Babysitter cuts toddler and covers up the marks with makeup

Erica Smith 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested after she hurt a child while babysitting her.

Police in Michigan, have arrested the woman who allegedly abused the 1-year-old child and then covered her in makeup in an attempt to hide the wounds.

Erica Smith was arrested and charged with third-degree child abuse.

Police were alerted to the abuse by the child's mother Bree Rothman, after Smith babysat her daughters.

Rothman said that she left 1-year-old Amiyah and her twin daughters, Aaliyah and Aliveah, at Smith’s house. The two women were friends for 5 years.

The twin sisters were unharmed.

After picking up her children from Smith, Rothman noticed that Amiyah was covered in makeup.

Smith gave her daughter a bath when she got home and realized that the girl was covered with claw marks and cuts all over her body.

Belding police and child protective services investigated the abuse, and Smith was subsequently arrested.

She was charged with knowingly or willfully causing harm to a child.

If convicted, Smith faces up to two years in prison.

Obese couple loses weight so they can consummate their marriage

Steve and Michelle Beer 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A woman was delighted to learn that she is pregnant after losing weight so that she can consummate her marriage.

Steve and Michelle Beer of Plymouth, England, were overweight and were unable to have sex for one year.

The couple claimed to be too fat to work and spent
3,000 pounds (about $4,700) of government benefits for their wedding.

However, the couple, who weighed a whopping 55 stone (770 pounds) in total, were so large that they could not consummate their marriage.

They decided to embark on a weight loss program for six months so they can make love for the first time. They lost a total of 13 stone (about 182 pounds).

Now, the delighted couple have revealed that 43-year-old Michelle is pregnant, thanks to her weight loss.

Michelle, who weighed over 22 stone (about 314 pounds), lost 5 stone 6 pounds (about 76 pounds) before her wedding.

Michelle is a mother of 7 children and her husband is a father to 6 children. They will now welcome their first child together.

Teenagers caught on video having sex on street 4 in the morning

Wu Xinyi and Yang Hao 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Two college students were arrested after they were seen having sex on a sidewalk close to their university.

18-year-old Wu Xinyi from China, was caught having sex with a man outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Ho Man Tin, where she is a student.

The man was identified as 19-year-old Yang Hao. He is a student at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty on charges of outraging public decency when they appeared at the Kowloon City Court.

However, after watching the video of the act, the woman returned to court and pleaded guilty to the charges. She was released after posting bail.

She will likely be sentenced to probation and community service.

Hao maintained his innocence. He was also released on bail and faces trial. Prosecutors will show the jury the video of the sex acts. They will also bring 5 witnesses who saw the couple engaging in sex.

A security guard at the university said that the couple was asked to stop having sex in public, but they ignored the pleas.

The couple continued having sex despite people walking by. The lovebirds were finishing putting on their clothes when the police arrived.

Police seize 40-year-old frozen meat worth $1.6 million as it was being shipped to restaurants

Meat illustration 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) Police in China, seized a large amount of meat and chicken, some of which were 40 years old.

Customs officials recently began cracking down on meat smuggling and seized about $1.6 million worth of meat products, some of them were up to 40 years old.

Police in Changsha, Hunan, arrested 20 people of a smuggling gang after they attempted to ship an estimated 800 tons of frozen beef, chicken feet and duck neck, to markets including restaurants.

The meat products were smuggled from Hong Kong at the port in northern Vietnam, where they were packed into smaller boxes.

It was then transported to China, and delivered to restaurants and markets around the country.

The General Administration of Customs believes that the meat originated from countries, which were banned from doing business in China.

Some of the meat allegedly came from sick animals, while others had dates stamped on their packages from the 1970s.

The frozen products had already started decomposing by the time they were sent to Changsha. Smugglers simply placed the meat in cold storage to refreeze it before it was sent to its intended location.

3 people injured after plastic bag full of pilfered natural gas explodes

Bag filled with natural gas illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A man, his wife and their granddaughter were injured after a bag of natural gas exploded near their home.

The three were injured after the large plastic bag containing stolen gas exploded in Puyang County, Henan, China.

