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3-Year-Old's 'Keen Observation' Saves Elderly Neighbor

Boy noticed papers piling up on porch of NH woman who was trapped in her basement

(Newser) - An elderly New Hampshire woman who was trapped in her basement is doing well after being saved by the most unlikely of rescuers. Per KWTX , police were called to a home in Hampton on Wednesday after a boy noticed something unusual on a neighbor's doorstep. CBS Boston identifies the... More »

In NY, 2 Families Experience 'Every Parent's Nightmare'

2 children have died from rare illness linked to coronavirus

(Newser) - In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls "every parent's nightmare," two children in New York state have succumbed to an illness believed to be tied to the coronavirus. CBS New York reports that a 7-year-old boy from Westchester County died last week after suffering neurological complications from a... More »

Kids Are Showing Up in ICUs With Odd 'Inflammatory' Syndrome

15 NYC kids hospitalized in cases perhaps tied to COVID-19, with similar cases across US, abroad

(Newser) - Initial research suggests that kids don't seem to be as hard hit by the coronavirus as adults are, but a group of children hospitalized in New York City underscores that there's much we still don't know. Per CNN , a Monday alert issued by the city's health... More »

Girl's Quarantine Song Asks a Pressing 'Existential Question'

'I wonder what's inside your butthole' is Jolee Dunn's earnest query

(Newser) - While stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, have you had ample opportunity to ponder the meaning of life? Or, perchance, what might be in your butthole? If you've come up short on the latter, Jolee Dunn has some possible answers for you. The 8-year-old from Los Angeles has... More »

Thunberg Steps Up With Big Bucks for 'Child-Rights Crisis'

Teen activist to donate a recent $100K award to UNICEF to help kids affected by virus

(Newser) - Greta Thunberg announced last month she may have been infected with the coronavirus and recovered, and now the teen activist is making a push to help other kids affected by COVID-19. Thunberg recently received a $100,000 award from the Human Act, a Danish anti-poverty NGO, and now the Local... More »

A 3-Year-Old Went Missing. Good Thing Buddy Was There

Buddy's the family dog who protected the boy in the woods until he was rescued

(Newser) - Get those treats ready, because Buddy surely deserves them. First Coast News reports a 3-year-old boy who went missing in Florida this week is now "safe and sound," and it's partly because his family's dog was with him the whole time, keeping watch over him. Fox... More »

15 Dead at Center Where Kids Were 'Living Like Animals'

Deadly fire took place at Haitian children's center run by controversial Pennsylvania-based group

(Newser) - A blaze that tore through a Haitian children's home on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince killed 15 children, putting the Pennsylvania-based Christian nonprofit that runs it once more under the microscope. Rose-Marie Louis, a worker at the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding, tells the AP the fire started... More »

4 Kids Vanished in an Alaskan Storm. Then, 'Tears'

2-year-old among those rescued near Nunam Iqua on Monday

(Newser) - Four children lost amid blizzard conditions in Western Alaska have thankfully been found alive, though all are suffering from severe hypothermia. The group—identified as Christopher Johnson, 14; Frank Johnson, 8; Ethan Camille, 7; and Trey Camille, 2—had departed Nunam Iqua, a remote village near the Bering Sea, around... More »

Minors Who Sought Asylum With Their Families Now Return Alone

135 such children are in US custody and, for now, can't be sent back

(Newser) - Children as young as 4 are crossing the US-Mexico border alone in what CNN reports is a dangerous consequence of the Trump administration's policy of requiring some migrants to remain in Mexico while their immigration cases play out. Some 60,000 migrants seeking asylum in the US have been... More »

Sperm Donor's 'Overwhelming' Find Leads to $5.25M Suit

Bryce Cleary says he fathered 17 kids, not just 5 like Oregon fertility clinic promised

(Newser) - When Dr. Bryce Cleary was in medical school at Oregon Health and Science University three decades ago, he decided to help people who were having fertility issues by becoming a sperm donor. But he had conditions, including that no more than five children be produced using his sperm; that the... More »

In the UK, a First on Child Discipline

Scotland bans smacking children

(Newser) - In Scotland, adults are more protected against assault than children are, as parents and caregivers are allowed to use "reasonable" physical force for disciplinary purposes. That's about to change: On Thursday, the country's Parliament voted 84-29 to ban all physical punishment for kids, including spanking, slapping, smacking,... More »

FBI: In 5 Years, 27K Kids Under 10 Were Arrested

The stats are eye-opening

(Newser) - When two 6-year-olds in Florida were arrested at school, many people were outraged that children that young were taken into custody—but it may be more common than most people think. ABC News broke down FBI crime stats from 2013 to 2017 and found that over that five-year span, nearly... More »

He Woke Up Early at a Sleepover. Then He Smelled Smoke

Quick-thinking Jayden Espinosa, 5, saves 13 people from apartment fire

(Newser) - A 5-year-old at a Chicago sleepover is now being hailed as a hero for saving 12 people and himself from an early-morning fire. WPVI reports Jayden Espinosa was sleeping over at his aunt's apartment last weekend, and he woke up Saturday morning while everyone else was still snoozing. Jayden... More »

Researchers Rank Top Causes of Brain Injuries in Kids

Falling from beds, tripping on floors, and playing football are commonly cited in ERs

(Newser) - A comprehensive new report on the causes of brain injuries in children finds that falls from beds and trips on uneven floors are top causes in the youngest of kids, but football emerges as a leader among older ones, reports HealthDay News . The study in the journal Brain Injury breaks... More »

Taylor Swift Refuses Interviewer's Kids' Query

'I really do not think men are asked that question'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift doesn't want to talk about having kids, thanks. Nearing 30, the "ME!" singer was asked by German news outlet RTL about whether she's preparing to settle down and become a mother. Her response, per People : "I really do not think men are asked... More »

Kids Were on a Field Trip. Sex Offender Was Caught on Bus

Michael Charles Friedrichs has a history of getting on school buses

(Newser) - Among the last places you'd want to find a high-level sex offender is on a school bus with a bunch of kindergarteners. That's exactly where one was discovered in St. Paul last week, and "horrified" parents are livid. Per the Pioneer Press , police say 61-year-old Michael Charles... More »

CDC: Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste

Fluoride in toothpaste is causing white streaks from dental fluorosis

(Newser) - If you're the parent of young kids, think about how big a grain of rice is, or a pea, before you help them brush their teeth. That's because that's how big the drop of toothpaste on their toothbrush should be, depending on their age—kids up to... More »

Kids Song 'as Infectious as Anthrax' Is Climbing the Charts

You'll be hearing 'Baby Shark' in your head all weekend now

(Newser) - If you're a fan of fins, or under the age of 5, you'll be pleased with one of the Billboard Hot 100's newest hits. Otherwise, you'll likely just be fascinated at how "Baby Shark," a children's song about sharks, is now making its... More »

Sleep May Not Be a Major Casualty of Kids' Screen Time

Researchers say using electronic devices may not have significant impact on kids' shut-eye

(Newser) - If you're worried about your kids not getting enough shut-eye because of the time they spend on their smartphones and computers, playing Xbox, or watching Netflix, new research may ease that parental guilt—somewhat. The BBC reports on a new study out of Oxford University that found any ties... More »

After Child Deaths in Yemen, Democrats Write 3 Letters

House and Senate Democrats want info on US involvement in Yemen airstrikes

(Newser) - Three letters over the last three days. That's how many messages House and Senate Democrats have penned this week demanding the US be forthcoming with information on its involvement in Yemen after an airstrike there last week killed at least 40 kids . Critics say there could be thousands of... More »

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