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Grieving Mom Warns: Don't Let Visitors Kiss Your Newborn

Mariana Sifrit died from viral meningitis caused by the herpes virus

(Newser) - Nicole and Shane Sifrit had just one happy week with their baby girl Mariana, who was born healthy on July 1. On July 7, when she stopped eating and then became unresponsive, she went back to the hospital. And on Tuesday morning, she died. Mariana had contracted viral meningitis caused... More »

Girl Dies Waterskiing When Wind-Blown Hat Distracts Dad

Zoe Anderson's father was trying to bring the boat around

(Newser) - A devastating incident out of New Hampshire, where a 12-year-old girl visiting from Colorado was killed while waterskiing on a lake Monday morning after a wind-blown hat distracted her dad. Zoe Anderson's father was driving the powerboat on Newfound Lake in Hebron, with her mom and 14-year-old sister also... More »

Questions, Rumors After Fire That Killed 4 Young Sisters

Investigators believe November fire was intentionally set

(Newser) - What is known: In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, a fire killed four young sisters in their Flora, Ind., home. What isn't known: the cause of the fire—or whether it was intentionally set. After the fire that killed Keyana Davis, 11; Keyara Phillips, 9; Kerriele McDonald,... More »

Hawaii Family Starved Girl to Death Over a Year: Charges

Dad, mom, grandma arrested Friday

(Newser) - A Hawaii father, mother, and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl, the AP reports. Police on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday arrested 49-year-old Kevin Lehano, 33-year-old Tiffany Stone, and 59-year-old Henrietta Stone. Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, reading from a grand jury indictment,... More »

Toddler in State's Custody Found Unconscious in Pool, Dies

Police are investigating

(Newser) - A Vermont toddler in the custody of the state Department for Children and Families was found unconscious in a pool and later died, police said Thursday. Police said the child was found at his foster family's East Montpelier home late Wednesday morning. First responders stabilized 2½-year-old Alexander Lowell-Henry... More »

Grieving Mom: Please Don't Put Babies to Bed With Blankets

Vaccines weren't to blame for 7-month-old's death, Jordan DeRosier says

(Newser) - A devastated mother took to social media to discuss the painful details surrounding her baby's death after critics began speculating that vaccines were to blame, Good Housekeeping reports. "To those who keep commenting and messaging trying to blame vaccines for our sons death—stop," Jordan DeRosier wrote... More »

1-Year-Old Dies After Suspected Opioid OD

Ohio boy was revived, but later died

(Newser) - Authorities say a 1-year-old Ohio boy who was believed to have overdosed on opioids and was revived with an antidote drug has died, the AP reports. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says the boy died Sunday night, three days after he overdosed at a home in Akron. Police... More »

Boy, 4, Fatally Shoots Self at Child Care Provider's Home

Virginia sheriff's deputy also lives in the home

(Newser) - Virginia authorities say a 4-year-old boy fatally shot himself at the home of his child care provider, which is also the home of a Stafford County sheriff's deputy, the AP reports. The Orange County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Tuesday that the child was pronounced dead Monday.... More »

8-Year-Old Boy Killed by Falling Flower Box

The boy was climbing a window gate to get a basketball Thursday in Brooklyn

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn was killed Thursday evening when a flower box fell on his head, the New York Daily News reports. According to WABC , Kevin Reilly was climbing a window gate to retrieve a basketball outside his home and grabbed the flower box. The 4-foot-long planter fell and... More »

Body of Missing Toddler Found in Mother's 'Deplorable' Home

Police are calling the girl's death 'suspicious'

(Newser) - The body of a 1½-year-old girl was found at a "deplorable" Illinois home that she and her mother shared with squatters after her mother reluctantly allowed detectives inside to search and a day after she reported her daughter missing, police said Thursday. Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson said Semaj... More »

Boy Dies After Getting Stuck at Atlanta Rotating Restaurant

The 5-year-old's head got stuck between two tables

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy has died after getting caught in the rotating wall of an Atlanta restaurant, the AP reports. Atlanta Fire Department spokesperson Sgt. Cortez Stafford tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the little boy got his head stuck between two tables and suffered a head injury Friday. He was taken to... More »

Baby Was Said to Have Died From SIDS. 38 Years Later, an Arrest

Baby boy's father has been charged with murder

(Newser) - Police have arrested a father nearly 38 years after his infant son's death, which was originally characterized as sudden infant death syndrome, the AP reports. Maine state police charged 62-year-old Burton "Ben" Hagar with murder Friday. The Farmington man is accused of killing his 4-month-old son, Nathan, who... More »

6 Kids Found Unresponsive on Hotel Pool Deck, 1 Dead

Carbon monoxide leak is to blame

(Newser) - Authorities say a carbon monoxide leak at a southwestern Michigan hotel has killed a child and sickened about a dozen other people, including other children and several police officers, the AP reports. WNDU-TV and WSBT-TV report that officials at Lakeland Hospital in Niles confirmed the child's death Saturday. No... More »

2 Kids Killed as They Crossed Street to Meet School Bus

5- and 6-year-old cousins were hit by tractor-trailer

(Newser) - A tractor-trailer carrying 75,000 pounds of mulch struck and killed two children who ran into the road to meet their approaching school bus in Virginia on Thursday, state police said. State police spokesperson Corinne Geller said six children were standing at the bus stop on a private road off... More »

Tragic Victims of Opioid Epidemic: Curious Toddlers

Just 14 deaths in 2000, compared to 51 in 2015

(Newser) - Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother's purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers. No matter how it happens, if a 35-pound toddler grabs just one opioid pill, chews it, and releases the full... More »

3-Year-Old Twins Drown as Father Sleeps

They wandered away from home

(Newser) - A 3-year-old girl and her twin brother died in what police are calling a "tragic accident" in a Missouri pond after they apparently wandered from home as their father slept. Platte County Undersheriff Maj. Erik Holland said Arrabelle and Elijah Wagner were found Monday in the private pond behind... More »

5-Year-Old Dies After Puppy Chokes Him With His Scarf

John Bruno loved 'Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, superheroes, and being silly'

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy has died days after he was choked when the family dog pulled on his scarf as they played in the snow, the AP reports. The Philadelphia coroner's office says John Bruno died Saturday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he had been under heavy... More »

Boy, 6, Dies After 'Healing' Course; Parents Charged

Police believe Aidan Fenton was denied food, insulin

(Newser) - In 2015, Australian 6-year-old Aidan Fenton attended a controversial week-long "self-healing" workshop meant to treat his diabetes. After attending a course and returning to a nearby hotel, the boy collapsed in his family's room; his parents' screams got the attention of staff, who called police, but Aidan died... More »

'If I Had Given Him Just One Bottle, He Would Still Be Alive'

Jillian Johnson opens up about death of Landon due to accidental starvation

(Newser) - Jillian Johnson wishes a happy 5th birthday to her "sweet boy" Landon in a blog post at Fed Is Best —a post in which she publicly opens up for the first time about his death to accidental starvation at 19 days old. "If I had given him... More »

Pastor Charged in Granddaughter's Pneumonia Death

Rowland Foster's church shuns modern medicine

(Newser) - The pastor of a church that shuns modern medicine was charged with a felony Thursday in his toddler granddaughter's death from pneumonia, joining his son and daughter-in-law as defendants in the latest criminal case involving the Christian fundamentalist sect, the AP reports. The Rev. Rowland Foster, pastor of a... More »

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