Police: Boy found crawling outside with car seat strapped to him

Published: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 2:42 PM



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Police arrested a man after witnesses saw his 3-year-old son crawling with a child car seat still strapped to him in a Texas grocery store parking lot, an arrest affidavit said.

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Troy Anthony Smith, 57, of Round Rock, was charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He was also charged with possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor.

Police were notified at 12:18 p.m. Monday about a small child who had been left alone in a car and had fallen out of the Kia sport utility vehicle with the child seat still attached to him, the affidavit said. The incident happened in the parking lot at the H-E-B grocery store at 250 University Blvd. in Round Rock, the affidavit said.

One of the two witnesses was holding the boy when police arrived, according to the affidavit. Authorities said the witnesses heard a car alarm going off, and when they looked in the direction of the vehicle, they saw the boy outside the SUV crawling with a child seat strapped to him.

The witnesses were not able to unbuckle the boy from the car seat and called 911, the affidavit said. A man — later identified as Smith — walked up to the Kia SUV pushing a grocery cart and told police the child was his son, according to the affidavit.

Authorities said more than 10 minutes had passed between the time police received the call about the child and when Smith arrived at the vehicle.

Smith said he had made a mistake by leaving his son in the vehicle by himself, the affidavit said. He said before he went inside the grocery store the boy had been buckled in the SUV, the document said.

Smith’s car was parked 300 feet from University Boulevard, which is a connector road to Interstate 35. The affidavit also said it was 55 degrees when the boy was found, and there was slight rain with fog.

Police found marijuana inside Smith’s vehicle, the affidavit said.

Smith was released from the Williamson County Jail Tuesday after posting bail set at $10,000.

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500 children may need revaccination; Orlando doctor arrested, officials say

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:50 PM

A doctor draws out a flu shot. Orlando, Florida, doctor Ishrat Sohail (not pictured) has been accused of giving vaccines intended for Medicaid patients and uninsured children to patients with private insurance.
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A doctor draws out a flu shot. Orlando, Florida, doctor Ishrat Sohail (not pictured) has been accused of giving vaccines intended for Medicaid patients and uninsured children to patients with private insurance.(Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

An Orlando, Florida, doctor has been arrested for Medicaid fraud.

The Florida Department of Health and the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said Friday that Dr. Ishrat Sohail is accused of giving vaccines to patients with private insurance. The vaccines were intended for Medicaid patients and uninsured children as part of the Vaccines for Children Program, or VFC, officials said.

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Officials said Sohail is accused of giving patients partial doses of vaccines while billing insurance for the full amount, officials said. The partial doses also may not provide sufficient protection from potentially dangerous diseases that can be prevented with a full dose of vaccine.

The health department is working with the Agency for Health Care Administration and health insurance companies to notify all potentially affected families. At this time, it is estimated that approximately 500 children may have been affected, officials said in a news release.

Read: Florida eye doctor gets 17 years for Medicare fraud

Sohail’s license to practice medicine in the state of Florida has been suspended by the state.

In 2016, the department determined that Sohail administered two vials of VFC vaccines to non-Medicaid patients and billed private insurance companies, officials said. She was suspended from the VFC program for two months. 

Read: Florida doctor facing long Medicare fraud sentence

Officials said Sohail was placed on a corrective action plan, which limited the number of doses of vaccines available to her and in January, she was found to be in noncompliance.

Any child who received a vaccine from Sohail between 2016 and 2018 should contact a new primary care provider and consider revaccination, officials said.

There is also the possibility that Sohail did not follow best practices in maintaining the sterility of the vaccines she administered.

Officials say that, if a child experienced a severe adverse reaction or infection at the injection site of any vaccine administered by Sohail or her staff, patients should contact the Epidemiology Department at the Department of Health in Orange at 407-858-1485.

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Police: Man hit woman with pickup after she refused his advances

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Texas Man Allegedly Hits Woman With Truck After She Refused His Advances

A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Texas after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit.

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Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock, was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride home Sunday when he began making unwanted advances toward her, the affidavit said. It said she told him to stop so he stopped his pickup and pushed her out. She said that when he drove away, he struck her with the truck, the affidavit said. It said police were alerted at 2:26 a.m. Sunday about the incident in the 400 block of Blockhouse Drive.

The victim had an injury on the left side of her face, and also scratches and red marks on her hands and knees, according to the affidavit. The affidavit does not say how the victim and Amozurrutia knew each other.

A witness who also was in the pickup said she got out of the truck with the victim and saw it strike her, the affidavit said.

It also said two other witnesses who were driving by saw the victim struck and knocked to the ground by an open door on the passenger side when the truck pulled away.

It said the two witnesses told police the driver left without offering to help the victim.

Police stopped Amozurrutia at a nearby gas station for an unrelated offense and were able to identify his truck as the one that hit the victim, the affidavit said.

Amozurrutia was released from the Williamson County Jail on Sunday after posting bail set at $75,000.

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Father intentionally killed 5-year-old son, police say

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

Police: 5-Year-Old Son Intentionally Killed By Father

father is in custody after police say he intentionally killed his 5-year-old son at a DeKalb County, Georgia, home Wednesday night.

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It was not immediately clear what led to the homicide or how the boy was killed.

According to police, the child lived at a home on Rocky Pine Drive in Lithonia with his grandmother. His parents drove from California for an unannounced visit Wednesday, authorities said.

The boy’s mother and grandmother left the home, returned and “learned that the child had been murdered,” police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told WSBTV.

Three other children were inside the home at the time of the killing, but were not injured, the news station reported. 

Police have not released the names of the father and child.

"Right now, the father is in custody,” Campbell said. “He is a 25-year-old male.” 

Authorities continued to investigate the incident Thursday.

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Officials: Woman started massive blaze after losing home in divorce

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Authorities in Paulding County, Georgia, arrested Adrienne Satterly, 41, on 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
Paulding County Sheriff's Office
Authorities in Paulding County, Georgia, arrested Adrienne Satterly, 41, on 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.(Paulding County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities said a Georgia woman accused of setting a fire that spread to 19 houses started it in the house she lost in a divorce.

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Paulding County fire officials said Adrienne Satterly, 41, of Hiram, stacked a pile of mattresses in the living room of the home, on Rosemont Court in Hiram, early Sunday morning.

She then lit the mattresses on fire and left the house with her two cats, fire officials said.

The fire spread to 19 separate homes in the Greystone Subdivision, destroying four homes and damaging 16 others, firefighters said. The fire was reported at 3:25 a.m.

Satterly is charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

Neighbors told WSBTV that they ran out of their homes with almost nothing but their lives.

“I lost my two dogs, which is the hardest thing because material things can be replaced, but my dogs is my -- that breaks my heart,” neighbor Auzalea Godfrey said.

Fire investigators said Satterly called 911 after walking about an hour to a nearby Walmart after starting the fire.

Satterly remained jailed Tuesday in Paulding County, where she is being held without bond.

Neighbors said she gave them no warning.

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