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Pulse shooting trial: Jury selected in Noor Salman case

A jury was selected Monday in the trial of Noor Salman, whose husband fatally shot 49 people and injured dozens in a 2016 massacre at Florida's Pulse Orlando nightclub.

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The case hinges on whether Salman knowingly helped her husband, Omar Mateen, plan the attack. She faces charges of aiding the support of a foreign terrorist organization resulting in death and obstruction of justice.

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An eighth day of jury selection began with the final two potential jurors being chosen.

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys spent more than 30 minutes narrowing the jury pool from 57 people to the 18 people who will serve as jurors and alternates in the case.

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The judge ruled on a motion that federal prosecutors filed Sunday, seeking to admit into evidence 911 calls made from a restroom in the nightclub during the attack.

The judge said he'll allow a 911 call made by someone who died in the shooting to be played, but not a 911 call made by someone who survived the shooting, because he will testify.

"I don't got no problem with you guys," Mateen can be heard saying in the call. "It's nothing personal. They're killing my people. You guys are enough experience, enough slavery as it is."

The judge also ruled that prosecutors may say whatever they wish in their opening statements. Prosecutors said they don't plan to argue that Mateen targeted Pulse Orlando because it was a gay nightclub.

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The judge also granted defense attorneys' request to allow at least one witness to testify using an alias because of privacy concerns.

"That certainly has to speak to the defense's concern about their witnesses who may testify for Noor Salman," WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said.

Salman was wearing a pink blouse in court Monday. Her relatives, who haven't seen her in one year, were also in court and had traveled from California to be there.

"It is good to see Noor," said Susan Adieh, her aunt. "Hopefully, everything will work out and the truth will come out."

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Salman's uncle first told WFTV's Shannon Butler last year in Oakland that his niece is innocent, something he reiterated Monday.

"I know from day one, and that is not going to change – 100 percent, I know," Al Salman said.

Defense attorney Charles Swift said he was pleased with how jury selection ended.

"We are satisfied with the jury that is selected," he said. "In fact, we believe in them. And I am pretty confident at the end of this, they will believe in us, too."

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

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Toddler allegedly assaulted by babysitter 'not expected to survive,' father says

The father of an Ohio girl allegedly shaken by a babysitter spoke Monday in Butler County Area II Court during the arraignment of the woman accused of critically assaulting his 3-year-old daughter.

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>> Detectives: Babysitter admitted to shaking 3-year-old who family says is now 'brain dead'

Lindsay Partin, 35, of the 4000 block of Shank Road, is charged with felonious assault and felony child endangering in connection with the incident that allegedly occurred Thursday at her residence. Partin was babysitting the girl, Hannah Wesche.

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“We just want to stress with this situation it is devastating. She is not expected to survive. Within the next couple of days, we are told it is going to come to an end. We just ask that bond is not set pending new charges,” Jason Wesche said.

Magistrate William Nally set bond at $30,000 cash.

Mom charged after video shows baby crawling alone in street

A New York mother is facing a child endangerment charge after onlookers reportedly found her baby alone, crawling in the street Friday night. The infant's rescue was captured on video, police said.

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According to the Utica Police Department, Ledrika E. Ford, 27, of Utica, was arrested after police learned of the video, which circulated on Facebook.

Ford told officers that "she and a relative were not sure how her 9-month-old child ended up on the street," adding that the baby had been secured in the back seat of a vehicle when they left the Bleecker Street area, police said.

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"A short time later, she looked to the back seat and found that the child was not there," Utica police said.

Police said Ford and the relative found the baby at Pellettieri Avenue and Bleecker Street. The Facebook video appeared to capture the moment; a woman can be heard saying, "That's my baby. Oh, my God."

Police arrested Ford and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child. Oneida County Child Protective Services removed the baby and three other children from her custody, authorities said.

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Austin package explosions: 3 blasts appear connected, claim 2 lives, police say

Three package explosions in Austin in the past two weeks appear similar and related, authorities said Monday, and police are warning residents against taking suspicious packages inside their homes.

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Police: University of New Orleans student threatens classmates, causes campus shutdown

Police have arrested a University of New Orleans student accused of making threats to fellow classmates Sunday evening, which caused a shutdown Monday of the university campus, as well as that of a high school next door.

Nicholas Heard, 20, was taken into custody Monday morning on a charge of terrorizing, New Orleans Police Department officials said. 

Police officials said Heard, who lives in on-campus housing, is accused of making direct threats to fellow students.

“Heard stated that he would shoot several people on campus,” a news release from the department stated

UNO officials responded by canceling all classes Monday. reported that university officials urged employees to stay away from campus. Students who live on campus were also asked to remain in their dorm rooms until the threat was over. 

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A message sent to students, faculty and staff by UNO police officials stated that Heard made “threats of violence” against two other students, reported. No motive was made public. 

UNO’s Twitter account reported just before 11 a.m. that Heard had been caught. reported that the nearby Ben Franklin High School was also closed Monday due to the threat. 

Detectives: Babysitter admitted to shaking 3-year-old who family says is now 'brain dead'

 Update 10:50 a.m. 3/12/2018: A Hanover Township woman allegedly admitted to Butler County sheriff’s detectives that she shook a toddler she was caring for on Thursday, according to court documents.

