Teen With Pre-existing Health Issues Dies Inside Haunted House Attraction

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Christian Faith Benge’s love of God and strong faith are what her family says they will remember most about the 16-year-old who died from a medical condition after visiting the Land of Illusion attraction Friday night.

Christian-Faith-BengeBenge, a sophomore at New Miami High School, was transported to Atrium Medical Center after collapsing inside one of the haunted houses at Land of Illusion in Madison Twp., officials said. She died at the hospital from a medical condition, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy is underway, said Doyle Burke, deputy coroner.

“She got halfway through and just collapsed,” her grandmother Betty Benge said. “She was almost through it.” Christian was at the attraction with about 100 friends and family members, according to her mother, Jean Benge.

Medical officials told the family part of her heart was enlarged four times its size. “They said she was like a time bomb,” Betty Benge said.

Jean Benge told the Journal-News that her daughter was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which prevents the lungs from developing normally.

“The heart had to compensate for the lung … it just stopped,” she said.

Jean said her “mother instinct” kicked in as she performed CPR on her daughter.

“I did CPR until the paramedics arrived. And I trust God. He has the ultimate plan,” she said as she talked to reporters at Full Gospel Church, 2117 Eaton Road. “She’s better off than we are … because of her faith in Christ I know she’s home.”

There was no injury-causing accident that happened at the haunted park, owner Brett Oakley said.

“It was a very unfortunate situation,” Oakley said.

Christian was an active member of Full Gospel Church, where she sang in the choir, according to her family.

“Those memories of her up here singing and pouring out her heart to everyone is the fondest memory I have of her,” said Christian’s aunt Julene Adams.

Grandparents described Christian as a kind, gentle, lovable person.

“You couldn’t find a better kid than she was,” said her grandfather Ernest Benge, pastor at Full Gospel Church for more than 30 years.

“We don’t understand it, but you just survive it,” he said. “She was one of the kids you never have to correct.”

Christian was born with a very low chance of living, according to her grandfather. She sometimes had breathing problems, he said.

“I just wish there were more giving and more loving like she lived her life. She’s always been a kid that never complained, even through all the operations she went through,” he said.

Mom Gave Kid Away To Heroin User To Live Life Of Normal Teenager

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A suburban St. Louis teen mom desperate to live the life of a normal young adult gave away her toddler to a known heroin user, then claimed the woman kidnapped the tot, cops say.

Desiree-CozzoniDesiree Ann-Marie Cozzoni, 18, could only smile as she sat for her mugshot while being booked on several misdemeanor charges.

But court papers paint a sinister plot of a young woman more concerned with partying than caring for her 16-month-old son.

Earlier this month, Cozzoni drew up non-legal papers granting a heroin user, who’d lost custody of her own kids, rights to care for her child so Cozzoni could live the life of “a normal teenager,” court documents obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch read.

Cozzoni even changed her phone number to prevent the woman, described as unemployed, homeless and living in motels, from contacting her.

The woman bought heroin daily and frequently used it in front of Cozzoni and the boy, both of whom crashed with the woman often, the newspaper reported.

Eventually, Cozzoni called St. Charles cops to report the woman had kidnapped her son.

Police say the report was bogus and charged Cozzoni with making a false report, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Cops found a pipe with marijuana residue in the teen’s purse when they booked her into jail, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Cozzoni posted $2,500 jail on Tuesday and was released. It’s unclear who now has custody of the boy, but Cozzoni, a frequent Facebook user, wrote that her first supervised visit with the child was scheduled for Thursday.

“I just wish I weren’t a bad mom,” she wrote Tuesday evening. “I wish none of this happened. I just want my baby back.”

Boy, 9, Has Arm Ripped Off After Trying To Feed Bear At Zoo

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Standing in shock as medics work to stem the bleeding, these shocking pictures show the moments after a boy had his arm ripped off by a bear he had tried to pat.

The disturbing images show paramedics applying bandages to the nine-year-old child’s shoulder after his arm was torn off. 

His severed limb can still be seen laying on the floor in the bear’s enclosure, just minutes after the savage attack.

Standing in shock as medics work to stem the bleeding, these shocking pictures show the moments after a boy had his arm ripped off by a bear he had tried to pat.

