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    An attorney for the family of a 2-year-old girl struck by a foul ball during a game last month between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros says the girl suffered a skull fracture. Attorney Richard Mithoff on Wednesday provided the first update by the girl's family on her condition since she was hit during the May 29 game in Houston. Mithoff says the girl had bleeding and swelling in her brain as well as a brain contusion after she was hit. He says she had a seizure after she was hospitalized and is taking medication to prevent more seizures. While several teams have said they'll extend protective netting after various incidents of fans getting hit by foul balls, the Astros say they will continue studying the issue .
  • A 12-year-old Indiana girl nearly lost her leg after contracting a flesh-eating disease, likely while swimming at a Florida beach. >>Read more trending news Kylei Parker and her family took a vacation to Destin, Florida, earlier this month. The trip was going well until Kylei began feeling pain in her left leg, Kylei’s mother, Michelle Brown, told WXIN-TV. By the time the family returned to their Mooresville, Indiana, home, Kylei’s leg had swollen and she was running a fever. Brown called the family doctor, who then directed Brown to take Kylei to the emergency room. “When they told me we needed to go home and pack bags and get to Riley (Hospital for Children in Indianapolis), my anxiety went from 0 to 110,” Brown said. “I knew something was wrong.” Doctors at first thought Kylei had a blood clot. However, they soon discovered she had actually contracted necrotizing fasciitis -- a bacterial infection that can enter the body through open wounds and attacks the skin and tissue, People reported. Kylei had scraped her toes while riding a skateboard just days before swimming in Destin. Now, Brown said she believes the bacteria entered Kylei's body through the scrape on her toes. Kylei had to undergo emergency surgery to save her leg and her life, Brown said. “If it wasn’t for their quick responses and aggressive treatments, we wouldn’t have her … It’s hard for me to think about if I had waited one more day, or even a couple more hours. We’re just very fortunate,” she said. Kylei is now back home after spending a week in the hospital. She still has an IV in her arm for antibiotics. She’ll be taking therapy to help her walk again. 'I've told my mom I just want to be normal again with my leg,' Kylei said. Even with treatment, up to 1 in 3 people who contract necrotizing fasciitis die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends anyone with an open wound or skin infection avoid spending time in pools, hot tubs or natural bodies of water.
  • A California man is accused of getting upset after a woman at a family birthday party rejected him, following her from the party and shooting her 10-month-old daughter in the head, police officials said Sunday.  Marcos Antonio Echartea, 23, is charged with three counts of attempted murder in the shooting of Fayth Percy, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer announced at a news conference. Echartea was booked into the Fresno County Jail.  County court records show Echartea is also charged with three counts of assault with a firearm, three counts of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon. “It should shock the conscience of every person in Fresno to know that we have a 10-month-old baby lying in the hospital fighting for her life,” the chief said, according to ABC30 in Fresno.  Dyer, who was also updating the media on two recent homicide cases within the city, called the shooting of Fayth the “most disturbing” of the three incidents.  “Bullets do not have eyes,” Dyer said. “When these gangsters or violent criminals fire rounds indiscriminately, sometimes those rounds hit unintended targets. And that’s the consequences of firing a round into a vehicle.” The police chief said a 911 call came in at 4:05 a.m. Sunday from a man who said he was rushing a baby who had been shot to a hospital. Fresno police officers met the man along the way and began to render first aid to the infant.  Paramedics took Fayth to the hospital, where she underwent surgery to remove bullet fragments from her head, Dyer said. She was listed in critical, but stable condition. Dyer said investigators learned Fayth was at the party with her 18-year-old mother, Deziree Menagh, when Menagh ran into Echartea, whom she had met just once about a week before the party. Menagh was inside the home, which was near her own house.  “While (Echartea) was inside the residence with her, he attempted to grab her hand. She pulled away,” Dyer said.  >> Read more trending news Menagh went outside and told family and friends what happened. Echartea soon followed her outside. While out on the porch, he tried to force Menagh to sit on his lap, the chief said.  Menagh again pulled away and went inside to get her daughter so they could leave the party. She and Fayth got into a car belonging to a male friend, who drove away. The driver made a U-turn and was parking at an intersection several houses down from the party when he and Menagh noticed Echartea walking quickly toward them, Dyer said.  “At some point when he got close, he pulled out a handgun and fired three rounds into the driver’s side window, which was up,” Dyer said. “One of those rounds struck baby Fayth on the side of the head as she was being held by her mother.” Watch the Fresno Police Department’s news conference on the shooting below. Dyer said the glass of the window slowed down the bullet’s velocity, allowing Fayth to survive the initial impact of the shooting.  “Had the window been down, we may be talking about the murder of a 10-month-old child in our city today,” he said.  Dyer said it was unclear Sunday why Menagh and her friend had parked near the scene of the party but reiterated that Menagh lived nearby. He said she and her friend may have parked to wait for Echartea to leave the area so she could safely go home.  Detectives who went to the house where the party took place found Echartea there and took him into custody.  “When our detectives brought him downtown, he had no remorse,” Dyer said, according to ABC30. “He had just shot a 10-month-old baby and didn’t even seem to care, or it didn't faze him.” Dyer said Echartea was also wanted in connection with a shooting that took place May 27 less than five miles from the scene of Sunday’s shooting. In that incident, Echartea is accused of firing several shots into a home.  That shooting was also over a woman, the chief said.  “The residence is occupied by Echartea’s ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend,” Dyer said.  One of the bullets fired that night penetrated the wall of the home and nearly struck a 1-year-old infant.  “That bullet landed approximately one foot from where the baby was,” the chief said.  Echartea is charged in that case with assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling, discharging a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and shooting at another person from a moving vehicle, according to Fresno County court records.  “(It is) very apparent that Marcos Echartea has no regard for human life, even a baby,” the chief said. “We have every reason to believe that Marcos Echartea knew that baby Fayth was in that vehicle when he fired three rounds into that vehicle earlier this morning.”  Dyer said police officials and investigators are praying that Fayth not only survives her injuries but also makes a full recovery. He said he spent time at the hospital with Menagh and the baby’s father, Bennie Percy, 27, before the news conference.  “I know the parents are broken. They’re hurting,” Dyer said. “We held hands at the hospital and prayed over the baby. We’re asking that everyone in this community come together and pray for baby Fayth for a complete recovery.”
  • Two German tourists visiting family in nearby Portland, Oregon, were run over and killed by a local man as they sunbathed by a swimming hole, police in Washington state said Wednesday. Police arrested David E. Croswell, 71, of Washougal, Washington, and held him on suspicion of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of intoxicants and hit-and-run driving that causes death. Killed were Rudolf Hohstadt, 61, and Regina Hohstadt, 62, of Germany. The pair had arrived in the United States a few days ago to visit the Portland metropolitan area and took a trip to the Washougal River, police said. The river in southwest Washington is about a 30-minute drive from Portland. It wasn't immediately clear where in Germany the Hohstadts were from. A note on the gate at Croswell's home Wednesday said the family would not comment and asked reporters to leave the property. Authorities say Croswell told them he had been drinking at a local restaurant Tuesday before the crash. Court documents show a preliminary breath test taken nearly four hours after crash found he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.085. In Washington, a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or greater is considered evidence of drunken driving. He made a first court appearance Wednesday morning, where bail was set at $500,000. He will be arraigned July 10. The Columbian newspaper reports that Croswell's court-appointed attorney, Shon Bogar, said Croswell is a lifelong Washougal resident. Bogar said his client has medical problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Bogar asked the judge to set a more reasonable bail amount. In a statement, police said Croswell didn't stop or slow down after crashing through the fence. He tore down a steep embankment to the sunbathing area, turned hard to the left, ran over the victims and then circled up a berm, knocked over a sign and left through the other side of the parking lot. He was arrested several miles away, police said. Authorities do not believe Croswell and the victims knew each other or had any interaction before the crash. The incident shocked the small riverside town that has been growing rapidly in recent years as it gains popularity as a far-flung and more affordable bedroom community for Portland and Vancouver, Washington. Residents stopped by Wednesday to leave flowers. A chain link fence edging a small parking lot was ripped out of the ground where a car had crashed through. Neon orange spray-paint in the grass marked the car's trajectory from the parking lot, which sits on a hill overlooking the river, to the grassy park and sandy beach below. Triangles in the same orange paint indicated where the Hohstadts had been sunbathing when they were struck. Dark circles of dried blood appeared in the grass inside the triangles. Resident Carrie Cox said the deaths upset her so much that she took a day off work. Her 14-year-old son, who is on summer break from school, comes to the swimming hole frequently, she said. 'It's very popular. Usually the road on a hot day is lined all the way back, both sides, this whole parking lot and all the way to the intersection,' she said. 'This is a very small community so you don't hear of things like this. My God, it's terrible.' ___ Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gflaccus
