Teddy Bears For Food

In Franklin, Ohio, a seven-year-old boy was hungry because he hadn’t eaten in days, so he devised a clever way to try and get some cash: He decided he would try to sell his teddy bear for food. His proposition caught the eye of police officer Steve Dunham. The officer took him to subway for a sandwich. Tammy and Michael Bethel, the boys parents, are facing child endangerment charges after the authorities found four other boys, ages 11, 12, 15, … Continue reading →

Three Drown In Pool – Why?

In Pueblo, Colorado, on a hot August day two sisters, ages three and six, and their 17-year-old baby sitter drowned at a mobile home park swimming pool that had no lifeguard. We will never know exactly why this tragedy happened. There were other children in the pool at the time the sitter and her two young charges jumped into the deep end of the pool. A short time later a child was seen floating and others called for help. Attempts … Continue reading →

Three-year-old birthday Girl Killed At Her Party

In a tragic story our of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a 3-year-old girl who was celebrating her birthday this past Saturday didn’t live to make four. While at her party, she ran into the street to greet a relative who had just arrived and was struck and killed by a passing car. This story is a tragic reminder of two things: It’s never too early to start talking with kids about street safety. You can find free resources at www.keepyourchildsafe.org/street-safety-for-kids, including our … Continue reading →

Strange Things That Happen While Playing Pokemon Go

A Pokemon player in Clarksboro, New Jersey, had to call 911 after getting herself stuck in a tree while tracking characters in the Eglington Cemetery. The young woman was rescued with the help of a firetruck ladder. To Pokemon Go players in San Diego fell from a cliff while playing the game. Luckily both survived. In Flower Mound, Texas, a teen was bitten by a venomous snake while playing Pokemon Go. The lad was walking through a local park when … Continue reading →

Reviving Your Baby By Sticking Her In The Fridge

Pancaked parents can do some strange things. In Melissa, Texas, Michael Thedford apparently left his 6 month old daughter in a hot car. By the time he realized his mistake, the baby was unresponsive. So he tried to revive her . . . by putting the baby in the refrigerator before calling 911. If only reviving a child were that simple. I wish we lived in a world where every drowning victim could be revived by pulling them out of … Continue reading →

Today’s Lesson: Don’t Discipline Children By Leaving Them In The Woods

There are certain things that should go without saying: don’t use the baby as a football, don’t have kids help you with your illegal marijuana operation (see Second Graders Story Leads To Pot Bust), and don’t abandon your kids in a dense, bear-infested forest or leave them on the side of the road. But in moments of frustration, parents can loose their common sense. In fact, the act of parenting has sometimes been described as the process of slowly loosing … Continue reading →

Five Kids With Water Guns Save The Day

In West Fargo, North Dakota, a group of Aurora Elementary School kids who were having a water fight gave new meaning to the term “volunteer fire fighters!” The five kids were enjoying a day of summer fun with their super soaker water guns when they spotted a fire on the deck of a neighbor’s apartment. They then alerted the occupant of the apartment and proceeded to put out the fire. The occupant of the apartment is on oxygen and was … Continue reading →

Retired Cop Kills His Two Daughters In Murder-Suicide

In Harrison, New York, a 52-year-old White Plains, NY police officer that had just retired shot and killed 3 dogs, his two sleeping daughters, and himself. The girls were Deanna, age 13, and Alissa, age 17. The three were found dead in their family home. In a 5- to 6-page letter left by Glen Hochman, apparently written after the killings, he describes his actions as premeditated and details a list of things his wife should do “to get things in … Continue reading →

Boy Steals Concrete Mixer, Leads Police On High Speed Chase

It was an unusual Sunday afternoon in Dodge Center, Minnesota when an 11-year-old boy was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase that lasted about 75 minutes. His choice of vehicle, a stolen concrete mixer truck. Some reports put top speeds at more than 110 miles per hour through residential suburban neighborhoods. A witness says that the boy was raised around farming, and knew how to drive a tractor and farming equipment. It could have become a tragedy … Continue reading →