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Parents investigated after letting kids walk home alone

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 12:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 12:25 PM

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A couple in Maryland is being investigated for child neglect after letting their 10-year-old-son and 6-year-old daughter walk home together from the park without adult supervision.

The distance of the walk is approximately one mile.

But the children made it only about halfway home before they were stopped by police, according to a Washington Post report. A concerned citizen informed police about the unattended children.

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Danielle and Alexander Meitiv claim to be proponents of “free-range parenting,” a style of parenting that counters the micromanaging “helicopter” form of parenting that has become increasingly popular. Danielle Meitiv said the world is safer than when she was a child, and by allowing children to have a certain level of freedom and independence, they learn the critical skills of responsibility and self-reliance.

Local authorities feel differently. State law requires children younger than 8 to be accompanied by a reliable person at least 13 years of age.

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Alexander Meitiv said he had a tense time with the police officers who brought the children home. Soon afterward, Montgomery County Child Protective Services officials showed up at the family’s home. The agency required the parents to sign a safety pledge vowing not to leave their children unsupervised. If they refused, their children would be removed from the home.

The Meitivs complied, but refused the agency's request to examine their home. Officials interviewed the children about the incident while they were at school. The family has a meeting at the CPS office next week.

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Day care provider gets probation for trying to hang toddler, running over 2 men

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:50 AM

Nataliia Karia, center, with her lawyers Brock Hunter, right, and Ryan Else, reacts during her sentencing hearing in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)
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Nataliia Karia, center, with her lawyers Brock Hunter, right, and Ryan Else, reacts during her sentencing hearing in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)(Leila Navidi/AP)

A Minnesota home day care worker has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for trying to hang a toddler and running over two men.

>> PREVIOUSLY: Police: Day care worker arrested, accused of trying to hang child

According to KARE, Nataliia Karia of Minneapolis was arrested in November 2016 after authorities said she hanged a toddler in her care from a homemade noose in her basement. Karia fled after Joseph Sabir, the father of another child at the day care, rescued the toddler, who survived the incident, the station reported. She drove off in her minivan, running over and injuring two men before she tried to kill herself by jumping from a bridge, authorities said.

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>> Man suspected of nearly beating girlfriend's daughter to death

Although Karia, who was charged with attempted murder and criminal vehicular operation, pleaded guilty, her attorneys said years of abuse by her husband sparked her actions and caused her to become mentally ill.

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In addition to the probation time, Judge Jay Quam on Monday sentenced Karia to "court-ordered mental health treatment and electronic home monitoring for at least two months," the Star Tribune reported. Karia also can't visit her own children without supervision, according to the newspaper.

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Man suspected of nearly beating girlfriend's daughter to death

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested Latarius Curry after investigators said his girlfriend's child suffered life-threatening injuries while under his care.
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Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested Latarius Curry after investigators said his girlfriend's child suffered life-threatening injuries while under his care.(Memphis Police Department)

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested a man after investigators said his girlfriend's child suffered life-threatening injuries while under his care. 

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According to the arrest affidavit, the suspect, Latarius Curry, was alone with the victim and two other children when he called his girlfriend. 

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He reportedly told the victim's mother that her daughter was having a seizure. The woman rushed home from work and noticed her daughter's body was "very stiff," and her eyes were rolling into the back of her head, the affidavit said.

The child was rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in extremely critical condition. 

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Court records detail the severe injuries the child suffered, which included liver laceration, contusions and bruises. It also said the child had multiple seizures. 

The doctor said the injuries are consistent with "non-accidental trauma, specifically blunt force trauma to the head."

Police said the injuries are currently "unexplained."

Curry has been charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. 

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Texas woman accused of biting off, swallowing part of victim's nose

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:54 AM

Jessica Collins, 41, of Conroe, Texas, is facing an assault charge after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.
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Jessica Collins, 41, of Conroe, Texas, is facing an assault charge after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.(Harris County Sheriff's Office)

A Texas woman was arrested and charged with assault after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.

According to KTRK, the victim, identified only as "Tatiana," said the incident happened last week after she, her neighbor and the neighbor's guest came back to Tatiana's home after a night out. When the neighbor's guest, 41-year-old Jessica Collins of Conroe, "demanded more alcohol and cigarettes," Tatiana said she asked her to leave, KTRK reported

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That's when Collins attacked her, Tatiana said.

"I didn't have time to react, to push her away," said Tatiana, who claimed that Collins then bit off a portion of her nose. 

Tatiana told KTRK that she didn't know the extent of her injury until the ambulance ride to the hospital. She said she called her husband, screaming, "I don't have a nose! I'm 28 years old and I don't have a nose anymore!"

Tatiana said she will need plastic surgery for her injury. 

Collins was released from jail Monday after posting bond.

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Bartender's heartwarming act of kindness for homeless man goes viral

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

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A Tennessee bartender's generous act has gone viral.

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According to a Facebook post by Dawn Wilt, an unidentified homeless man recently walked into Huey's, a popular Memphis restaurant, with only $2.

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He asked the bartender what he could get with such a small amount of money. The post said the bartender immediately said he could get a burger, even asking if he preferred onion rings or fries. 

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God Bless Huey’s.... George is smiling down .. The bartender Beck greeted a homeless man with “what can I get you man”...

Posted by Dawn Wilt on Friday, July 13, 2018
The post has been shared more than 1,100 times. 

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