The disturbing images show paramedics applying bandages to the nine-year-old child’s shoulder after his arm was torn off. 

His severed limb can still be seen laying on the floor in the bear’s enclosure, just minutes after the savage attack.

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 Medics work to treat the boy, 9, after his arm was ripped off by a bear in a zoo in Pingdingshan, China

The boy stands in shock, not even crying, as blood streams down his shirt before medical assistance arrives

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The nine-year-old stands in complete shock with bone protruding from where his arm had previously been as blood streams down his shirt.

For a brief moment he stands completely alone, not even crying, as tourists stare at the mauled boy, waiting for medical staff to arrive.

The grim pictures of the Chinese boy and the shattered remains of his arm were widely shared online after the horrifying incident.

He was at Hebin Park Zoo, in Pingdingshan city in central China’s Henan province, with his grandfather as a treat.

When his grandfather went to buy sweets, the child clambered over a safety rail to get nearer to the animal and reached in to stroke it.

At this point the bear put his head through the bars and grabbed the boy by his arm.

The child screamed as the bear grappled with his arm for 10 minutes before tearing it free, witnesses said.

People were seen trying to beat off the bear but their attempts were in vain.

Zoo staff could do nothing as the bear mauled the boy, and took a further 20 minutes to retrieve his severed right arm.

The boy’s parents have slammed the zoo, saying staff should have been supervising the bear.

His mother, Ku, said she could not believe it when she arrived at Pingdingshan Number 152 Hospital to be told that surgeons would have to amputate what was left of her son’s arm.

She said: ‘I don’t know how we will ever get over this. Our entire family has been ruined because of this zoo.

‘They should have made it safer and they should have always had staff on duty to supervise the animals.’

The zoo has not commented.

Bear attacks are rare although according to the Journal of Emergency Medicine, there were 162 bear-inflicted injuries in the USA between 1900 and 1985, International Business Times reports.

Jeffrey Tittel, director of environmental organisation New Jersey Sierra Club, claims that bears are usually docile and afraid of people.

Attacks often relate to people having food, as bears that have been fed by humans see people as a source of food and can become aggressive.

Breaking up is hard to do — and it’s even more difficult when the ex gets stuck in your chimney.

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Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, was arrested Sunday morning after police say she spent a few hours stuck in a chimney of a home of a man who had recently ended a relationship with her.

o-WOMAN-STUCK-IN-CHIMNEY-2-570A neighbor heard the suspect crying at about 5:45 a.m. and called 911. The Ventura County Fire Department’s search and rescue squad came to the scene and found Nunez-Figueroa stuck in the chimney about eight feet from the top.

She had been there an estimated two hours, Capt. Renee Ferguson of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department told KTLA TV.

In order to free Nunez-Figueroa, the rescue crew had to dismantle the chimney andlubricate her with dish soap.

The suspect was finally removed from the chimney around 8:15 a.m. and was transported to a hospital to be evaluated, according to KABC TV.

After the evaluation, Nunez-Figueroa was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police, NBC Los Angeles reports.

The suspect’s bail was set at $2,500 and she is due in court on Tuesday.

The homeowner, who only gave his name as “Lawrence,” was away from the house when the incident happened.

He told CBS Los Angeles that he knew Nunez-Figueroa.

“It wasn’t Santa Claus, for sure,” Lawrence told the station. “Having someone in your chimney is like kind of a weird thing you wouldn’t expect to come home to.”

Lawrence told authorities he had met the suspect online and went out with her six times before ending things recently.

“It’s actually the second attempt for her trying to access the inside of my house, from the roof,” Lawrence told CBS Los Angeles. “Which just goes to show you,” he said, “you have to be careful who you meet online.”

Although Lawrence now has to deal with a dismantled chimney, Nunez-Figueroa’s family has offered to play for the repair, saying the suspect is a good person.

Wannabe Playboy Model In Ecstasy Trafficking Bust

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A wannabe Playboy model and a male associate were arrested by federal agents after flying into a California airport from Las Vegas in a private plane loaded with a massive cache of Ecstasy pills and powder, according to court records.

