22-month-old girl dies after dad forgets her in hot car for 5 hours

ROME: A Italian toddler died after her father forgot to drop her off at day-care and left her in his hot car for five hours.

Doctors at Ancona’s Salesi pediatric hospital on the Adriatic coast declared the 22-month-old brain dead late on Saturday, three days after her father returned from his university teaching job to find her barely breathing.

The child, identified only as Elena, had surgery to relieve swelling on the brain, but doctors said it was too extensive to save her. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday.

Francesca De Pace, coordinator for transplants in the Ancona area, expressed gratitude to the parents for giving permission for Elena’s heart, liver and kidneys to be transplanted. Officials said a 2-year-old boy in a Bergamo hospital received Elena’s heart on Sunday, while the liver recipient was a young boy in Turin.

The kidneys were being checked to see if they were suitable for transplant. Prosecutors will decide whether to charge the father, Lucio Petrizzi, with manslaughter. The distraught Petrizzi has told investigators his memory went blank and that he inexplicably thought he had dropped the child off at day-care on his way to his job.  AP

Briton kills baby after his afternoon nap is disturbed

LONDON: A 26-year-old Briton has been found guilty of killing his baby because he had disturbed his afternoon nap, a media report said on Tuesday.

Graeme Draper hurled his three-month-old son,Kodi Martin, into a baby bouncer and then grabbed him so violently his head snapped back, the Sun reported.

The jobless man from Plymouth, around 310 km from London, had dozed off in front of a television while watching a Formula One Grand Prix.

Kodi’s mother Tammy wanted to go shopping and leave the baby in Draper’s care for just around 10 minutes in Plymouth.

Draper became annoyed at being woken up. He flew into such a temper at the baby’s continual crying that he was “a mad couple of minutes” and flung him into the bouncer, the Truro Crown Court heard.

Kodi suffered brain injuries and died in hospital three weeks later.

Draper earlier said the bouncer had shaken the baby to death, but confessed after police proved to him that it was impossible.

Draper admitted to manslaughter and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.  IANS

Australian faces jail for kissing wife on butt

MELBOURNE: A man in Australia has been warned that he could face a jail term after he drunkenly kissed his estranged wife on her bottom.

According to the Mercury, the unemployed 48-year-old man, who has pleaded guilty to indecent assault in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, had been drinking when he visited his wife at her Hobart home in June 2009.

The man, who cannot be named, had visited her for a talk, and as she was lying down on her bed, he asked her twice to turn over on to her stomach.

When she refused he forcibly rolled her over, straddled her, pulled down her pants and kissed her on the bottom as she screamed “No, no!”.

When the couple’s children ran into the room, the victim explained she had been tickled, but the man made a vulgar comment.

Defence lawyer Anne-Marie Kerr said her client had intended the kiss as an act of foreplay to lift the spirits of his depressed wife but admitted he had gone to far.

“He is extremely embarrassed,” News.com.au quoted her as saying.

She said the family environment was extremely complex and the couple’s 21-year marriage had since broken down.

Magistrate Olivia McTaggart said she would like to review similar cases before passing sentence.

“My initial thoughts are that a period of custody is an appropriate sentence but I need some time to think about that,” she stated.

The case has been adjourned until January 24.   ANI

Missing cat in UK returns home 7-yrs after disappearing

LONDON: A pet cat that had been missing from itsLiverpool home in the UK has returned seven-years after it disappeared.

Owner Carol Rogers, from West Derby, had put up posters, contacted local vets and offered a 250 pounds reward when her kitten Billy went missing in 2004.

She had almost forgotten who Billy was when a vet called to tell her that a woman had found him after she noticed he had a chip on him.

“I’m thinking ‘Billy, Billy, Billy – who’s Billy?’ I said I haven’t got an animal called Billy. I’ve got three other animals, but they’re not called Billy,” the BBC quoted Rogers as saying.

“So she said ‘No, Billy, Mrs Rogers – who you lost seven years ago’.

“I rang my husband at work – he works until 11 o’clock at night – and I said ‘Billy’s back’. And he said ‘Who’s Billy?’ And I said ‘Billy, the cat’.

“My husband couldn’t quite believe it until he came home and saw him – it was lovely, it was like he’d never been away,” she added.

The woman, who looks after and re-homes stray cats, took Billy into Park Veterinary Surgery in West Derby after she found him.  ANI

7-year-old boy almost buys fighter jet via internet

SYDNEY: A seven-year-old British boy nearly bought a real-life Harrier fighter jet for $113,515 via online shopping.

The boy hit the “buy it now” button to purchase the fighter jet, which was put on sale at the online store eBay.

But his father quickly apologised to the sellers, saying his son was not able to buy the aircraft out of his pocket money, news.com.au reported Friday.

“His dad rang up and profusely apologised to us, so it’s still for sale. We’ve put it on as an auction now so that won’t happen again,” said a spokeswoman for Britain-based Jet Art Aviation, which is selling the Harrier.

The elite fighting machine was part of Britain’s arsenal in the 1982 Falklands War, but the government put the plane out of service in 1997.

Falklands War was fought in 1982 between Argentina and Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

The US Marines still use a second-generation model of the Harrier.  IANS

US girl eats five soaps a week

LONDON: A 19-year-old girl in the US is getting treatment for her addiction of eating soaps and detergent powders.

Tempestt Henderson, from Florida, eats up to five bars of soap a week and washing powder as well, the Daily Mail reported here.

According to doctors, the toxic compulsion is a rare medical condition, PICA, which causes an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive.

People suffering form PICA have been known to compulsively eat metal, coins, chalk, batteries and toothbrushes. It can often be caused by a mineral deficiency, which explains why pregnant women often crave eating coal when needing iron.

“In the shower, I like to lather up a green bar of soap, and lick the bubbles. And as the soap disintegrates, I pop a tiny amount of the soap into my mouth and suck it. It’s heavenly,” she was quoted as saying.

“I love the clean feeling it gives me. Eating soap feels so much cleaner than just washing with it.”

The doctor gave Tempestt intensive Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), to give her replacement thoughts that will prevent her from compulsively reaching for soap.

“I’m learning to think about positive things when I feel I need to eat soap,” she said.

She has also been encouraged to go for long walks, avoiding places where soap is present, like bathrooms and laundrettes.

According to psychologists, Tempestt most likely turned to soap eating as a comforting coping mechanism when she found herself away from her family.  IANS

World’s youngest grandmother at 23?

LONDON: A 23-year-old woman from Romania has claimed to have become the “world’s youngest grandmother”, a media report said.

Mum-of-two Rifca Stanescu was 12 when she had her first child Maria. She urged her daughter not to follow her example — but Maria gave birth to son Ion while only 11, ‘The Sun’ reported.

Rifca had married jewellery seller Ionel Stanescu when she was 11 and he was 13. They eloped because Rifca feared her father wanted her to marry another village lad in Investi in Romania. She was forgiven when she had her daughter — making her mum, also Maria, a great grandmother at 40.

Son Nicolae was born a year later. The young mum later tried to persuade Maria to stay at school. But Maria left to wed when she was 10 and had her baby six months later, the report said.

Rifca cuddled grandson Ion, now two, and said: “I am happy to be a grandmother but wished more for Maria.”

Britain’s previous youngest grandmother was an unnamed 26-year-old from Yorks. Her daughter, 12, gave birth in 1999.  PTI