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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 »

Boy, 2, Dies After More Than 5 Hours in Hot SUV

He was left in vehicle outside Fla. day care

(Newser) - Yet another child has died after being left in a hot car all day. The latest tragic death was in Brandon, Fla., where 2-year-old Jacob Manchego died Tuesday after being left for more than five hours in an SUV outside the day care center where his half sister worked, WFLA... More »

After Son's Murder, Mom Helped Killer Hide the Body

Breanna Arnold kept body in dresser before it was burned: police

(Newser) - The mother of a 3-year-old boy whose burned body was found in a wooded area in Indiana has been sentenced to 20 years in prison—though not in relation to his death. Breanna Arnold, 22, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison with 2.5 years suspended on Tuesday... More »

Arrest Made in Road-Rage Killing of 3-Year-Old Boy

Gary Holmes charged with murder of Acen King in Little Rock, Ark.

(Newser) - A suspect has been nabbed in an Arkansas road-rage case that left a 3-year-old boy dead last week. Confirmation comes via the US Marshals that Gary Holmes was arrested in connection with the murder of Acen King, who was killed after a man shot at the car he was riding... More »

'Co-Sleeping' Mom Charged After a 2nd Baby Dies

Erin Piche-Pitts had been warned on co-sleeping dangers for both babies, authorities say

(Newser) - "It happened again" is what Erin Piche-Pitts told authorities when her second infant died of apparent suffocation, even though she'd been repeatedly warned about the dangers of co-sleeping, the New York Times reports. The son of the woman from Winter Haven, Fla., died in October, this time resulting... More »

A Baby Died in 1972. Now, a Trial

'Baby Joey' died from blunt force trauma, and caregiver Gary Warwick is charged

(Newser) - An Illinois man will be tried for murder 44 years after a child in his care was found slumped on a toy motorcycle. Gary Warwick was caring for his girlfriend's son in Belleville when he said he found 1-year-old Joey Abernathy unconscious shortly after midnight on Dec. 30, 1972,... More »

Detroit Has Deadly Problem With Power Lines

Girl, 12, died because of a downed line in September

(Newser) - The electrocution of a 12-year-old Detroit girl has exposed a new risk in a city that's turning the corner nearly two years after emerging from bankruptcy: miles of obsolete power lines that could fall from poles and turn deadly. K'Brianna Griffin was killed in September when she came... More »

'Horrific Ending' After Mom, 2 Sons Reported Missing

'There were no red flags,' say police

(Newser) - "We certainly did not see this horrific ending that this case has come to," says a deputy after a mother and her two sons were found dead in Colorado on Wednesday, some 12 hours after they were reported missing. Authorities say Jennifer Laber took her two children out... More »

Bus Driver Left His Route to Take Winding Road

6th child died Wednesday, say investigators

(Newser) - A sixth child has died as a result of Monday's school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., meaning bus driver Johnthony Walker, 24, will face an additional count of vehicular homicide, reports the AP . He's also charged with reckless endangerment and reckless driving after three fourth-graders, a first-grader, and... More »

Cops: Boy Hidden Away for 3 Years Found Dead in Closet

His mother has been charged with murder

(Newser) - Police found Yonatan Daniel Aguilar dead in the bedroom closet of his family's Los Angeles home in August—and authorities say the malnourished boy, who was 11 years old but weighed just 34 pounds, had been hidden away in locked closets for three years. He was last seen publicly... More »

Nanny Charged With Force-Feeding Baby to Death

Baby woke her up from nap, police say

(Newser) - Oluremi Oyindasola, a 66-year-old live-in nanny, was napping on the couch of a Maryland home when 8-month-old Enita Salubi toddled over to her in a walker, crying, and woke her up. What police say happened next is unimaginable. Oyindasola, they say, was captured on home surveillance video trying to feed... More »

Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 6, in Front of Park Rangers

'It's what she wanted,' he allegedly told police

(Newser) - "It's what she wanted." That's how police say Seth Pickering justified allegedly killing his own 6-year-old daughter in front of park rangers in North Carolina on Friday. Two National Park Service rangers saw Pickering, 36, building a campfire with his daughter, Lila, off the Blue Ridge... More »

Toddler Dies Pinned Under Daycare's Beanbag Chair

Employee accidentally sat on the chair, say police

(Newser) - Leonardo Sanchez should be celebrating his second birthday on Saturday, but instead of a party, "I'm planning his funeral," his mom tells Utah's KSL . In what police are calling a "very tragic, sad accident," Leonardo was playing with other children at West Jordan Child... More »

Rock-Throwing Elephant Kills Young Zoogoer

She was hit in the head while posing for a photo

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl is dead after an elephant threw a rock at her Tuesday at a Moroccan zoo, the Telegraph reports. The unnamed girl was posing for a photo when she was struck in the head with a large rock. She suffered severe injuries and died at the hospital. According... More »

Toddler Dies Following Dental Procedure

Dental staff couldn't get Marvelena Rady to wake up

(Newser) - A California family is "devastated" after a 3-year-old girl died Saturday following a dental procedure in San Ramon, CBS SF Bay Area reports. According to the San Francisco Chronicle , staff at Dentalbliss called 911 when they were unable to get Marvelena Rady to wake up following a procedure. She... More »

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