Daycare Employees Arrested For Encouraging Toddlers To Fight

DOVER, Del. (CBS) – Three daycare employees were arrested on Monday for allegedly watching and encouraging toddlers to fight each other while under their care.

According to Dover Police, three employees from the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Delaware were arrested after a cell phone video showed employees watching and encouraging two 3-year-olds fight each other.

Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21, were charged with Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangering and Conspiracy for the incident, which occurred in March of 2012 and was captured on cell phone video.

In the video, police say one child can be heard crying and yelling, ‘He’s pinching me,’ while a daycare worker responds, ‘No pinching, only punching.’”

“Clearly one of the children is crying and does not want to continue on and he is pushed back into the fray by one of the adults,” Dover Police Captain Tim Stump said.

Cristyl Slack says her four-year-old daughter was in the room when the fight happened in March.

“That pissed me off just because I feel if my daughter is around anything I should have known that day,” Slack said.

The fight video is not being shown to parents or the public because police say it is evidence.

“I can’t ever believe in a million years. I mean I would have to see the proof to believe it,” parent Amy Bickling said.

Hands of Our Future Daycare, located at 868 S. State St., has had its City of Dover Business License suspended pending a hearing.

The Dover Police Department arranged for a meeting Monday night for parents or legal guardians of the daycare’s children to answer questions and help parents find new daycare arrangements.

Efforts to reach the daycare owner were not successful.


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Man falls on his knife three times

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 37-year-old man was hospitalized in Grand Rapids on Sunday after suffering several stab wounds he claimed resulted from falling on a knife, police said.

According to medical dispatch traffic around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the man suffered three stab wounds to his neck and back.

The placement of the wounds suggested to medical personnel they were not self-inflicted, according to dispatch reports.

Grand Rapids police Lt. Matt Ostapowicz said an officer was sent to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital to interview the man.

“He claimed he fell on a knife he was working with. But he’s also being uncooperative,” Ostapowicz said. “We don’t necessarily believe his story right now.”


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Fire truck stolen while firefighters at work

ATLANTIC CITY – August 19, 2012 (WPVI) — Atlantic City police are searching for the person responsible for taking a fire truck while firefighters worked to free patrons trapped in an elevator.

Around 4:00 a.m., firefighters from Engine 7 were called to rescue several people trapped in an elevator at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.

Hotel security reported at least a dozen people stuck inside on the fourth floor.

Firefighters were able to free the patrons within 20 minutes.

While fire crews worked, someone jumped into the truck and drove it about a block away before leaving it unattended.

Officials were able to recover the truck undamaged.

Police are still investigating. So far no word on any suspects or arrests.


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‘Who’s Your Daddy’ DNA Test Truck

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It is a sign of the times — getting a quick DNA test is now as easy as walking up to a truck.

The “Who’s Your Daddy” recreational vehicle is selling DNA tests, mostly to fathers who suspect their children may not actually be theirs.

“They flag us down, they pull us over, they talk to us,” owner and operator Jared Rosenthal said Wednesday. “Sometimes, because of the nature of the services, they want to be a little more discreet about it, but they do come or they’ll call the number.”

In this business, Rosenthal said he deals with all kinds of crazy situations all day, every day.

“We have people that want to get the specimen from their spouse without them knowing about it,” Rosenthal said. “We deal with a lot of drama, it’s constant drama.”

There have been instances where men have walked in with a baby to give DNA samples only to find out later they’re not related.

When asked by CBS 2’s Dave Carlin why he was taking the DNA test from the traveling truck, one unidentified man explained, “I’m paying child support anyways and I would do it anyways. You just want to know.”

“There’s a lot of difficult situations and tough moments and heartbreak,” Rosenthal said, adding that there are happy endings as well. “There’s a lot of good news that we’re able to deliver and there’s a lot of happy moments.”

For example, the test helped a 44-year-old Harlem man find his long lost 20-year-old daughter.

Rosenthal maintained that his credentials are legitimate and that his business is legal. In fact, he said he believes he is providing an essential service.

“It’s not something people talk about, but there is a big need for it,” he said.

Inwood resident Kesha Veras agreed.

“The mother is like ‘You’re the father.’ He says ‘No the heck I’m not.’ You don’t know. Right there, that’s how you find out,” Veras said.