Lindsay Partin, 35, of the 4000 block of Shank Road, was booked into the county jail on Friday, charged with felony child endangerment and felonious assault.


She is scheduled to appear in court Monday for an arraignment. 

Partin caused serious physical harm to the 3-year-old girl by shaking her, according to the complaint filed by Detective Dan Turner. Family members earlier told WCPO that the girl was “brain dead.”

The charges came from Turner’s investigation and Partin’s admission, according to court documents.

Original report: A woman accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl she was babysitting is in Butler County Jail on charges of felonious assault and endangering children.

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Lindsay Partin, 35, was booked into jail Friday afternoon.

The child, 3-year-old Hannah Wesche, was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Thursday after she had been at Partin’s house, who was babysitting, according to WCPO.

Partin had been a trusted neighbor and had cared for Wesche for several months, her aunt, Megan Latham, told WCPO.

Latham said her niece is essentially “brain dead.”

“I think she fought the best that she could which is all we can ask,” she said. “I think God just has a better plan for her, and I know she is in a better place and she is not suffering.”

Partin is expected to appear in court Monday for an arraignment.

Man accused of dousing toddler, woman in lighter fluid

Police in Lawrence, Massachusetts, arrested a man after he allegedly doused the mother of his child, as well as the 18-month-old boy, in lighter fluid, the Eagle Tribune reports.

William Connatser, 37, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, police say. 

Police Chief Roy Vasque said Connatser was staying at the Essex County Sheriff's Department re-entry program home and was wearing a GPS tracking bracelet. He asked permission to go to a nearby Market Basket, where he bought the lighter fluid, police said.

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At the store, Connatser met the woman and their child at his invitation, police said. He then accused her of cheating on him, grew angry, and then doused their car and the two victims in the lighter fluid, police said.

Connatser told the woman to get in the car and drive out of the parking lot and threatened to set both her and child on fire if she didn't, police said.

As she drove around, the woman began to honk her horn at other drivers, asking for help, which prompted Connatser to punch her multiple times on the head, police said.

Connatser only stopped when a police officer stopped the car and handcuffed him, authorities said.

“I thought the officer did a great job, used great restraint in a bad situation where he could have easily opened fire,” Vasque said. “Obviously, we're glad he was able to come to the woman's and the child's aid.”

The woman sustained serious injuries to her head and face and had blood on her hands, according to the police report. 

She received emergency treatment and was then taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where she and her child were able to wash off the lighter fluid.

A temporary restraining order has been issued against Connatser, according to police.

Connatser is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at Lawrence District Court.

Police: Florida man arrested after worker discovers phone recording in Walmart restroom

A Florida man was arrested Saturday afternoon after a Walmart employee discovered a recording cell phone perched atop a mirror in a restroom near the store's merchandise pickup counter, the Clermont Police Department said.

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"She took the phone to the loss prevention office," Clermont police Officer Erin Razo said. "The loss prevention officer looked into the unlocked phone in an attempt to obtain owner information, and he observed a file containing at least three photos indicative of child pornography."

Investigators said the loss prevention officer discovered photos of a man who returned to the store searching for his lost phone.

Jacob Perritt, 39, of Clermont, who police said had methamphetamine on him, was arrested and taken to police headquarters, where he admitted to detectives that pornographic photos were downloaded onto the phone, Razo said.

Investigators said Perritt has an active warrant out of Michigan for accosting children for immoral purpose.

Perritt was booked into the Lake County Jail on three counts of sexual performance by a child, possession of methamphetamine, prohibition against giving false name or false identification by person arrested or lawfully detained and video voyeurism.

Perritt is jailed without bail, police said.

Family's wolf-dog hybrid kills newborn baby in bassinet

A Virginia family's pet wolf-dog hybrid attacked and killed their newborn baby, authorities say.

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According to WJHL, the 8-day-old baby girl was lying in her bassinet at the family's Lee County home Wednesday morning when the dog attacked her. The parents heard the girl crying, entered the room and saw the dog by the bassinet, deputies said.

The baby had "very serious injuries to the upper body," said Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons. She was treated at multiple hospitals before she died about 4 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The dog was euthanized, Parsons said.

The incident is still under investigation.

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Boyfriend convicted of killing woman's 2-year-old daughter

A Georgia man was sentenced to life in prison for beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter to death, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said. 

William Gaddy grabbed, kicked and hit Addisyn Sanders “with enough force to bruise her entire body,” Fulton District Attorney Lauren Travis said in a statement. 

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On June 16, 2015, Gaddy and his brother, Colby Fields, were watching the girl while her mother, Tiffany Harris, went to work, according to the Fulton District Attorney’s Office

Authorities say the girl was playing video games with Fields before she left his bedroom. A short time later, Fields heard Addisyn yelling “no” and “stop” followed by three loud bangs on a nearby wall. 

Fields then saw his brother carrying the girl’s limp body into a bedroom, where Harris later found her when she returned home from work. Sanders claimed he dropped Addisyn while they were playing. 

Addisyn was taken off life support June 19, 2015. 

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the girl died from severe damage to the brain and skull

“Little Addisyn Sanders had so much life to live, but because she had the unfortunate fate of crossing paths with (Gaddy),” Travis said in court. “She will never have her first day of kindergarten. Her mother, Tiffany Harris, will never be able to tell her another goodnight story or tuck her into bed one last time.” 

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