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March 1, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
The death of a 3-year-old Russian boy whose story triggered a rebuke of his American adoptive parents by Russian officials has been deemed accidental, officials in Texas said Friday. Max Alan Shatto had bruises on his body when he died at a Texas hospital in January, officials said, which led one Russian official to accuse his adoptive parents of "inhuman treatment" and stoked already sensitive Russia-U.S. adoption relations . Doctors determined that the bruises were “consistent with self injury,” according to a statement from Sgt. Gary Duesler, a spokesman for the sheriff's department in Ector County, where the boy's parents live.
February 20, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
News swirled this week that a 3-year-old adopted from Russian who died in a Texas hospital last month had bruises on his body, stoking the already sensitive topic of Americans adopting Russian toddlers. While one Russian official characterized the Jan. 21 death of Max Alan Shatto as “inhuman treatment” at the hands of American adoptive parents, federal, state and local officials in the U.S. stressed prudence as the investigation continues. The Sheriff's Department in Ector County, Texas, where the boy's parents live, launched an investigation into the case after responding to a local emergency room, where the boy died, department spokesman Gary Duesler said.
February 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown wants to free manufacturers of furniture and baby products from having to treat those items with flame retardants that environmentalists say are ineffective and create health risks. His administration proposed new rules Friday, months after Brown and health groups cited studies by the California Environmental Protection Agency and others indicating that California toddlers and nursing mothers had higher levels of flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies than did those not exposed to treated products.
November 13, 2012 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
Police in Tulsa, Okla., said they found a toddler covered in feces and locked in a small metal dog cage after a neighbor spotted a 4-year-old girl naked, crying and locked outside her parents' house. It was in the low 40s  Sunday. The father, William Todd Lewallen, 47, was found drunk or high in bed, and another naked 3-year-old was with him, police told the Los Angeles Times. He was arrested on suspicion of child neglect.  The neighbor called police after the child cried in the backyard for 20 minutes and no one answered the door, police said.
September 15, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
If we needed any more evidence that the world is going to heck in a handbasket, it would of course be the recent episode of "Toddlers and Tiaras," the reality show about kid beauty pageants, in which 4-year-old Destiny “smoked” a candy cigarette as she aped a song from the movie “Grease.” Outrage ensued. It's the controversy that won't go away: Now we have an interview this week in which Destiny's mom was taken to task by HLN TV's Nancy Grace for allowing her child to pretend-smoke.
September 5, 2012 | By Tina Susman
A man who allegedly entered a Camden, N.J., home and fatally slashed the throat of a 6-year-old boy as he tried to protect his 12-year-old sister was high on PCP and marijuana, a drug cocktail that police say could have played a part in the beheading of a toddler last month in Camden. The man arrested in the latest incident, Osvaldo Rivera, 31, of Camden, was ordered held on $5-million bail Tuesday. He appeared in court shackled and hung his head and sobbed as the charges, which include murder and attempted murder, were read.
August 31, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - If you were older than, say, 3 when the Teletubbies hit, you probably were a little irked by the late '90s television phenomenon, with its Grateful Dead-like color scheme, saccharine cheer and nonsensical cooing. Now Kenn Viselman, the man who brought Britain's Tinky Winky and friends to American shores, has served up something perhaps even more cloyingly chipper, this time on the big screen: "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. " In so doing, he also has ushered in what looks to be one of the biggest flops in a summer rife with them: The movie, which cost $60 million to make and market, opened on more than 2,000 screens Wednesday but reaped just $102,564 on its first day and is expected to take in a dismal $6 million through Monday.
August 22, 2012 | By Tina Susman
A New Jersey woman decapitated her toddler son, put his head in a refrigerator and then stabbed herself to death Wednesday after dialing 911, police say. Officers who responded to Chevonne Thomas' 911 call were in her home, unaware she was sitting upstairs, when they discovered the body of 2-year-old Zahree Thomas on the first floor. When they realized someone was on the second floor, most of the officers withdrew and set up a perimeter around the house until they could find a way to safely determine who was inside.
August 21, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Three Delaware day-care workers are accused of urging two 3-year-old toddlers to fight each other while the adults egged them on -- and videotaped it, police said. "No pinching, only punching," one of the adults allegedly coaches the children. It's the story that is setting the Internet on fire Tuesday, along with "toddler fight club" headlines. The employees of Hands of Our Future day-care were arrested Monday after police viewed "the cellphone video of an incident that occurred in March of 2012 where the three female employees watched and encouraged two 3-year-olds to fight each other while at the day-care," according  to a Dover Police Department statement posted online.
August 18, 2012 | By Ada Calhoun
A new "Worst Mother in America" is crowned every week. Currently wearing the tiara of disapproval: June Shannon, mother of "Toddlers & Tiaras" breakout star Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, whose spinoff show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," premiered Aug. 8 on TLC. The new show covers both Alana's forays into the hair-spray-lacquered pageant circuit and the rural Georgia family's decidedly less glamorous downtime activities: four-wheeling through the mud, telling fart jokes and eating cheese puffs.
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