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Surgery a Success on Baby With 4 Legs

The procedure took 5 surgeons 6 hours to complete

(Newser) - Many new parents joke about counting fingers and toes when their baby is born, but a mother in the Ivory Coast was confronted with an entire extra pair of legs—and those legs were growing out of her baby girl's spine. The cause is actually straightforward: Baby Dominique (her... More »

Amid Tragic Chain of Events, a Heroic Rescue Takes Place

Todd Zobrist saved infant from submerged SUV

(Newser) - A fast-acting paramedic dove into the frigid waters of an Illinois lake where an SUV was submerged Thursday and found an infant floating inside, then administered CPR while on the hood and swam the child to shore, authorities say. The infant was one of seven siblings who survived a tragic... More »

Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Baby's Asthma Risk

Large Danish study suggests its reduction of inflammation, a key part of asthma

(Newser) - A large, double blind study out of Denmark suggests that fish oil during pregnancy may help lower a child's risk of asthma, reports the New York Times , reducing rates from 24% in women given placebos to 17% in those given fish oil in the final trimester, amounting to a... More »

Thrown From Car, Infant Found Safe in Storm Drain

She rolled down a hill, suffered only minor injury

(Newser) - Some are calling it a Thanksgiving miracle, per People . Police say an 18-wheeler clipped a car on Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Ark., around 7pm Friday, causing the vehicle to flip and an 8-month-old girl to be ejected. Her car seat was found outside the vehicle, but the infant wasn't... More »

A Horrific Crime Against a Baby, a 'Monster' Suspect

Benjamin Taylor has been charged after West Virginia 9-month-old died from sexual assault injuries

(Newser) - Authorities in West Virginia say a 9-month-old sexual assault victim has died. Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said the girl died of her injuries at a hospital Wednesday, the AP reports. Benjamin Taylor of Cottageville was charged Monday with first-degree sexual assault; an additional charge is pending. Taylor is the... More »

Drowned Baby a Crushing Symbol of Migrant Crisis

Was one of 3 infants pulled from Mediterranean on Friday

(Newser) - The figure bobbing in the water looked "like a doll, arms outstretched." But what German humanitarian organization Sea-Watch pulled from the Mediterranean Sea on Friday was not a doll. "I took hold of the forearm of the baby and pulled the light body protectively into my arms... More »

Dad Leaves Baby in Running Car, Car Gets Stolen

3-month-old found safe on a Detroit porch

(Newser) - A Detroit dad is lucky to have his infant back after he made a stop at a convenience store early Monday and left the baby in the car, engine running and doors unlocked, while he ran inside, the Detroit Free Press reports. When he came back out around 1am, his... More »

No, Your Baby Isn't Imitating You

But you might be imitating her

(Newser) - Contradicting parenting websites and books—and probably a bunch of overly proud new parents—researchers have concluded that infants in the first weeks of life actually don't imitate facial expressions or hand gestures. In fact, the study suggests that it's the adults who are imitating the babies, reports... More »

Woman Who Put Newborn in Closet Didn't Know She Was Pregnant

Kelsey Martin, 21, charged with concealing the death of a child

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Pennsylvania woman told police she had no clue she was pregnant before she gave birth at home, put her unresponsive newborn into a shoebox and stored it in an upstairs closet. Kelsey Martin, of Springettsbury Township, was charged Jan. 28 with concealing the death of a child, a... More »

Police: Bronx Dad Murdered Infant for Crying

2-month-old was discarded in upstate New York

(Newser) - A New York man faces murder charges in the death of his infant son, the New York Times reports. Jose Feliciano, 51, told police that the 2-month-old was crying, so he smothered the baby, then choked him. "The guy is a piece of garbage," the superintendent at the... More »

Infant Taken From Mom Who Drank Pot Tea While Pregnant

Ohio woman says she researched using marijuana for sickness, pain

(Newser) - Ohio voters failed to legalize medical marijuana Tuesday—a law that could have prevented what's now happening to Hollie Sanford and her family. The Cleveland mom tried to alleviate extreme morning sickness and sciatic nerve pain during her pregnancy by drinking marijuana tea, a substance she tells Fox 8... More »

Day Care Shuttered After Baby Bitten 27 Times

Parents say unlicensed Texas operator waited 4 hours to call them

(Newser) - When John and Jeanette Betancourt were alerted Friday that their 4-month-old son had been bitten at his San Antonio day care, Jeanette went to pick him up and noticed the day care operator was holding the infant close to her body. "She finally turns my son around and the... More »

Crying Baby Found Locked in Hotel Safe

Canadian police looking to question family from Brooklyn

(Newser) - Canadian police are on the lookout for a family from Brooklyn, NY, after their baby was found locked in a safe in a Niagara Falls hotel yesterday morning. The family called staff to a room at the Howard Johnson Hotel to free the infant, who was "alert and crying,... More »

3-Month-Old Dies During First Day at NYC Daycare

Owner of unlicensed facility noticed Karl Towndrow's lips were blue

(Newser) - On Amber Scorah's first day back at work after maternity leave, she dropped her 3-month-old son off at the SoHo daycare that she and Lee Towndrow had chosen for him. Hours later, son Karl was dead. New York City's medical examiner's office yesterday performed an autopsy on... More »

This Is How a Newborn Sees You

Researchers reconstruct how newborns see the world

(Newser) - Researcher Svein Magnussen wondered 15 years ago whether newborns can make out people's facial expressions, but says he didn't yet have the tools to investigate. Now, thanks to modern simulation techniques, as well as a wealth of information from previous studies, the University of Oslo professor and other... More »

Man Arrested for Blowing Pot Smoke Into Baby's Mouth

Not the first time Oregon man did it: pal

(Newser) - "That was stupid of me" is what Christopher Robert Kling allegedly said to Beaverton, Ore., police as he allegedly wept during his arrest for allegedly committing what is not allegedly (but actually) an awful crime: blowing pot smoke into his own 1-year-old baby's mouth, KATU reports. The 22-year-old... More »

Mom Sees Train Hit Car With Toddler Inside

15-month-old boy escaped crash with only a bruise

(Newser) - Little Henry Bochenski of Elk River, Minnesota, is going to have an amazing story of a lucky escape to tell when he gets a little older. The 15-month-old was in the back of his mother's car Monday morning when it was hit by another vehicle at a railroad crossing,... More »

Mom Throws Infant at Deputy in Getaway Bid

Baby is fine, and woman faces charges of child abuse

(Newser) - How is it possible to rack up charges for shoplifting and child abuse at the same time? By tossing your infant daughter at the deputy coming to arrest you. Police say Pensacola's Ashley Wright, 23, was spotted by a store employee hiding about $250 worth of (adult) clothes in... More »

Boys Kill Baby in Stroller While Robbing Mom: Cops

Georgia authorities say suspects between 10 and 15 years old

(Newser) - Georgia police are looking for two boys—one about 10, the other maybe 15, max—accused of shooting a baby to death in his stroller during a robbery attempt, reports AP . The 13-month-old's mother tells WAWS-TV that the boys approached her on the street in broad daylight yesterday and... More »

To Keep Baby Healthy, Get a Dog

Canine presence cuts infants' ear infection risk: study

(Newser) - The best preventive health care for your baby may come in canine form. A study focused on respiratory tract infections (like colds and ensuing ear infections) found that Finnish infants who lived with dogs were healthy 73% of the time during their first 12 months; for kids without dogs, the... More »

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