Acting on information that the plane may have been involved with the smuggling of drugs or currency, investigators questioned the duo upon landing last Thursday at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

kristaboseleyfb1 (1)Krista Boseley, 30, and pilot Gilles Lapointe, 61, were both carrying large sums of cash that they claimed to have won the prior evening at the Bellagio casino. The pair, both of whom are Canadian citizens, subsequently had their bags searched after a drug detection dog alerted to the presence of narcotics.

As detailed in a U.S. District Court complaint, agents found about 30,000 Ecstasy pills in Lapointe’s luggage, and another 28,000 pills inside the plane. The aircraft (seen below) also contained nearly 90 pounds of powdered Ecstasy and a “GPS Tracker Detector” that, investigators allege, is used by drug smugglers “to determine whether law enforcement has placed a tracking device on their vehicles or planes.”

Boseley, pictured above, and Lapointe were arrested after agents found the Ecstasy stash. Boseley denied knowledge of the drugs being trafficked or “anything illegal.” Lapointe, however, appears to have made incriminating statements to agents, though they are not detailed in the felony complaint charging the duo with conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

kristaboseleyfrontFollowing Boseley’s arrest, investigators learned that she had been stopped last year by Los Angeles Police Department officers who found her with more than $40,000 in cash. “Boseley stated at that time that the money belonged to someone else.” She was also found in possession of a receipt showing that Lapointe’s plane had been refueled at the Santa Barbara airport.

Boseley, who has worked as a real estate agent in Vancouver, is a tattoo enthusiast who once posedfor a series of naked photos during a Playboy open call. Her Facebook page is filled with assorted affirmations and musings, like “Don’t judge someone because they sin differently than you.” In her last update, on October 3, Boseley reposted a graphic announcing, “Yes, I’m crazy. No, you can’t have some.”

A federal magistrate has ordered Lapointe locked up in advance of an October 24 preliminary hearing. Boseley’s custody status is not detailed in court records, nor is she listed among inmates being held by the federal Bureau of Prisons or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Tristen Kurilla, 10, Charged As Adult After Beating Elderly Woman To Death

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Tristen-KurillaA 10-year-old boy is being charged as an adult in the beating death of a 90-year-old woman in Wayne County.  Prosecutors say the boy is Tristen Kurilla.

Kurilla was visiting his grandfather, Anthony Virbitsky, who was taking care of 90-year-old Helen Novak in Damascus Township on Saturday.  But the visit took an ugly turn when Novak yelled at Kurilla to leave her room.  According to investigators Kurilla said Novak’s yelling “made him very mad” and he “lost his temper.”

He told police he came up behind Novak, put a cane around her throat and pulled back.  Afterward he punched her in the throat and stomach multiple times.  When police asked Kurilla if he was trying to kill Novak he replied “No, I was only trying to hurt her.”  But a report from the coroner’s office describes Novak’s primary cause of death as “blunt force trauma to the neck.”  The death was ruled a homicide.  Kurilla has been charged as an adult with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

Quick Clicks The boy’s lawyer says Kurilla may have mental health issues. Kurilla was a fifth grade student at Damascus Elementary School.  For now he is being held at the Wayne County Correctional Facility.  His bail hearing will be held on Wednesday.

Boy Scout Accidentally Hangs Self With Rope Used To Earn Badge For Knot Tying

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The family of the 9-year-old who accidentally hanged himself Friday is speaking out about his tragic death.

5137588_GA.J. Underwood died Friday. A.J.’s aunt, Dana Wiesman, says what happened to A.J. was an accident.

“We had been learning how to tie rope, tie knots in ropes in Boy Scouts. He came into the house and had unpacked his Boy Scout bag, and he went in his room and was apparently playing with the rope and slipped and got caught in it,” Wiseman said.

A.J. had been playing on a top bunk bed.

“It’s unreal, it really was, it still is. I still expect to come running out to play with the kids,” Wiseman said.

AJ, a student at Oneonta Elementary School, leaves behind three sisters and his mother.

“He’s mama’s boy. She needs him more than he ever needed her. He took care of things. He was always smiling and happy. He would do anything for anybody. He’s the best kid I’ve ever known,” Wiseman said.

Wiseman said the family isn’t doing well, and that they’re taking each day minute by minute. But that the outpouring of community support is what’s getting them through this difficult time.

“We will never be able to say thank you enough for everything that everybody in this community has done for us. We will never be able to say it enough,” Wiseman said.