Li Gutang allegedly pilfered the highly flammable gas from the Zhongyuan oil field. He is not the only one who stole gas.

Villagers were warned that placing gas in huge bags can be dangerous. Villagers reportedly used bags measuring about two meters high and 5.6 meters long to store the pilfered gas.

This bag of gas is enough for the cooking needs of one month.

On the day of the incident, Gutang stored the natural gas in the plastic bag and drove home.

His wife was cooking in the kitchen when the bag suddenly exploded in the courtyard.

Li, his wife and their granddaughter suffered burns.

Li was the most severely injured. All 3 were taken to a nearby hospital.

Police officer caught in another state with 15-year-old girl who was reported missing by her family

Danniel Boone Morgan 
By: Wayne Morin

An Oklahoma police officer was arrested in Nevada, after being caught with a missing teenager.

30-year-old Danniel Boone Morgan picked up the 15-year-old girl in Las Vegas, after she went missing from her home in California.

After the girl went missing, investigators named Morgan as the only suspect in the alleged abduction. They sent out an alert, noting that the officer could be armed.

Police in Las Vegas arrested Morgan, after a brief confrontation in a motel room.

The teenager, who was with Morgan, will be reunited with her family.

The girl knew the disgraced officer from when she lived in Oklahoma. She moved to California to get away from him.

Morgan, who is a Facebook friend with the girl, was placed on administrative leave in Kiowa, Oklahoma.

Couple's $1 million life insurance scam fails after man got scared and refused to jump in front of train

Train illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman and her boyfriend came up with an insurance scam in which the boyfriend would jump in front of a train.

Esther Maree Vella, who works as a school teacher, had a debt of $700,000 on a property she owned in Australia.

She was determined to get rid of it.

Vella, 51, of Strathfield, Sydney, devised a plan in which her partner Peter Siskos, would increase his life insurance policy to $1.7 million, and make her the sole beneficiary.

He would then commit suicide. However, the plan backfired when Siskos, 49, who works as a security guard, became scared and refused to throw himself in front of a train.

Instead, he disappeared from work for a week and a half until it was found. The couple was then arrested on insurance fraud charges.

Several witnesses testified in court that Vella was controlling and she repeatedly blamed Siskos for her financial troubles. She also “wished he was dead.”

The couple was found guilty of the charges by a jury.

Vella was sentenced to six and half years in prison, while Siskos was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Vella and Siskos appealed their convictions and sentences. However, the Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed the appeals.

Mother stabs son with pencil in argument about how to prepare dinner

Gale Higley 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A woman was arrested after stabbing her son during an argument.

The 65-year-old woman of Florida, is accused of stabbing her son in the chest with a pencil while they were arguing how to cook lasagna.

Gale Higley told Port St. Lucie police, that her son came home from a bar intoxicated and began arguing over the way she cooked the meal.

She said that she placed the lasagna in the microwave, but he wanted it in the oven, which led to the argument.

However, the son told police that he was upset when he learned that his mother made a lot of unnecessary purchases at Walmart.

He said that he discussed his mother’s spending habits, which angered her. She grabbed a pencil and stabbed him. Police noticed a small mark on the man’s chest.

Police said that bother mother and son were intoxicated. Higley was arrested and charged with battery.

Man with poor vision mistakenly buys winning lottery tickets after forgetting his eyeglasses at home

Bob Sabo showing off his winnings 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man won a large amount of money thanks to his poor vision, lottery officials in Connecticut said.

Rather than waiting in the customer service line at the Super Stop & Shop in Fairfield, Bob Sabo of Easton, decided to do something he had never done before.

He bought his lottery tickets from a nearby instant ticket vending machine.

It was a spur of the moment decision that paid Sabo off handsomely, with a $30,000 top prize winning ticket.

“I bought the winning ticket by accident. I meant to buy two $20 tickets, but I didn’t have my glasses on,” Sabo told lottery officials with a laugh.

“Instead, I bought a ‘30X Cash’ ticket for $30 by mistake, which left me with $10 to buy another ticket. When I got home and scratched the 30X ticket, I couldn’t believe it. I won $30,000. Winning the way I did was a very freaky thing,” he said.

