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Young Daughter of First Responders Dies of COVID

Skylar Herbert, 5, is Michigan's youngest victim

(Newser) - Michigan has its first child fatality of the COVID-19 outbreak. The parents of 5-year-old Skylar Herbert took her off a ventilator on Sunday after doctors said she had no hope of recovery and was likely brain-dead, reports the Detroit News . Skylar started having headaches about a month ago, and a... More »

Dad Whose Kids Died in Flood Charged With Manslaughter

Daniel Rawlings accused of driving around barricade near swollen creek

(Newser) - The parents of two kids killed in an Arizona flash flood in November have been hit with charges after those children, plus one of their young nieces, all drowned in the floodwaters. A spokesman for the Gila County Sheriff's Office confirmed to People that Daniel Rawlings was charged with... More »

Disturbing Development in Case of Boy Found on Porch

Burned-out vehicle with human remains was rental car driven by little Noelvin's parents

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy was found on a stranger's porch in Buffalo on Monday morning, more than 1,000 miles from his home in Florida, and the three adults he'd been traveling with, including his parents, are "potentially ... still alive," say Buffalo police—but it doesn't... More »

Parents Find Boy in Girl's Closet. They're Now in Jail

The California adults allegedly restrained the teen and assaulted him

(Newser) - Parents in California reportedly discovered a 17-year-old hiding in their 15-year-old daughter's closet on Thursday. What allegedly happened next has led to three adults being arrested Friday and hit with felony charges associated with committing a hate crime, kidnapping, and more. Police say the girl's relatives returned to... More »

Dayton Gunman's Parents: We're Sorry for Obituary

Death notice describing shooter as 'funny' and 'articulate' has been taken down

(Newser) - It's natural to want to say flattering things about loved ones in their death notices. But the family of Connor Betts, the gunman who killed nine in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month, is now apologizing for what they say was an "insensitive" obituary for him. The BBC reports... More »

The Smart Diaper Is Only Months Away

Lumi by Pampers sends text alerts when the diaper is wet

(Newser) - Ding! Your baby's diaper is wet. That's the idea behind Lumi by Pampers, a new line of smart diapers that text-alerts parents when the baby needs changing, CNN reports. The product also tracks the baby's sleep time and number of pees, but not—as a dad points... More »

Parents React Maturely at Youth Baseball Game

Yes, it's a brawl

(Newser) - Seen parents get mad when their kids play baseball? This beats that—unless you've witnessed 15 to 20 adults on the field in an all-out brawl. Video tweeted by police shows the Saturday melee at Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo, including haymakers and a woman jumping on someone'... More »

Cops Applaud 'Courage' of Kid Who Brought Meth to School

Young boy essentially turned in parents

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are praising a young boy for bringing drugs to school—because he did so to get help regarding his parents. The New York Daily News cites a Facebook post from the Kennewick PD that relays what happened Wednesday when the "elementary school-aged child" showed up... More »

School's Dress Code for Parents Called 'Belittling'

It bans satin caps, shower caps, hair rollers, Daisy Dukes, pajamas

(Newser) - It's not the students who are irritated about a new dress code at a Houston high school. These students wear uniforms , and the new rules apply to their parents. According to James Madison High School, parents and other guests will not be permitted in "sagging pants," Daisy... More »

Parents' Sleep May Suffer for 6 Years After Baby Arrives

If you just welcomed a little one, you can look forward to the year 2025

(Newser) - Being able to say, "The baby is finally sleeping through the night" may offer a mental boost, but that doesn't mean you're necessarily going to be getting a lot more shut-eye anytime soon. In fact, don't count on it for at least six years, the Telegraph ... More »

He Got a $4.5M MLB Signing Bonus. He Used It for a Christmas Gift

Brady Singer, top prospect for Kansas City Royals, paid off mom and dad's bank loan, all other debt

(Newser) - Imagine being 22 years old and able to offer your parents the ultimate Christmas gift: freedom from debt. That's a feeling just experienced by Brady Singer, a first-round draft pick in this year's MLB draft and now a prospect for the Kansas City Royals, after he made the... More »

7 Families Sue Suspected School Shooter's Parents

They didn't do enough to keep guns away from Dimitrios Pagourtzis: suit

(Newser) - Sabika Sheikh's parents saw it as an opportunity. Sending their daughter to the US as an exchange student from Pakistan could give her a leg up in a later career in business or diplomacy , Abdul Aziz and Farah Naz thought. Three weeks before she was to complete her school... More »

After House Awarded to Ex, Man Tries to Kill Her

'Extremely tense' day in Pa. ends with suspect, his parents dead

(Newser) - The hunt for a Pennsylvania man who cops say shot at his ex-wife, then gunned down his elderly parents on Wednesday is over. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan told reporters Thursday that 59-year-old Bruce Rogal had crashed his minivan into his ex-wife's home earlier that morning, and that... More »

She Thought It Was a Goof on Her Family Tree. It Was a Secret

'The Atlantic' looks at how at-home DNA test kits are revealing decades-old secrets

(Newser) - After Catherine St Clair used AncestryDNA's test, she took to bed crying. What she initially thought was a goof on the part of the company was actually the revelation of a secret that had never occurred to her: Her brother wasn't appearing properly on her family tree because... More »

ACLU on 'Big Victory' at the Border: 'Tears Will Be Flowing'

Federal judge's orders reunification of separated migrant families must happen within 30 days

(Newser) - The ACLU claimed a "big victory" Tuesday in its fight with the Trump administration to reunite families separated at the border. "These families thought they might never see each other again. Tonight's court ruling will change lives," the ACLU tweeted on a federal judge's preliminary... More »

Parents Love Teacher's Post About Awful Parents

Texas middle school teacher Julie Marburger parents, kids are behaving badly

(Newser) - Julie Marburger had had it—and then she reached a new level of fed-up. The 45-year-old Texas middle school teacher has decided to give up teaching at the end of the school year, but in a March 28 Facebook post , she writes that she didn't know if she would... More »

Melania's Parents Under Scrutiny As Trump Blasts 'Chain Migration'

How did Viktor and Amalija Knavs come to gain legal residency in the US?

(Newser) - President Trump has railed against so-called "chain migration"—more commonly called family reunification, the visa process by which green card holders or legal residents in the US can bring family members over from their home countries, per NPR —but now the focus is turning to how the... More »

Parents Demand Answers on 'Missing' Daughter Found Years Ago

Crissita Cage-Toaster's body was found in March 2010; her parents just found out last month

(Newser) - Almost eight years after their daughter's car was found abandoned in Detroit, a Georgia couple held out hope that the missing woman would be found alive. It was hope that should've been dashed within months. The body of Crissita Cage-Toaster was pulled from the Detroit River in March... More »

N. Korea's Spies Took Her in '77. Trump Wants to Help Find Answers

President to meet with parents of Japan's Megumi Yokota, snatched at age 13 to serve as tutor

(Newser) - Forty years ago, a Japanese teen was abducted while walking home, one of at least 17 people kidnapped by North Korea in the '70s and '80s to serve as language and cultural tutors to the nation's spies. Now, President Trump has plans to meet with Megumi Yokota'... More »

Attempted-Bombing Suspect's Family Is 'Flabbergasted' at FBI

Jerry Drake Varnell's parents says he has schizophrenia—and FBI took advantage

(Newser) - The family of the Oklahoma man accused of plotting to blow up a bank says they're "heartbroken" but stand by Jerry Drake Varnell—who got caught up in a situation spurred by his mental illness and only made possible with aid from the FBI. NewsOK posts a statement... More »

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