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Man Takes Shortcut, Hears Strange Noise In Woods. What He Finds Under Leaves Is Heartbreaking

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It is unfathomable to us how a mother could give birth to a baby and then just abandon it. I can’t even imagine giving up my own baby.

Of course, there are many reasons why a mother might do something like this. Perhaps she is fearful of what her family will do or the stigma that will be attached. Maybe she is mentally ill and unable to care for the child.

We might never know why this mother chose to do what she did, but thankfully for her little girl, this story has a happy ending.

A man was walking to work in Chelyabinsk in central Russia when he decided to take a shortcut. He was walking through the woodlands on the outskirts of the city when he heard a strange noise coming from somewhere nearby.

Curious, he went to investigate, and what he found left him sick.

Lying on a pile of leaves, covered in ants, was a tiny three-day-old baby. Her umbilical cord was still attached and her skin was red and swollen from where the ants had bitten her.

The man quickly scooped the baby up and called for an ambulance. Police later said that if he hadn’t found the little girl when he did, she probably would not have survived.

“The person that found the baby girl heard her crying and on investigating discovered the child lying on a pile of leaves and covered in ants,” said a police spokesman. “It was clear that the child had been abandoned and there was no one else in sight, so they picked her up and called for an ambulance.”

While the baby was in rough condition, doctors were able to stabilize her and she was expected to make a full recovery.

Unfortunately, baby abandonment is all too common in Russia. Russia has over 650,000 children who are registered orphans, many of whom are considered “social orphans” because one or both of their biological parents are still alive.

Many pro-lifers in the country have worked hard to promote baby boxes, or baby “hatches,” where women can leave their babies without repercussions if they feel they cannot care for them.

Hopefully this idea will catch on so mothers know they have a safe place to leave their babies and we don’t hear any more tragic stories like this one.

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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