After 27 hours of surgery and a week into recovery, Nicole McDonald was finally able to hold her son Jadon for the first time since he was separated from his conjoined twin brother Anias. The boy's mother held him for two hours following the removal of his breathing tube on Friday, ABC 7 Chicago reported. "I looked down at Jadon's angelic face and saw him in a way I'd never seen him before. He whimpered for almost the whole two hours I held him because he had just been extubated, had the area under his scalp washed out and had been weaned from the good pain meds," McDonald wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. McDonald has yet to hold Anias, whose recovery is taking longer than expected.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – A 6-year-old boy beat his newborn sister to death after their 62-year-old mother left her young children alone in a car for more than a half hour while she went to get her cellphone fixed, authorities on Florida's Gulf Coast said. Now the mother, Kathleen Marie Steele, is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gulatieri said she went to a cellphone repair business in St. Petersburg on Monday and left her children in the car -- the infant, a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old. While Steele was gone, the baby began crying and the 6-year-old began beating her to make her stop, the sheriff said. "He was tossing that baby around like a rag doll," the sheriff said during a news conference Thursday, shortly after Steele was arrested.
Six weeks after the body of Nicole Fitts was found in a shallow grave at McLaren Park in San Francisco, her 2-year-old daughter, Arianna, remains missing. On Wednesday, police and FBI officials announced that Fitts' last employer, Best Buy, had offered a 10,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of her daughter or the arrest of her killer. Our hearts are breaking everyday we're not seeing her," Nicole Fitts' sister, Contessa Fitts, said in a teary plea to the public at a news conference Wednesday. Though there's been no sign of Arianna since she and her mother were reported missing April 5, police investigators said this week they think the girl is still alive and in the Bay Area. Fitts' body was found by city park employees April 8 in a shallow grave covered with a piece of plywood.
A 25-year-old father is accused of leaving his infant daughter in his running car while he went inside a North Hollywood gym for about 90 minutes, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. Solomon Allen was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after a passerby found the 8-month-old in a parking structure at the 5300 block of Lankershim Boulevard, which has a 24 Hour Fitness on site, police said. "The car was unlocked; citizens were able to safely remove the infant," Officer Drake Madison said. Madison said the baby was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Police were alerted to the report of an unattended child in a running, parked vehicle at 8:58 a.m.