As you might imagine, wherever Rosenthal’s truck goes it attracts attention. Reactions range from people saying ‘How could he?’ to others who saying ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’

“Yeah, more power to him,” said Manny Castillo of Elizabeth, N.J.

“It’s a good idea!” added Marlin Martinez of Inwood.

“He’s gonna always have customers, unfortunately,” Dominique Dale said.

Rosenthal said he takes it all in stride.

“Half the job is to be a psychologist to folks,” he said.

The DNA tests, which cost between $299 and $575, require a simple cheek swab from each participant and lab analysis. Results are available in a couple of days.

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3-year-old boy found sitting alone in a store aisle at night

FORT PIERCE — The crying of a 3-year-old boy sitting alone in a store aisle at night finally attracted a clerk’s attention.

The toddler was so upset, he could only ask “where was his mommy,” according to a police report. He couldn’t remember his mother’s last name and a call over the store’s public address system drew no response. A search outside the Deal’s Dollar Tree, in the 400 block of Georgia Avenue, also was unsuccessful.

Finally an hour later, at 9:44 p.m. Tuesday, a gold-colored minivan drove up with the mother and grandmother as police were at the store. The mother “seemed confused when approached about the whereabouts of her child,” according to the police report. “She said she thought he was in the vehicle at the time she left the store.

“But couldn’t find him when they got home,” the report states.

Yet no one called 911, police said, and she allegedly couldn’t explain hourlong absence.

The child was turned over to the grandmother. The mother, Philleana Peak, 30, of 1200 block of Wyoming Drive, Fort Pierce, was arrested on charges of child neglect and possession of marijuana. She was in the St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of a $6,250 bail.

Police notified the Florida Department of Children and Families of the incident.


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SpongeBob SquarePants is gay


The popular cartoon character SpongeBob Squarepants is homosexual, according to a study by the National Commission for the protection of morality in Ukraine, the Ukrainian newspaper Ukraínskaya Pravda reported on Thursday.

The Commission has been studying some of the most popular animated series on Ukrainian television and is set to propose a countrywide ban on some of them, claiming they “present a real threat to children”.

Series like The Simpsons, Family Guy, Pokemon, The Teletubbies and Futurama are “projects aimed at the destruction of the family, and the promotion of drugs and other vices.”

Japanese Anime series are also, they say, “a clear example of sexist propaganda” according to an article published in one of Ukraine’s leading daily newspapers.

According to Irina Medvédeva, a psychologist quoted in the study, children aged between 3 and 5 years, after being exposed to such series, “pull faces and make jokes in front of adults they don’t know, laugh out loud and repeat nonsense phrases in a brazen manner.”

The report goes on to say that “The Teletubbies deliberately aims to create subnormal (men), who spend all day in front of the television with their mouths open swallowing all types of information,” behaviour which, it claims, complies with the “psychology of losers”.


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Woman’s Body Snatched from Pleasantville Cemetery

Police are searching for the people responsible for stealing a woman’s body from a mausoleum at the Atlantic City Cemetery in Pleasantville last week.

Cemetery workers say the mausoleum’s door was pried open and that the coffin that housed the body of Pauline Spinelli was empty inside.

“The person who came here came with the tools necessary to break into that,” Pleasantville Police Captain Rocky Melendez told NBC10’s Ted Greenberg.

The empty coffin was discovered around on Friday, according to police.

They say the body was stolen sometime between Thursday night and early Friday.

“You gotta think…they took her out of the box and threw her in the back of their car with them,” Spinelli’s grandson Rocco told NBC10.

Spinelli was laid to rest inside the mausoleum with other family members in 1996. She was 98 years old when she died.

Police are working to determine if the theft of Spinelli’s body may be connected to two others in Middlesex County. In 2010, the body of a 2-year-old was stolen and in 2011, a 72-year-old Joseph Lamela’s body was taken, according to authorities

They’re also investigating the possibility that Spinelli’s remains were stolen for some sort of cult ritual.

“I don’t want to see someone desecrate her body — chop her up or make some sort of voodoo dust out of her,” said Rocco Spinelli.

He just wants the thieves to bring his grandmom back, or else…”grandmom is going to haunt them for rest of their lives.”


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