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