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May 21, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Josh Turnbull may have been alive for less than a quarter of the amount of time that Paulo Ferreira has spent playing for Chelsea, but that didn't stop the toddler from upstaging the retiring defender after the club's final match of the season on Sunday. Ferreira was addressing the crowd after his final game with the team he has played for since 2004 when the 2-year-old son of Chelsea backup goalkeeper Ross Turnbull saw a soccer ball just laying there and couldn't resist. As the boy slowly dribbled the massive (to him)
May 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
One day last year, a 9-year-old named Thomas came home and announced he was running for office. "Are you kidding me?" his father responded. "Don't we have enough elections in this family?" Thomas, the son of Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, has been around politics his entire life. Over the years, he has gamely tagged along as Greuel has waged four election campaigns, including her current bid for mayor. He's the kid with sandy blond hair and square-framed glasses standing next to Greuel at fundraisers, field office openings and in commercials.
May 1, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Authorities are looking into whether the attempted kidnapping of a Placerville toddler is connected to the fatal stabbing of an 8-year-old girl in a small town 45 miles away. Placerville police Capt. Mike Scott said there were "some similarities" between the suspect arrested Tuesday and the man described in the slaying of Leila Fowler in Valley Springs but said there was "no confirmed nexus" between the cases. "At this point, it's a shot in the dark," he told The Times. Placerville police arrested Jason Wayrynen, 42, Tuesday after he allegedly followed a woman into an apartment uninvited and "immediately went" for a 15-month-old girl inside, Scott said.
April 23, 2013 | By KTLA
This post has been corrected.  See the note at the bottom for details . Two young boys were in the hospital Tuesday after being attacked by a pit bull in San Bernardino County. Officials said the boys -- 1 and 2 years old -- were playing in the fenced backyard of family friends when the friends' family dog attacked. Both boys were rushed to the emergency room, officials said. The 8-year-old pit bull was quarantined and will be transferred to a humane facility, officials said.
March 29, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The family of a toddler who was mauled to death by the family's pit bulls could face charges in the girl's death, authorities said.   Monica Renee Laminack, 21 months, was mauled to death by seven pit pulls in the backyard of her family's home in Ellabell, Ga. on Wednesday, according to the Bryan County Sheriff's Office. In a news conference posted online by WSAV-TV, Sheriff Clyde Smith said the dogs lived with the family.   “At some point there they started attacking the child, mauled her, drug her all over the yard,” he said.
March 28, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two teenagers have been indicted in Georgia on adult charges of shooting a 13-month-old child to death and wounding his mother during a robbery last week. Though the defendants are charged as adults, neither will face the death penalty because both were younger than 18 at the time of the incident, Dist. Atty. Jackie Johnson of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit said in a statement sent by email to reporters on Thursday. On Wednesday a Glynn County grand jury indicted De'Marquise Elkins, 17, on nine counts, including malice murder, in the slaying last week of Antonio Santiago, who was being pushed in a stroller a few blocks from his home in Brunswick, Ga. Also charged was Dominique Lang, 15, on seven counts including felony murder.
March 27, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
A Burbank daycare owner and her employee pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that an 11-month-old boy in their care died last year after allegedly suffocating from a car seat chest strap, officials said. Milena Nikodijevic, 51, owner of Twinkle Little Stars in Burbank, and her employee, Wendy Oropeza, 21, were charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse after the 11-month-old - identified by prosecutors only as Adam D. - died last year under their care, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
March 20, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
What parent of a young child has not experienced the stinging shame of seeing her sweet toddler - who knows all too well that sharing is the right thing to do - yank a favorite toy from a playmate and retreat to a corner where he can have it all to himself? Take heart, a new study finds. Your admonishments to share have been heard and absorbed. It's just that, at ages 3 and 4, a typical toddler hasn't yet developed the moral decision-making skills that align his behavior with what he knows is right.
March 20, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two people were dead in Fort Wayne, Ind., after a man pulled his ex-girlfriend off a bus Wednesday and shot her in broad daylight, then ran away, police said. Police identified the woman as Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy, 49, and the man as Kenneth Knight, 45. Hardy had recently obtained a restraining order against Knight.  About four hours later, police tracked Knight to a house where he had holed up with a 3-year-old and three adults, police said. The three adults reportedly ran out of the house when police arrived.
March 18, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
This post has been updated to include comments from a researcher and an American Heart Assn. spokeswoman. Giving toddlers skim or 1% milk to keep them from growing overweight doesn't seem to work, according to a study out Monday that gives pause over the common advice to avoid whole milk from age 2. Researchers led by Dr. Mark DeBoer of the University of Virginia School of Medicine looked at 10,700 U.S. children at age 2 and 4, and found that...
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