Super Stop & Shop #653, located at 760 Villa Avenue in Fairfield, will receive a $300 check from the CT Lottery for selling Sabo his $30,000 top prize winning ticket.

Thief spits ham and grabs private parts of store manager after being caught stealing

Ham illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after grabbing the private parts of a store manager, prosecutors in the Ireland said.

Now, 48-year-old Gary Byrne of Belfast, has been sentenced to serve 8 months in jail.

Byrne was caught shoplifting at Tesco, just over 24 hours after being given a suspended prison sentence for an unrelated crime.

He also spit ham in the store and broke a chair. Byrne pleaded guilty to theft, common assault, criminal damage and attempted criminal damage.

According to the police investigation, Byrne was detained by a security guard while trying to leave the Tesco located on Royal Avenue, without paying for a second bottle of vodka.

While waiting for the police to arrive, Byrne took two packets of ham and started eating them before spitting some on the floor.

He then approached the store manager and grabbed his private parts.

Man breaks glass window of store after being charged high price for adult movie

Adult actress illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A man became extremely angry at a store clerk for asking a lot of money to rent an adult movie, police in Michigan said.

Lincoln Park police arrested the 31-year-old unidentified man for breaking the glass window of the store.

The incident unfolded at the Langley’s Liquor located at 1317 Dix Highway. The store employee called police and told officers that the suspect was unhappy about the price of the adult movie.

According to the police investigation, the man entered the store around 12:00 a.m., and asked the price for an adult movie.

When the employee told him that the price was $13.95 the man became angry and started arguing. After a few minutes, the man ran out of the store and hit the glass door, causing it to break.

It cost the store around $1,000 to replace the glass window. The man was arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property.

Hair salon offers customers haircuts from completely nude women for $75

Woman posing for picture illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Police raided a hair salon after learning that it offered customers haircuts from nude women for a higher price, police in Russia said.

The incident unfolded on Thursday in Moscow, after receiving a tip that female hair stylists were in the shop completely naked.

According to the police investigation, for $75 customers enjoyed a haircut given by a nude woman. Neighbors said that the shop was very popular, and lines formed around the block.

Police were called after drunk customers of the hair salon stumbled into a school for special needs children nearby.

The director of the school told investigators that teachers were afraid to allow the children to play outside because there were too many drunk men waiting to get into the salon.

An undercover police officer went into the salon, and he was offered to get a haircut from a nude woman along with illegal drugs for $150.

The owners of the salon slammed the police raid, saying that the hairdressers never had sex with customers.

11 people rushed to hospital after inhaling bad smell from stinky refrigerator

Refrigerator illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Eleven people were taken to a hospital after falling ill from a stinky refrigerator, police in Kentucky said.

Lexington police said that movers accidentally left the refrigerator at the University of Kentucky, instead of taking it away with the trash.

The incident unfolded on Wednesday, after the eleven people were exposed to chemicals in the Dimock Animal Pathology building.

University officials said the refrigerator came from the Gluck Equine Research Center. At first, the victims complained of minor irritation to the skin and eyes and a little nausea.

Later, the victims became very ill and were taken to a nearby hospital. Firefighters evacuated the building and kept people away from the area as a precaution.

The smell was believed to have been caused by a chemical residue left by something that had been inside the refrigerator. The building was decontaminated before being reopened on Wednesday afternoon.

Drunk man kills himself in front of family by holding exploding firecracker on his face

Scott Jeffers 
By: Feng Qian

A man died as his family watched by holding an exploding firecracker on his face, police in Michigan said.

47-year-old Scott Jeffers of Walled Lake, died from trauma to the head on Sunday night.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene, found Jeffers unresponsive and suffering from serious head trauma caused by a firecracker.

Jeffers was pronounced dead at the scene and alcohol was a factor.

According to the police investigation, Jeffers tried to perform a stunt for YouTube, and he thought that the firecracker was unlit.

Police said that the firecracker was bought in the state legally. Family members told investigators that Jeffers was preparing to host a party.

4 teens burn love rival alive for stealing boyfriend

Boitumelo Dlamini 
By: Chan Yuan

Four teens were arrested on charges of murder after allegedly burning an 18-year-old woman alive for stealing a boyfriend, police in South Africa said.