  • A New Mexico couple faces several allegations of abuse against some of their 15 kids, including including beating a child with a kitchen tool and boiling puppies alive while children watched. >> Read more trending news  Martha Crouch, 53, and Timothy Crouch, 57, of Farmington, were arrested Monday, San Juan County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jayme Harcrow said. The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department began investigating the couple when someone reported that their children weren’t getting an education, KOB-TV reported. Some of the couple’s eight sons and seven daughters told authorities of the alleged abuse they suffered, which is detailed in an arrest warrant affidavit, The Farmington Daily Times reported. The couple’s 17-year-old daughter told authorities that in May, she told Martha Crouch she was upset that she and her siblings weren’t getting an education, and threatened to call social services. Martha Crouch then beat her with a kitchen tool, the daughter said. In another instance, the daughter said Martha Crouch took puppies from the family dog and boiled them in a pot of water while some of the children watched. Another daughter said the parents kept her on a chain for three years to make her lose weight, KQRE-TV reported. The 17-year-old daughter said Martha Crouch and four young children hid at a neighbor’s house when CYFD visited the family home May 22. She said the family often moved to avoid investigations from social services. Social service agencies in Alaska, Kansas, Missouri and Montana have investigated the couple regarding abuse allegations, The Daily Times reported. The couple’s 31-year-old son, also named Timothy Crouch, told KOB-TV the allegations against his parents aren’t true. “My family are wonderful people,” he said. “My mom and dad are some of the best people you'll meet.” Martha Crouch faces a third-degree felony count of child abuse, a fourth-degree felony count of extreme cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor count of obstruction of investigation of child abuse or neglect, according to court records. Timothy Crouch is accused of a misdemeanor count of obstruction of investigation of child abuse or neglect, according to court records. Both suspects are being held without bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center. The four young children are now in the custody of CYFD, Harcrow said.
  • When is Amazon's Prime Day Sale 2019?Amazon has announced that its popular Prime Day will start on Monday, July 15, at 3 p.m. EST, and continue through Tuesday, July 16. >> Read more trending news Prime Day is an annual sales event for Amazon, the world’s third largest retailer, that offers more than one million deals worldwide. Prime Day has regularly been the busiest day of sales for the online retailer, surpassing even Black Friday sales totals. Here’s what we know now about Prime Day 2019: When does it start? The sale starts at 3 p.m. ET July 15 and continues through July 16.  How do I shop the sale? The sale is aimed at Amazon’s Prime members. Prime membership is $12.99 a month. With the membership comes Prime Video benefits and free two-day shipping on many items. If you don’t want to become a member and pay monthly fees for the extra benefits, but you want to participate in the sale, Amazon offers a 30-day free trial membership. What’s so special about the sale? What can you get? Deals on Prime Day often include deep cuts on electronics, home goods, laptops and phones. What are some big deals this year? Amazon hasn’t released its list of deals yet, but if you just can’t wait until July 15, here are a few deals available for pre-order: Chefman TurboFry airfryer for $79.99  Kygo Life A9/600 over-ear Bluetooth headphones for $229.00  Funko Pop! Animation: Spongebob Squarepants - Spongebob & Plankton with fun song Letters for $11.99  Proscenic M7 robot vacuum cleaner for $459.99  Journey Girls 18' doll - Kyla for $34.99  Funko Pop! Deluxe: Star Wars - Millennium Falcon with Han Solo for $64.99  Toshiba 43LF421U19 43-inch 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV for $179.99 In the run-up to Prime Day, Amazon will post previews of deals to come. You can monitor the ones you like and be notified when they go live so you never miss a deal. Is Amazon the only one doing a summer sale? No, other retailers are joining in the July sales fun. Target has announced it’s summer sale for the same days. Here’s the information they tweeted: Walmart has also run a special summer sale – usually on the same days as Amazon’s Prime sale – for the past few years. Currently, Walmart is running a sale that includes Apple Watches for $199, and a TCL 32-inch Roku TV for $118. Check back here for more information on summer deals from Amazon, Walmart, Target and other retailers.
