A recording of crying immigrant children who reportedly were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border circulated online Monday, sparking outrage among critics of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.
The eight-minute audio clip, first published Monday by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news site, was recorded at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection center last week, the outlet reported. Children can be heard calling for "Mami" and "Papa" as one girl asks to call her aunt. One man, identified by ProPublica as a Border Patrol agent, can be heard saying of the sobs: "Well, we have an orchestra here. What's missing is a conductor."
According to ProPublica, the person who secretly recorded the audio gave it to civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury, who then passed it along to the news site.
According to The Associated Press, the "zero tolerance" policy, which started last month, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally," leading to more adults in jail, separated from their children.
At a White House press briefing Monday afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not heard the recording, which one reporter played on speaker phone during the briefing. She said the children are treated humanely and given meals, education and medical care.
Nielsen said recordings and photos from the border facilities that have circulated online "reflect the focus of those who post such pictures and narratives."
An Attleboro, Massachusetts, couple recently realized the ladder designed to keep their 2-year-old boy from accidentally drowning in the swimming pool didn’t work.
Keith and Tonya Wyman share the fear any parent would experience after what could have been a tragic accident.
“If I turned my back for a minute, he would have been right in,” Tonya said.
Their son, Cody, was easily able to scale the locked ladder, which the Wymans believe is an essential flaw in the design of the ladder. Kids at that age can climb and the slats that are in the door should be more solid, they said.
The Wymans wanted to spread the word so other parents can take caution before trusting safety ladders.
“We grabbed him right there. He was no more than four feet away from us at that time. So I said to my wife, Tonya, we need to do this again and video it,” Keith said. “People need to be aware of this.”
Keith thought that the video he posted to Facebook would serve as a local warning to pool owners lulled into thinking safety ladders are equipped with complete protection.
But the clip of Cody scaling the locked ladder has gotten international attention, racking up more than 14 million views. It has been shared 465,000 times.
Both parents say there is no substitute for keeping an eye on kids, but the fact that Cody was able to climb so quickly proves even little distractions can lead to major accidents.
"You get a message. You turn your head for a second. And you're too involved in reading that. In the meantime he could be in the pool," Keith said.
The Wymans let the swimming pool store know about the faulty ladder and the store offered to give them any other ladder in exchange. But all of the ladders had essentially the same design, the Wymans found.
The couple will be talking to the manufacturer Monday, hoping they can initiate a design change.
Happy Father's Day!
Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom.
Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below:
1. "I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps. But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it." – @DaddingAround
2. "Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged." – @NPR
3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns
4. "Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere." – @MatBest11x
5. "Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted." – @Fawcett_Matt
6. "If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?" – @First_Jimothy
7. "I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime." – @HouseofBoodles
8. "How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints!!!!" – @ProducerEddie
9. "That cow is amazing. ... She's outstanding in her field." – @GuyMcPerson309
10. "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." – @Johnsense38
An adorable video of a bear jumping with a 5-year-old boy at Tennessee's Nashville Zoo is going viral.
According to WZTV, Patrick Parker recently took his son, Ian, to the zoo, where they saw an Andean bear named Luka. Ian jumped happily when he saw Luka, who copied Ian's moves from the other side of a glass divider.
The video, which Parker shared on Facebook, has been viewed more than 250,000 times.
The hospital wrote on Facebook: "We know everyone was honoring the brave men and women that have served and sacrificed for our country on Memorial Day with cookouts and spending time with family. Even our newborns were celebrating 'cookout style' over the weekend!"
A family trip to Georgia's Lake Burton over the weekend turned terrifying for a Fulton County family after a copperhead snake bit their 6-year-old son, Ford.
The boy was throwing rocks near the water and some bushes when, he said, he got too close to a hidden 2-foot-long snake.
"I didn't know it, but the snake was inside the bush, and the snake popped out, and it bit me on the pinkie," Ford O'Neill told WSB-TV.
For Ford's parents, the mission was clear when he was bit.
"I grabbed him, scooped him up, ran to the house and called 911," said Ford's father.
Ford's parents said he never panicked because snakes are his favorite reptile.
"We asked him. We said, 'What do we do Ford?' He said, 'I gotta keep my hand below my heart. I have to slow my heart rate.' He knew all the steps," said Ford's father.
At Lake Burton, paramedics loaded Ford into a helicopter. When he arrived at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, he needed nine bags of anti-venom because the swelling kept increasing, his parents said.
His family said he fought hard to get through the pain until he improved enough for doctors to release him Tuesday.
"He's a soldier. I mean, he didn't shed a tear until they took the IV out. The whole time, he's been -- God was with him for sure," said Ford's father.
The child is recovering, waiting for the time when he can play with his friends again. Ford told WSB-TV that he feels good and has no plans to be within reach of any more snakes.
Dr. Scott Batchelor, with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, said copperhead bites are the most common, and the mistakes parents sometimes make when their child gets bitten can make things worse.
"Do not put a tourniquet around the wound. Do not cut into the wound with any kind wound, with any kind of blade," said Batchelor.
A Lowell, Massachusetts, man had a special delivery to deal with on the highway: his own baby.
Samuel Beyene's wife Rahel Estifanos called him at work Wednesday morning, saying she was having contractions.
