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A Department of Children and Families worker ended up leaving with the wrong child after going to pick up the child from a Massachusetts KinderCare.
KinderCare in West Bridgewater said it received notices on Friday about two children who shared the same name, with one getting picked up by a DCF worker and the other by a family friend.
However, when the DCF worker arrived, there was a misunderstanding that led the worker to leave with the wrong child.
KinderCare said it was grateful the child was OK, and that the child was in the care of a certified state child care worker during the duration, believed to be about an hour.
“How does this even happen?" Tiffany McCullough, the child's mother, said. "I lost my mind. I was like, 'Where is my child?' Like, are you kidding me?"
McCullough says a family friend arrived at the day care last Friday afternoon to pick up her 5-year-old daughter, Aria, only to find out Aria had already left with the DCF worker.
“I’m getting a call saying, 'Don’t freak out, but your daughter was mistaken for another Aria,'" McCullough said.
Although KinderCare said McCullough's daughter was returned within the hour, the child's grandmother, Lana Leonard, said the damage had already been done.
"I said, 'What did you do?' [Aria] said, 'They took me and gave me toys to play with,'" Leonard said. "I said, 'Were you scared? You didn’t know this lady.' She said, 'Yeah, Nana. I was very scared.'"
Leonard said the whole situation was "unacceptable" and was left looking for answers.
"There's no excuse," Leonard said. "There's no excuse at all."
KinderCare said it is taking the matter seriously, and is working with the DCF to prevent any further misunderstandings in the future.
“I don’t want to see another kid go through what she had to go through," McCullough said.
The Department of Children and Families said it "received a report and is investigating."
KinderCare's full statement can be read below:
"On Friday our center received notice that two children, who have the same first name, would each be picked up by a new person that day. One child was supposed to go with a DCF worker and the other was to go with a family friend. When the DCF worker arrived, there was a misunderstanding about which of the two children the worker was there for and the worker ended up taking the wrong child. As soon as our staff realized this mistake, they immediately called the DCF office and the child’s mother. The DCF worker returned the child to the center within the hour.
"While we’re thankful that the child was safe, and in the care of someone who is certified to care for children, we take this situation seriously. We reported this incident to DCF and to licensing on Friday. We’re working with DCF to see what we can do to prevent any further misunderstandings."
An Indiana high school football player is facing murder and feticide charges after police say he killed a pregnant classmate.
According to WNDU, authorities said Aaron Trejo, 16, of Mishawaka, confessed to fatally stabbing 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang, a cheerleader, softball player and football team manager at Mishawaka High School. Police found her body in a dumpster near her home early Sunday.
Trejo is being charged as an adult in the slaying, officials said.
Rouhselang's mother said her daughter, who was six months pregnant with Trejo's child, never returned home after going to meet with Trejo about 11 p.m. Saturday, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Trejo initially told police that Rouhselang never showed up to meet him but later confessed to stabbing her in the heart, covering her with a plastic bag and hiding her body in the dumpster, court documents said. He then threw his knife and her phone into the St. Joseph River, police said.
According to WNDU, Trejo said Rouhselang "waited too long to tell Aaron about the pregnancy to get an abortion," St. Joseph County Metro Detective Gery Mullins wrote in the arrest affidavit.
"I took action. ... I took her life," Trejo said, according to the affidavit.
Trejo told Mullins that "he had been planning and thinking about killing Breana and the baby for about a week and had not told anybody," the affidavit said.
An autopsy found that Rouhselang "died from multiple stab wounds" and also had experienced strangulation from a scarf tied tightly around her neck, the affidavit said.
The men, identified as 33-year-old Michael Wigfall and 36-year-old Robert Collier, were lying on the ground in the DeKalb County home when police arrived about 1 a.m., according to an incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The men, who are cousins, leave behind a total of six young children, according to a GoFundMe page set up by the family to raise money for funeral costs.
Collier’s sister told WSB-TV that the victims loved their kids and that the family is tight.
“This has broken us totally apart,” Rebecca Mahoney said through tears. “They senselessly just took his life.”
The family was told by police that the men were killed execution-style, Mahoney told the news station.
“He was the most loving person, compassionate,” Mahoney said of her brother. “He would do anything for you.”
She said her cousin Wigfall’s 34th birthday would have been Thursday.
According to the police report, one of the men was found lying by the front door of the home in the 4400 block of Old Lake Drive in unincorporated DeKalb. The other was near a sliding glass door.
The front door appeared to have been forced open, police said.
No suspected shooter was found at the scene.