  • A South Florida police sergeant was accidentally shot Wednesday during a training exercise that was not supposed to include ammunition, the Miami Herald reported. >> Read more trending news  The officer, who was not named but was confirmed as a member of the Doral Police Department, was participating in a firearms exercise when he was shot in the upper torso, the newspaper reported. Rescue crews responded to the Miami Dade Public Safety Training Institute shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, WSVN reported. The officer was airlifted to an area hospital and was in stable condition, the television station reported. It was not clear how the accident occurred or who shot the veteran street patrol sergeant, the Herald reported. 'We have more questions than you do,” Doral police spokesman Ray Valdez told the newspaper. The facility contains a small, enclosed fake town with street and store names that police use during practice for live situations, according to the Herald.
  • President Donald Trump slammed U.S. women's soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe on Wednesday morning after she said in an interview that she wouldn't go to the White House if the team won the Women's World Cup and got an invitation to visit. >> Read more trending news  'I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women's Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS!' Trump wrote. Rapinoe said in an interview with soccer magazine Eight by Eight that she's 'not going to the (expletive) White House.' 'No. I'm not going to the White House,' she said. 'We're not going to be invited. I doubt it.' The magazine posted a clip including the snippet to social media Tuesday. >> See the clip (Note: The clip contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.) In a series of statements posted Wednesday morning on Twitter, Trump said Rapinoe should 'be proud of the Flag that you wear.' 'We haven't yet … invited Megan or the team, but I am not inviting the TEAM, win or lose,' Trump wrote. 'Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team.' Rapinoe, who came out as gay in 2012, has long been critical of the Trump administration, according to The Washington Post. She was one of the few white athletes to join Colin Kaepernick's protest against police violence in 2016 by kneeling during the national anthem while playing for the Seattle Reign, the Post and The New York Times reported. After her protest, U.S. Soccer rewrote its rules for player conduct during the national anthem, according to the Times. Since then, Rapinoe has stood silently for the national anthem alongside her teammates. She told Yahoo! Sports last month that she is 'a walking protest when it comes to the Trump administration,' because of 'everything (I) stand for.' 'I feel like it's kind of defiance in and of itself to just be who I am and wear the jersey, and represent it,' she said. 'Because I'm as talented as I am, I get to be here. ... So it's kind of a good 'F you' to any sort of inequality or bad sentiments that the (Trump) administration might have towards people who don't look exactly like him.' The U.S. women's soccer team is set to face off against France on Friday for the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup.
  • If you're a fan of 'The Office,' you only have a limited amount of time left to catch it on Netflix. NBCUniversal announced Tuesday that it is pulling the popular mockumentary sitcom from Netflix when its deal ends in January 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter. >> Read more trending news  'We're sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform — but members can binge watch the show to their hearts' content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021,' the streaming company said in a tweet Tuesday. ''The Office' has become a staple of pop culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before,” Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal’s direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, said in a statement to USA Today. “We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service.” 'The Office' originally ran on NBC for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013 and made Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson and Ed Helms household names. It was developed for American audiences and based on Ricky Gervais' British sitcom of the same name. Netflix won't be totally without a Carell TV show, however. Carell starring in the new workplace comedy series, 'Space Force,' which he co-created with 'The Office' producer Greg Daniels. 'Space Force' will be about people who are tasked with creating a new government military branch. 
  • Three frightened German shepherds wandering along a Detroit freeway early Wednesday were rescued by state troopers and returned to their owners, MLive reported. >> Read more trending news  Michigan State Police received a call Wednesday reporting three dogs walking along the Lodge Freeway, the Detroit News reported. Four troopers responded, and with the help of a nearby citizen, they were able to round up the dogs and put them into their patrol cars, the newspaper reported. The dogs were kept overnight at the Metro South Post offices, while police posted on social media in an attempt to find the dogs' owners, MLive reported. Lt. Mike Shaw, of the Michigan State Police, said the dogs were returned to their owners Wednesday afternoon, according to the Detroit News. In a tweet, state police officials advised residents, 'Keep an eye on your pets, as these stories usually don’t have a happy ending.