"We start driving, and all of a sudden, she says, 'Oh my God, something is pushing. Something is coming out,'" Beyene said. "I say, 'OK, we’re almost there. We have 10 minutes to go.' She says, 'No, no, no, Sammy, you don’t know there's something coming out.' And I look down and I see the head."
Before they could make it to the hospital, Beyene pulled over on the side of Route 93.
Wilmington police dispatchers told Beyene on the phone that they were on their way, but their new baby, Lidya, was impatient.
"Slowly but surely, I pull the baby up," Beyene said. "All of a sudden, the baby is in my hand."
The mother and baby are happy and healthy, resting at Winchester Hospital.
Now that the stress is over, Beyene can joke about the situation.
"We're gonna give her a little nickname, 93, at the bottom," Beyene said. "Lidya 93, since she was on the highway."
A video and message posted by a Green County, Oklahoma, mom is spreading quickly on social media.
Christy Rowden posted the video Monday afternoon after a heartwarming moment at a park.
Rowden said she was at the park with her two children that afternoon when a bus of students from Oologah Upper Elementary pulled up and started playing on the basketball court.
Rowden’s 7-year-old son was adopted from Uganda. Rowden said he can be shy and, as a result, stood back as the older boys played basketball.
Soon after, the fifth-grade boys reportedly came up to her son, Asher, introduced themselves and invited him to play.
The boys quickly welcomed him into their game, cheering him on and giving high-fives.
Rowden said the moment brought a tear to her eye, especially since she is the mom of a black boy in a mostly white community.
Rowden shared the post to remind people that there is still good in the world and to thank the children who were so kind to her son.
The late Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, announced Tuesday that she's expecting another child.
"Many of you have had speculated that I may be expecting another miracle which is very accurate," Jenkins wrote in her Instagram post. "We are beyond excited about the new addition and chapter we will soon begin."
Jenkins revealed she'd be having another daughter, saying she "couldn’t be a luckier woman to have such a perfect little girl that’s prepared to become the best big sister, and even more blessed to welcome another baby girl to our home."
The pregnancy comes just over a year after Hernandez's death, when he hanged himself in prison on April 19, 2017.
Hernandez's suicide note to Jenkins featured him calling her his "soul-mate" and saying she would be "rich" after his death.
When twin sisters Morgan and Regan McVey graduate Thursday from Talawanda High School in Oxford, Ohio, it will actually be their second commencement ceremony.
Earlier this year, the school provided a special moment for the seniors and their mother, who was diagnosed with cancer last fall.
As the school year moved into its second semester, it was evident their mother, Carey McVey, would not live to see the graduation ceremony.
“Mr. (Tom) York and others arranged to give us a mini graduation ceremony,” Regan said of the school’s principal. “We had our caps and gowns and got our actual diplomas. Mom got to see them.”
“That was one thing she wanted to see,” Morgan added.
Their mother died in February. She was 43 years old, according to her obituary.
The diplomas were on a table at their home until last week when they were returned to the school so the seniors could receive them again at Thursday’s ceremony.
The gesture, the twins said, reinforced their decision to attend the Oxford school.
The McVey twins were unknown to their classmates when they started at Talawanda High School four years ago after finishing the eighth grade at Queen of Peace School.
“We had to make new friends here. We did not know anyone,” Morgan McVey said.
The high school choice took some discussion between the sisters.
“Regan wanted to go to Talawanda. I wanted to go to Badin,” Morgan said.
Now, they both said they are happy with their decision.
“The school really supported us through it all,” Morgan said, referring to her mother’s cancer diagnosis and her death.
While the family tragedy will forever be linked to their senior year of high school, they said they did not let it affect their personalities or interactions with others, although classmates were often surprised by that.
“We are always happy. We joke around a lot. We talk a lot. People forget. Then they say, ‘Your mother… .’ It’s definitely been an experience,” Regan said.
Both young women have been cheerleaders all four years of high school and both have been involved in dance all four years, with Regan on homecoming court her junior year and prom court this spring.
Both, also found satisfaction in passing on their own love of dance by teaching it to younger children at area dance studios.
The fact they are twins earned them a memorable experience outside of school, too.
As their senior year dawned, they appeared in a television commercial promoting the Big Ten conference. The theme of the promo was twins and they auditioned last spring in Chicago, which led to a two-day video shoot, also in Chicago.
The commercial appeared on the Big Ten Network and ESPN as well as other television channels. For Morgan, it was a strange feeling the first time she saw it aired.
“I did not know it was out. I was in bed with my television on and saw my face. It just popped up,” she said.
They said they are thinking about using it as a stepping stone to doing some modeling, but they know that profession is a difficult one to get into and then only lasts a certain time. They are planning a careful route of going to college to train for teaching professions and then see what happens.
Regan McVey is looking at early childhood education while Morgan is opting for a degree in integrated language arts for grades 7-12. They plan to attend Miami University Hamilton in the fall to start their college careers.
Morgan said no one in their family teaches, but she hopes to emulate some of the good teachers she has had at Talawanda.
Regan opts for younger students after her work with young dancers.
“I like little kids. I think it’s interesting to teach them when they are young,” she said.
The sisters are among 21 members of the graduating class recognized with the President’s Award for Educational Achievement.
The twins agree high school at Talawanda has been a great experience. Their mother and their father, Shane, were both Talawanda High School graduates.
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