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Vegan Mom Accused of Feeding Baby Only Fruits, Nuts

Family says Elizabeth Hawk wanted to live on 'water and sunlight' herself

(Newser) - A vegan Pennsylvania woman who was, per her family, determined to live on "water and sunlight" apparently took her extreme dietary views too far and has now been accused of starving her 11-month-old baby, feeding him nothing but fruit and nuts, CBS Pittsburgh reports. The child's father, who'... More »

In 'Heartbreaking' Video, Toddler Tries to Wake Up ODed Mom

The 36-year-old woman is being charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - Instead of helping when a 36-year-old woman collapsed from an apparent overdose, leaving her 2-year-old daughter crying on the floor of a Family Dollar, a bystander whipped out their cellphone and started filming, WILX reports. And while police wish the bystander would have helped instead, they will be using the... More »

New Home for Boy in SUV With Allegedly ODing Grandma

Cops say grandma, friend used heroin then drove with 4-year-old in car

(Newser) - Authorities have found a new home for a 4-year-old boy photographed in the backseat of an SUV while his grandma and her friend were apparently overdosing on heroin in the front seats, NBC News reports. According to USA Today , the photo was taken Sept. 7 by an Ohio police officer... More »

Addict Jailed for Sake of Unborn Baby

Alabama woman admitted to cops she was using heroin

(Newser) - In what police describe as "a sad case, no matter how you look at it," an Alabama judge has ordered a suspected drug addict to remain behind bars until she gives birth to her second child. Authorities say Alexandra Nicole Laird, 21, gave birth to a baby girl... More »

Outrage Over Video of Man Tossing Boy, 4, From Bridge

Authorities are investigating

(Newser) - A horrified stranger recorded a man throwing a 4-year-old off a railroad bridge into Washington state's Wynoochee River last week, then posted the video to Facebook , where outrage was swift. "This is a woman me and all my friends witnessed letting a 'stranger' throw her 4 1/2... More »

Mom's Arrest Underscores Ambiguity of Leaving Kids Alone

Children in this case were 8 and 9; mom left them for 45 minutes to pick up food

(Newser) - A Maryland mom who made a food run while vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, Del., probably wishes she had just microwaved some pizza bagels. Rehoboth Beach Police Lt. Jaime Riddle says 55-year-old Susan Terrillion was arrested Tuesday and charged with endangering the welfare of her 8-year-old and 9-year-old kids after she... More »

Parents Abandon Toddler to Catch Pokemon: Cops

The boy was found filthy and screaming, say San Tan Valley police

(Newser) - When not falling off cliffs or making illegal border crossings , people are allegedly abandoning their kids in search of Pokemon. Arizona police say Brent Daley, 27, and Brianne Daley, 25, left their 2-year-old son home alone for at least 90 minutes on Thursday night while playing Pokemon Go, reports Tucson... More »

4-Year-Old on 911 Call: My Dad Passed Out in Car

NJ cops say 41-year-old Jamil Graham was found with half-empty bottle of vodka

(Newser) - Police say a 4-year-old New Jersey girl called 911 to report her father had passed out in their car, the AP reports. Cliffside Park police say 41-year-old Jamil Graham of Englewood Cliffs was charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of alcohol, and several motor vehicle offenses. Police say... More »

Women Ham It Up for Mugshots After Alleged Assault

Facebook users aren't impressed

(Newser) - Mary Jordan was charged with assault and child endangerment last week in Bellevue, Ohio—but you wouldn't know it from her smiling mugshot. Police say Jordan and friends Ashley England and Sammie Whaley attacked a McDonald's worker in a restaurant parking lot on June 8 because they thought... More »

YouTube 'Fire Challenge' Burns 40% of Boy's Body

Youngsters have been taking part in dangerous online stunt for years

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy from Queens, NY, suffered third-degree burns on more than 40% of his body after trying to simulate a YouTube challenge in his bathtub Tuesday night, Gothamist reports. The horrifying-sounding "fire challenge" that the unnamed preteen tried goes basically like this, per CBS New York : Pour a... More »

Cops: Father, Son Kept Teen Girl Chained in Basement

The girl says she was kept captive for more than a year

(Newser) - A father and son were arrested early Thursday after allegedly keeping a 13-year-old girl shackled in their basement and feeding her old scraps of food for at least a year, WTOL reports. The girl was discovered running away from home Wednesday night in downtown Toledo. She claimed her stepfather kept... More »

Cops: Woman Tries to Flush Baby Down Hospital Toilet

She then allegedly left it in a trashcan

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman allegedly tried to flush her newborn baby down a toilet before abandoning it in a trash can at an Iowa hospital on Mother's Day, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. According to the Gazette , Ashley Hautzenrader delivered the baby into a toilet in a hospital bathroom Sunday... More »

Cops: Dad's Stranger- Danger Test Scares Kids Into Jumping Out Window

He's facing possible child-endangerment charges

(Newser) - A suburban Cleveland man (who apparently gets all his parenting tips from George Bluth ) had a friend pose as a threatening ex-convict during a test to see whether his teenagers would let a stranger into their home, prompting them to jump out a window and call 911, police say.... More »

Cops: Tutor Arrested With 3 Kids in Trunk

Tenn. woman charged with reckless endangerment

(Newser) - The answer to "How do you fit nine kids in a car?" is not "six in the cab and three in the trunk," Tennessee cops more or less informed a Nashville-area tutor after arresting her at a gas station Sunday evening. Police say that after a call... More »

Mom Lets 4-Year-Old Play 120 Feet Away, Faces Jail

Tomahawk was found playing alone at a playground in the gated complex

(Newser) - A mom who lives in a gated apartment complex in Sacramento, Calif., and describes her parenting style as "free range" faces up to six months in jail for letting her 4-year-old son play alone in the complex playground 120 feet from her front door. She was charged after two... More »

Mom, Boyfriend Arrested in Toddler's Oven Death

They left 4 young kids home alone to go for pizza

(Newser) - The mother of a 19-month-old who died a horrific death after being left at home with three siblings may be in jail when her next baby arrives. Racqual Thompson, who is 8 1/2 months pregnant, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with child endangerment, along with boyfriend Cornell Malone, reports... More »

Cops: Mom Put Infant on Roadside, Drove Away

Sandra McClary, 26, charged with child neglect, endangerment

(Newser) - Police have charged a Maryland mother with child neglect and reckless endangerment after she allegedly left her infant on the side of a Pasadena road, then drove away. A bishop found what police now say is a 6-week-old in a car seat carrier with a diaper bag nearby shortly before... More »

Mom Who Dropped Kid in Cheetah Pit Is Childcare Worker

Michelle Schwab is an assistant director at KinderCare

(Newser) - The woman accused of dangling and dropping her 2-year-old boy into a zoo's cheetah exhibit is herself a childcare worker, Cleveland.com reports. Michelle Schwab is an assistant director, no less, at KinderCare in Columbus, Ohio, the company's corporate office revealed today. Schwab "is currently home with... More »

Zoo: Mom Was Dangling Kid Who Fell in Cheetah Pit

Parents could face child endangerment charges

(Newser) - Zoo officials in Cleveland say a woman was dangling her 2-year-old son over a railing when he fell about 10 feet into a cheetah exhibit. "Unfortunately, we have a number of eyewitness accounts that point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled over the rail," the... More »

Cops: Kids Left Home Alone —for 4 Months

Parents say uncle was to watch them, he said all was fine

(Newser) - Kevin McCallister thought he had it bad. Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their New Hampshire apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities say. Manchester police say the uncle, 25-year-old Giobari Atura, told... More »

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