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Mom furious after DCF worker picks up wrong child from day care: 'How does this even happen?'

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. 

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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.

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“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."

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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."

High school football player confesses to killing pregnant cheerleader, police say

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

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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.

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Wade, James embrace final chance to compete on court

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dwyane Wade will be spending a lot of time in Los Angeles while he settles into retirement next year. He already has a house here, and his wife's acting career would undoubtedly benefit from more time in Hollywood.

LeBron James is a newly minted Southern Californian himself, and he's already hatching schemes to occupy his former teammate, longtime rival and permanent friend.

"I told him, 'No one likes to work out by themselves,'" James said with a grin. "So he can come to Staples. He can come to the practice facility anytime he wants to get workouts in. He can come help me with the young guys as well. He'll be around a lot more personally for me, so I'll love that."

Wade still has 56 regular-season games left in his self-declared final NBA season with the Miami Heat, but he passed a major milestone in that procession when he lined up against James for the final time Monday night in the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-105 victory.

The result wasn't the most important part of the night to either man. They were wrapped up in the pure thrill - in the chance to face off for the final time in two incredible basketball careers that have been chronologically parallel, frequently intersecting and always momentous.

"I knew that at some point in the game, it was going to hit me that this was the last time we were competing against each other," Wade said. "It hit me right away, once that buzzer sounded and we got the opportunity on the court to just look at each other and be like, 'Man, this has been fun. This has been one hell of a ride, and we've enjoyed it together.'"

James put up 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Wade scored all 15 of his points in the second half to go with 10 assists and five boards.

But the best moments arrived late when James and Wade finally guarded each other, playing one last one-on-one game for keeps.

Defense won out on both ends, probably because they know each other well enough to take away their strengths. They funneled each other to drive to their more uncomfortable sides, and James forced Wade to attempt a 27-foot turnaround, fadeaway 3-pointer that missed badly with 7.2 seconds left.

Wade was more open when he missed a 3 that would have put the Heat ahead with 22.5 seconds left.

"I needed that one," Wade said with a grimace. "I wanted it so bad. I think I wanted it too much. It would have definitely been memorable. But this is my last time playing against this guy, you know? This is the holy grail in the NBA. Unless we figure this thing out and we go to the Finals, this is the holy grail for me. The competition of playing against the game's greatest player. Playing it in LA. I thanked him for bringing us to this stage for our last hurrah on this stage. It gets no better than this."

Barring a change of Wade's retirement plans or that incredibly unlikely NBA Finals matchup, they'll never face each other in a real game - and the Lakers' victory put James ahead of Wade 16-15 in their head-to-head matchups over their career.

James marveled at the symmetry in this final showdown, but both players said their times together meant a whole lot more than their times in opposing uniforms.

James and Wade won two NBA championships and four straight Eastern Conference titles together in Miami, along with their Olympic gold medals from Beijing.

"The game is going to take care of itself, but just the fact that we were on the floor doing what we love to do, that's what's more important," James said. "Wins and losses are going to happen throughout the course of the season and throughout the course of your career, but those moments right there, you can't ever get back."

James and Wade swapped jerseys after the final buzzer, their bittersweet emotions overshadowed by the excitement of the moment and the possibilities of the future.

"It's the end of a storybook," James said. "One of the best movies you could ever see. It's too hard to put into words. Thank God they're staying the night. We get to have dinner (later). I know he has more games, but that's the last one for us."


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Man gets 13 years for fatal hit-and-run crash

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for a hit-and-run crash that left a woman dead and a deputy severely injured.

The Ledger reports that 73-year-old Charles Luther Lewis was sentenced last week. He had been convicted of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash involving a fatality.

Authorities say Lewis had left a Halloween party at a Lake Wales bar shortly before the October 2016 crash. Lewis struck 33-year-old Jessica Enchautegui-Ortero and Deputy Adam Pennell, who were in the median of the divided highway. The woman had injured her arm when she experienced car trouble, and the Polk County deputy had stopped his patrol car, leaving the emergency lights on, to help her.

A tip to law enforcement later led deputies to Lewis.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.),

Florida man gets 3 years for gas pump fraud scheme

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Florida man has been sentenced in West Virginia to three years in prison in a scheme to steal personal credit card information at gas pumps.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Yarai Fuentes Quinones of Hialeah, Florida, pleaded guilty to a fraud charge Monday in federal court in Clarksburg.

Quinones admitted his role in a four-state conspiracy that used electronic devices known as skimmers at gas pumps to steal personal account information and create fake cards to make unauthorized transactions.

Quinones also was ordered to pay nearly $62,000 in restitution.

Over 400 gather in Florida Keys for coral reef conference

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - Over 400 marine scientists and specialists have gathered in the Florida Keys to compare notes and examine solutions to preserve coral reefs around the world.

Reef Futures 2018 began Monday at the Ocean Reef Club. Organizers say the coral restoration and intervention-science symposium will run through Friday.

Attendees are focused on the plight of dying coral reefs and methods to save and restore fragile underwater reef ecosystems. Discussions include needs for immediate and aggressive actions on climate change to ensure long-term survival of reefs and how carbon released into the atmosphere is to continue to warm ocean waters.

The Florida Keys are home to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which protects the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef.


Online: Reef Futures 2018,

Woman gets 10 years in prison for plot to kill her husband

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for manipulating her son to kill his father.

Florida Today reports that 54-year-old Sharon Myers was sentenced last week. She was convicted of manslaughter in May.

Myers' son, Darryl Kenney, and his friend, Rubin Nero, are serving life sentences for the June 2008 murder in Merritt Island. Kenney met Nero while in prison, and they killed Kenney's father, 50-year-old husband Gary Kenney, shortly after being released.

Investigators found hundreds of letters Myers wrote to her son while he was in prison, saying she and his sister were abused, and she wanted Gary Kenney to die.


Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.),

Remains identified 7 years after murder

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida have identified the remains of a woman seven years after they believe she was murdered and two years after her body was found.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Monday that a DNA match confirmed that human remains found in neighboring Flagler County in 2016 were of Mandy Ciehanoski.

Ciehanoski had been in a relationship with Michael Annicchiarico, who pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison in 2014.

The woman's remains were found two years ago by a drone operator searching for a crashed drone.

A DNA comparison was made with a family member, and the match was confirmed at the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.

2 cousins found shot dead in Georgia home: 'This has broken us totally apart'

Two men were found shot to death in a Georgia home early Monday, police said.

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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.

They each had gunshot wounds to the head, police said.

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.

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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.

Mom mourns 4 children, ages 2 to 8, killed in South Carolina crash: 'They were my everything'

A South Carolina mother is devastated after her four young children were killed in a weekend crash.

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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.”

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“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.”

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