A neighbor told police he noticed the door to the house was open when he got home. He saw two people show up in a red SUV; one person went into the house and “quickly came out,” before driving away, according to the report.
He then saw “a foot hanging in the doorway” and called police.
Another neighbor said she heard gunshots outside her home across the street.
A South Carolina mother is devastated after her four young children were killed in a weekend crash.
According to the Greenville News and The Associated Press, Amez Yaron Jamison Jr., 4; Robbiana Evans, 6; and Jamire Halley, 8, died early Friday after the van they were riding in crashed on state Highway 253 in Taylors, authorities said. Their brother, Ar'mani Jamison, 2, died Sunday evening at a nearby hospital.
The children's mother, Jacqueline Brown of Travelers Rest, told the Greenville News that she’s “incomplete now without them.”
“They were my everything – my heart, my blood, my breath, my motivation,” she said Monday. “They helped me get through everything I needed to get through.”
Brown said the van's driver, Arnez Yaron Jamison, 27, of Greenville, is her boyfriend and the father of two of the children. He is facing four counts of felony DUI resulting in death, among other charges, WSPA reported. He also suffered a broken leg in the crash, according to the Greenville News.
The elder Jamison is taking the loss "just as hard as I am," Brown said.
As Brown plans the children's funerals – one set for Saturday in Greenville and another next week in New Jersey – friends and co-workers are raising money for her with a GoFundMe campaign. By early Tuesday, supporters had donated more than $42,000.
“I’ve just got to move forward, be strong,” Brown told the Greenville News. “I’ve been through a lot. It’s going to take a lifetime to heal, but I’m going to make it. I still have to do it for them.”
The 5-year-old girl, identified as Adrianna Mejia-Rivera, died at the scene.
"It's very sad, it’s very sad because it’s a kid," Carlos Valencia, a family friend of Mejia-Rivera, said.
A 2-month-old was taken to the hospital where she remains in the intensive care unit. A third child and two adults were hospitalized with less serious injuries, as well as a 30-year-old passenger in Harris' car.
Mejia-Rivera's uncle visited the site where she died, and said that close family was still at Massachusetts General Hospital with the baby in the ICU.
Outside of Chelsea District Court Monday, the mother of the woman behind the wheel of the SUV said she called her shortly after she was arrested.
"I feel so bad for those kids," said Harris' mother, Maureen Harris. “She said, ‘I don’t know. All of a sudden, it just happened.’”
Officials say Autumn Harris allegedly stated she had consumed one beer earlier in the afternoon, had taken prescription and over-the-counter medication to help her sleep the night before and that she had only slept for two hours before working all day Sunday. Autumn Harris allegedly said she had vaped CBD oil in the vehicle and may have nodded off at the wheel.
“She’s had a deteriorating spine and a lot of issues with it," Maureen Harris said.
Autumn Harris was unable to take a breath test, according to the DA. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a blood sample and her cell phone to help them figure out if she was impaired or distracted.
Maureen Harris said her daughter's heart is broken and she is "obviously in shame."
She is due back in court on Jan. 10.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the funeral arrangements for Mejia-Rivera. The page can be found by clicking here.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Dolly Parton’s younger brother and songwriting partner, Floyd Parton, has died at the age of 61.
He passed away last Thursday, according to an obituary from Atchley Funeral home.
Floyd Parton was described in the obituary as “a man of many talents and areas of knowledge.”
“He was an avid outdoorsman and had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook,” the funeral home said.
“Floyd was a talented songwriter and composer. Two of his most famous songs were ‘Rockin’ Years,’ recorded by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton and ‘Nickels and Dimes,’ recorded by Dolly Parton and later by George Burns.”
Another sister, Stella Parton, posted a photo on Twitter on the day Floyd Parton died.
“I am spending the day with my beautiful brother, Floyd,” she said.
The family is asking for donations to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee, in lieu of flowers.
The Parton family already held a private funeral service.
Kentucky-based CTI Foods LLC is recalling 29,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean frozen sausage links over fears of contamination with extraneous material, especially pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday.
The problems were discovered on Dec. 10 after five consumer complaints about metal pieces found in Jimmy Dean frozen, ready-to-eat sausages.
The recall affects 23.4 ounce pouches of “Jimmy Dean Heat n’ Serve Original Sausage Links Made with Pork & Turkey,” according to the USDA.
The sausage links were produced on Aug. 4, 2018. The USDA said no one has suffered any injuries, but the agency is urging any consumers who may have bought the potentially contaminated links to either return them to the store where they bought them or throw them out.
Anyone with questions can contact the Jimmy Dean customer service line at 855-382-3101.
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