Brits police said that the burned body of Boitumelo Dlamini, was found in a field on Thursday.

Police arrested her boyfriend's former girlfriend and three of her friends in connection with the murder. They face charges of murder and kidnapping.

According to the police investigation, Dlamini became romantically involved with 24-year-old Tokelo Makalepho six months ago.

On Thursday, the four teens lured Dlamini into a car and she was driven to a field, where she was doused with gasoline and set on fire.

The victim's sister told investigators that the former girlfriend of Makalepho, was jealous and wanted to destroy the relationship.

She constantly intimidated and threatened the victim. She only allowed her former boyfriend to date ugly women who have children.

Makalepho and his former girlfriend have a 19-month-old daughter.

Mother gives birth while being stranded in forest for 3 days after trying to take shortcut to her parents’ home

Amber Pangborn 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A new mother and her newborn baby are lucky to be alive after they got stranded in a forest for three days, doctors in California said.

35-year-old Amber Pangborn of Oroville, said that it all began when she decided to drive herself to her parents’ home after going into labor.

She took a shortcut, but found herself lost. After a few minutes, her gasoline ran out and she lost her cellphone signal in the Plumas County National Forest.

While walking on French Creek Road, she gave birth to her daughter Marissa. Pangborn was stranded for the next three days.

She survived on apples and water. On Saturday, three days after getting lost, she decided to start a fire to attract some attention to herself.

Within hours, the fire was spotted by an employee of the United States Forest Service, and Pangborn and her daughter were found.

They were both taken to a hospital for evaluation. The two are expected to make a full recovery.

Baby dies after paramedic refuses to enter house to help her breathe

Ann Marie Thomas and the 8-month-old baby girl 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A woman in Michigan, was fired from her job as a paramedic after she refused to help a dying newborn baby who had difficulties breathing.

The Detroit Fire Commissioner fired Ann Marie Thomas, after she refused to treat the 8-month-old baby who was not breathing.

A dispatcher ordered Thomas to drive to the house where the baby was not breathing as she was just around the corner.

She refused to enter the home because CPR would take 10 minutes.

The dispatcher pleaded with her, saying that the child is not breathing, but she still refused.

Another ambulance eventually transported the baby to a hospital, but she died the next morning.

Teen kills her husband with poisoned soda after being forced to marry 32-year-old man with mental disability

Glass of soda illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A teen was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly killing her husband by giving him poisoned soda to drink because she wanted to marry her boyfriend, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos State police said that they have arrested 17-year-old Kwenume Ojo, after being accused of killing 32-year-old Jimoh Ojo.

The incident unfolded in the couple’s home on Friday.

According to the police investigation, the suspect poured poison in her husband’s soda and gave it to him as he was sleeping.

As the husband was sleepy, he did not suspect anything and drank the soda. The woman obtained the poison from a relative of her boyfriend.

The woman told investigator that she was forced into the marriage, and that her husband was mentally disabled. She also said that her father didn’t allow her to marry her boyfriend because her boyfriend's brother abused her sister.

In order to marry her boyfriend, she decided to kill her husband. The woman and the relative who provided the poison were arrested on charges of murder.

75-year-old grandfather who raped his granddaughters claims they begged him for sex

Umoru Choji 
By: Feng Qian

An elderly man who was arrested on charges of rape said that his granddaughters begged him for sex, police in Nigeria said.

Plateau State police said that they have arrested 75-year-old Umoru Choji of Bukuru, after being accused of raping his granddaughters, aged 11 and 14.

During questioning, Choji, who is married, admitted to having sex with the girls, saying that they asked him to sleep with them.

He further claims that they only reported him to police because he decided to stop having sex with them. Choji was charged with two counts of rape.

In January, a grandfather raped two of his grandchildren and impregnated one of them.

55-year-old Mikeal Shane Pruett of Stevensville, Montana, was sentenced to 200 years in prison after impregnating his 11-year-old granddaughter and sexually assaulting the victim’s younger sister.

Pruett, who is married, was the guardian to both girls when he raped them. The grandfather was arrested after the 11-year-old girl was found to be 32 weeks pregnant.