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Pit bull recovering after alleged beating with baseball bat caught on video

A Middletown, Ohio, man is charged with beating a dog with a bat, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. 

A humane officer was called to Seldon Avenue on Saturday on a report of a dog being beaten with a baseball bat. A neighbor caught the alleged abuse on video and sent it to authorities, said Butler County Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs.

Clayton Sisco, 18, admitted that he was punishing Duece, a pit bull, for defecating in the cage it was confined in, Merbs said. 

There were seven other dogs on the property, all pit bull mixes, that were removed for safe keeping. 

>> Father slaps children in front of police officer, gets arrested, officials say

Merbs said Duece is recovering at the Animal Friends Humane Society, but the dog does not appear to have suffered serious injuries. 

“He (Duece) is very friendly,” Merbs said.

In the video, Sisco hit the dog with a Louisville Slugger wooden bat. The dog is on its side. Duece did get up to try to get away from the abuse after Sisco walked away, Merbs said.

Merbs said it is helpful to have a video to use as evidence. 

“In this day and age, everyone has a phone. It shouldn’t take the place of call-ups. But if you have us coming and it continues, taking a video is really helpful,” he said.

Unfortunately, it is not surprising Merbs said to see this type of abuse. 

“It is kind of becoming more routine around here,” Merbs said. "We are seeing more of it." 

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Sisco was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to companion animals. He was also arrested for outstanding warrants. He is scheduled to will appear in the Middletown Municipal Court on July 19. 

“We love our animals in Butler County,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones. “This dog was obviously submissive and not deserving of the punishment.”

Mosquitoes in Ohio test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes trapped in Ohio are the first in the nation to test positive for the West Nile virus this summer, reports say.

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Test results released last week from the Ohio Department of Health showed mosquitoes found in Harrison Township in Licking County, which is east of Columbus, had the virus.

West Nile virus is typically spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stiffness, rash, or nausea and vomiting. The Ohio Health Department has already scheduled mosquito spraying as part of the department's mosquito control program. 

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About 80 percent of those who are infected with West Nile do not show any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Father slaps children in front of police officer, gets arrested, officials say

Two North Carolina children, ages 5 and 3, wandered away from their home nearby and tried to cross New Hope Road near Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, police said.

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Police said an officer walked the children home Sunday, and that was when the children's father, Tequan King, struck the kids in the head while the officer was still holding their hands.

A man who stopped to help the children trying to cross the street said he saw their father slap both children.

Police quickly arrested the father.

"It makes your heart almost stop, you know?" witness Daniel Byrd said.

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Byrd and his wife were driving when he saw the 5-year-old fearlessly step into traffic.

"He just held up his little hand, you know, but he was so short they couldn't see him trying to stop traffic," Byrd said.

A car came within inches of hitting the child and his sibling, Byrd said.

"I don't think I could have lived with myself if something had to have happened to those children," Byrd said.

The couple stopped and called police, and another passer-by helped the children get out of the street.

Byrd wonders if things could have been much worse.

"If he is assaulting the children in front of the police officer, then it has to run through your mind what they would have went through, if he goes them back home," Byrd said.

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The children's mother was inside bathing another child when the incident happened.

She was not charged.

King is out of jail and has to follow social services’ instructions regarding contact with his children.

Mom says 7-year-old daughter's 'Roblox' character was sexually assaulted in online video game

A North Carolina woman is warning parents nationwide after her daughter witnessed disturbing sexual images on a gaming site for kids.

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Amber Petersen of Raleigh said her 7-year-old was playing a virtual character on the game "Roblox."

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In the game, the character was face-down on a virtual playground after being attacked and sexually assaulted by two male characters.

Petersen said she was shown the attack by her daughter.

Petersen posted a warning about the gaming site on Facebook.

She wrote: “At first, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My sweet and innocent daughter's avatar was being violently gang-raped on a playground by two males."

The post has been shared more than 2,000 times.

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The popular gaming site "Roblox" is rated for kids ages 7 and older.

