can help you. " She advised that Dong and his mother give up the baby, euphemistically, to let him be euthanized, a fate common in China for disabled newborns.
SCIENCE
June 12, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The human brain may be wired to sympathize with the underdog. Even if the underdog is a yellow square being chased by a blue circle, and the brain has been checking out the outside world for only 10 months. A Japanese research team found that 16 of 20 infants reached for the pursued yellow square rather than the aggressive blue ball as the ball bumped the square seven times, then smashed it. Twenty other infants observed the objects moving independently without touching, with nine of them reaching for the persecuted square, according to the study, published in the online journal PLOS ONE. The experiments hint at a very early cognitive ability to sense and respond to aggression with preference for the “victim,” a building block for sympathetic behavior that is a core element of social, cooperative animals.
WORLD
May 28, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A newborn boy was rescued from a narrow sewage pipe in China over the weekend. Video of doctors and firefighters carefully taking the pipe apart is shown above. (Warning: It may be disturbing to watch.) The section of pipe -- reportedly about 3 inches in diameter -- was sawed away and carried to a nearby hospital. Firefighters and hospital personnel used pliers and saws to free the baby. In footage, you can hear the snap of the pipe, and a section of it is pulled away to reveal the baby's face.  He opens his mouth to cry. PHOTOS: Newborn rescued from pipe The baby weighed a little more than 6 pounds, according to the Associated Press, and at the time he was rescued still had placenta attached to his body.  The AP, citing local media, said the infant had grazes on his head and limbs and a low heart rate but was otherwise unhurt.
HEALTH
May 11, 2013 | Susan Brink, Susan Brink is a freelance medical writer. Her book "The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Nurturing, and Protecting an Infant Through the First Three Months," published by University of California Press, was released this spring
Newborns arrive in this world somewhat half-baked or, in the more measured words of evolutionary anthropologist Wanda Trevathan of the University of New Mexico, "a little unfinished, if you will. " Parents declare them beautiful, these wailing bundles of wrinkles. But upon arrival, far more than their physical appearance needs work. Indeed, human newborns are the least neurologically developed primates on Earth, their brains a mere 25% developed, compared with about 50% among others in the animal kingdom.
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