The gaming site responded, “We have identified how this bad actor created the offending action and are putting additional safeguards in place to reduce the possibility of this happening again in the future."

A spokesperson for the gaming site also said the person behind that virtual attack has been permanently banned from the site.

Watch: Mom cries as deaf baby hears for the first time with implant

One mother was unsure if her deaf infant would ever be able to listen to her voice. But when doctors installed an implant that allowed her baby to hear for the first time, she was moved to tears. 

» READ: Lawsuit says Georgia violating rights of deaf inmates 

A team at Cooks Children’s Ear Nose and Throat hospital in Texas worked with Will and Anna Esler to create an implant for their daughter Ayla. 

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In June, they recorded a video of the little one being fitted for a cochlear implant, an electronic device that takes on the role of the inner part of the ear known as the cochlea. It helps send sound signals to the brain.

When the device is turned on, Ayla, who is sitting in her mother’s lap, smiles and begins to reach for her ear. 

“Yeah, you heard it,” a voice says in the background, and Anna Esler starts to cry.

The recording, which was uploaded to YouTube, went viral, garnering more than 67,000 views within a few days. 

“Every child responds differently when their cochlear implants are activated, and so we didn’t know what kind of reaction she would have,” the mom said in an interview with the hospital. “And even though I knew it would work, there was still some doubt in my mind, so when I saw her responding to sound I was overwhelmed by thankfulness to God and to everyone else who has been a part of this journey.”

According to her parents, the baby girl is adjusting to the new device well, and they are teaching her how to recognize that sounds have meaning. 

“She’s already responding positively — sometimes she turns to sounds [which she had never done before], she dances to music, she’s starting to calm down when we sing to her if she’s upset,” they said. “We really couldn’t be more thankful for the new opportunities our little girl has thanks to everyone in her life.”

>> READ: Teen girl helps blind, deaf man by signing into his hands on Alaska Air flight

WATCH: Police officers get in July 4th spirit with 'cop pool karaoke'

The Fourth of July is days away and many are getting into the patriotic spirit – including a couple of Boston police officers. 

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Officers Kim Tavares and Stephen McNulty of the Boston Police Department can sing! The department posted a video Monday morning of the two singing "God Bless America" while driving through the city. 

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Bride needs help finding grandmother's wedding ring attached to bouquet

A woman is looking for help finding her grandmother's missing wedding ring, which was attached to her wedding bouquet. 

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Karen Olsen said the bouquet may have fallen out of her bag in Pittsburgh when she was walking on Federal Street between her reception at PNC Park to the Springhill Suites about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

Olsen said there were a lot of people walking around on Federal Street after the Luke Bryan concert and is hoping someone picked up the bouquet.

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She described the ring as a "simple gold band" but said it has sentimental value.

If you have any information about the missing ring or bouquet, you can call 724-307-5469. 

Can shaving cream take sting out of sunburn? One mom says yes

A mom from Texas says she has the perfect cure for sunburns. It’s a simple can of shaving cream. 

Cindie Allen-Stewart swears by the lather to take the redness and heat out of the summer sun.

As soon as she, her children or her husband spend too much time in the sun without enough sunscreen, she puts a thick layer of menthol foam shaving cream on the burn, ”Inside Edition” reported.

She posted her treatment, that she credits to her mother-in-law, to Facebook where it has since gone viral.

Then she leaves the cream on the burn for 30 minutes before using lukewarm water to remove. She’ll repeat it a second day if needed.

She told “Inside Edition” that the burn will disappear hours after her hack is used.

But does it really work?

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Dr. Ross Radusky told “Inside Edition” that shaving cream is a good moisturizer. It also contains glycerin to heal the skin and menthol that will cool the burn.

No matter the treatment for the redness and burn itself, Radusky told “Inside Edition” that the best treatment is to not get burned in the first place by wearing sunblock and covering exposed skin. Not only do sunseekers need to watch for burns, they need to keep an eye out for dehydration, chills or mild fever. He also reminds that sunburns can cause skin cancer, ”Inside Edition” reported.

Other doctors agree. 

“The body doesn’t forget what we do to it, and an accumulation of sunburn over a lifetime can promote skin cancer later in life,” Dr. William Huang told Health magazine.

This is just one treatment to take out the sting of a burn. 

Prevention suggested some other home remedies:

  • Cool bath with baking soda to reduce the itch and inflammation. You can also try apple cider, white vinegar or a soothing bath treatment.
  • Moisturize - slather a natural bath oil then a moisturizing cream.
  • Bag of frozen peas, or another cold compress will absorb the heat and reduce swelling.
  • Hydrate. Drink water or eat water-rich foods like watermelon.

Starbucks offering 'buy one, get one free' deal for frappuccinos

Fans of Starbucks frappuccinos will be able to buy one and get a second one free during a promotion the company is offering on June 29.

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The offer is valid beginning at 3 p.m. at participating Starbucks stores across the United States, the company said on its website. Customers must buy a grande or larger frappuccino or espresso drink to receive one of equal or lesser value for free.

Customers who have a registered Starbucks card are already eligible for the promotion. Customers who do not must sign up for a card here. After filling out the information, customers will receive a promotion code to take advantage of the buy one, get one free deal, Starbucks said on its website.

From Elopement to Baby Within a Year! Jordin Sparks and Dana Isaiah's Son DJ Has 'Bonded' the Newlyweds

Jordin Sparks and Dana Isaiah are the first to admit their relationship has been fast-tracked.

“We went from being two individuals to being one to preparing to bring a child into this world,” Isaiah, 26, tells PEOPLE exclusively about becoming parents to son DJ on May 2 just 10 months after he and Sparks eloped. “It was a real whirl.”

Though the newlyweds — who met for the first time last April and wed during an impromptu wedding ceremony in Hawaii three months later — were understandably overwhelmed when they first found out they were expecting a baby, they dived head-first into preparing for parenthood.

RELATED: Meet Jordin Sparks’ Son DJ! Why She Chose Natural Birth and How Her Husband Dana Isaiah Helped

Jordin Sparks, Dana Isaiah and DJ

Watch the full episode of People Features: Jordin Sparks – And Baby Makes Three, streaming now on PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device.

“It’s transformed both of us,” the singer, 28, says about expanding their family. “I feel like as humans we should always be trying to be better and trying to grow. With him, it’s just expedited the process. I already know that Dana’s infinitely better and I’m infinitely better just because DJ’s here.”

Sparks also leaned on her husband when she got emotional during the first few months of pregnancy and in the difficult weeks after giving birth.

RELATED: Jordin Sparks Says ‘It’s Still Really Trippy’ to Be Called ‘Mom’ After the Birth of Her Son

Dana Isaiah, Jordin Sparks and DJ

“I was crying all the time and I was anxious too,” she says about the unexpected wave of emotions that hit her after the couple brought DJ home. “My chest would feel really tight. The thought of taking him out of the house was scary. I wasn’t ready for all those different things.”

With the support of Isaiah, however, the star is now in a “better” place emotionally.

RELATED: Jordin Sparks Welcomes Son Dana Isaiah Jr.: I Am ‘Overwhelmed with Joy’

“For moms, they do carry a lot bigger load, so you can understand,” says Isaiah. “You go through nine, 10 months of carrying him, then he comes and you’re just like I have to leave him when he’s been attached to you the entire time. That can be a lot.”

Dana Isaiah, Jordin Sparks and DJ

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Though date nights have been rare for the newlyweds, Sparks and Isaiah are carving out time for themselves (“He took me to my favorite restaurant,” says the entertainer) but love nesting at home with their baby most.

“We’ve bonded and connected even more,” says Isaiah. “When we go out on date nights we talk more and it’s just brought us together on a different level than before.”

Jordin Sparks and DJ

For more on Jordin Sparks’ first months as a mom and how DJ has strengthened her marriage to Dana Isaiah, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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