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.

Have any strange red marks on you? Don’t worry, it’s probably just a spider tunneling under your skin

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A West Australian man who developed a mysterious mark on his skin during a trip to Bali said doctors found a tropical spider had burrowed under his skin.

Dylan Thomas said he first noticed the mark on his stomach during his trip to the Indonesian island Saturday and he visited a doctor Sunday when he noticed the wound growing and producing a burning sensation.

The doctor told Thomas he had been bitten by an insect and gave him some antihistamines.

However, Thomas said the wound continued to worsen Monday and he went to a hospital, where a dermatology specialist identified the problem.

“Well after running tests and putting things inside my stomach they finally found out it was a tropical spider that’s been living inside of me for the last 3 days, managed to get it out luckily,” Thomas posted on Facebook.

The spider was dead when the doctor removed it with tweezers. Hospital staff said the spider had burrowed in through Thomas’ appendix scar and crawled under his skin to the man’s sternum.

Thomas said he is hoping his ordeal will inspire his friends to ship in money for him to get a giant spider tattooed across his chest in the style of Spider-Man’s costume.

Man sues hospital after they forget to remove three of his friend’s teeth ….. embedded in his leg

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A man whose friend’s teeth were embedded in his leg in an accident on a trampoline is suing a hospital for failing to remove them.

PX9386290CASCADE-N_3076073bDaniel Rigby, from Pollards Hill in London has suffered debilitating knee swelling since the incident in March.

He says Croydon University Hospital failed to fully remove the three teeth which have caused a severe infection.

The 29-year-old was lying on his trampoline playing with his iPad when Peter Walsh, his best friend, came over to join him.

Mr Rigby said: “He jumped on and jokingly tried to kick me, I pulled his leg away and his face smashed into my knee and he blacked out.”

“He was probably out for a couple of minutes. He was face down and I saw blood coming out of his mouth and teeth missing so I thought it was quite bad. I tried to stand up and then collapsed because of my leg.”

After his friend came-to he managed to drag them both into a cab which rushed them to Accident and Emergency at Croydon University Hospital.

Teeth stuck in my leg. He took me off to X-Ray and he said there’s only a bit of bone cartilage, nothing to worry about.

“They gave me two stitches and sent me on my way.”

Afterwards the men went to Mr Walsh’s house where his nan inspected the knee and said she thought it was infected and he should return to hospital straight away.

The next day Mr Rigby went to A & E at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, where doctors opened the wound and cleaned out parts of the teeth which were embedded in his leg.

The scaffolder, who now feels insecure wearing shorts and going swimming, has employed a solicitor to file a negligence claim against the hospital for failing to spot that parts of the teeth remained in his leg.

A Croydon Health Services NHS Trust spokesman said: “We cannot comment in detail on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.

“Patients in our care are advised to contact us again after treatment if their condition persists or worsens. We would encourage Mr Rigby to contact us if he has any concerns about his care.”

Mr Rigby, who still works as a scaffolder and will soon be a father, thinks the injury will have an impact on his future career.

He said: “It’s really bad. Since it happened my legs stiffens up and I have to strap it up when it gets really bad. I’m very grateful for the treatment I got at St George’s but not to the man who treated me at Croydon.”

Mother Accused Of Separating Young Daughter’s Scalp From Her Skull

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A Beaver County woman is facing charges after allegedly pulling her 6-year-old daughter’s hair so hard that she caused internal bleeding.

Brittany-RuckAccording to police, Brittany Ruck, 25, of Conway, is charged in the Aug. 31 incident.

The criminal complaint states the girl’s scalp was separated from her skull as a result of Ruck pulling on her hair.

“The head injury was described in medical terms as traction,” said Michael Priolo, of the Conway Police Department. “It is a separation between the scalp and skull which creates a void that fills with blood. The blood ended up pulling around the eyes, giving her raccoon eyes.”

Children’s Hospital alerted police while treating the girl.

According to the criminal complaint, the child told police Ruck had, “pulled her out of a chair by her hair for her inability to count to 12.”

“The female was having a difficult time counting to 12. She could count to 10 because she had 10 fingers,” said Priolo.

The child also said Ruck pulled her into a corner by her hair the next day.

The child spent several days at Children’s Hospital. She’s since been released and is staying with a relative.

Ruck has since admitted to pulling the girl’s hair on multiple occasions.

Police say she thought she wasn’t doing anything wrong.

“Her mother had assaulted her when she was younger, and she was going back to that, saying, ‘This is what happened to me and I’m still here,’” said Priolo.

Ruck has two other kids as well, ages 4 and 1. Neighbors say she just moved into her Catherine Drive home in the spring with the children and her fiancé. KDKA’s Amy Wadas knocked on the door, but no one was home.

Police believe Ruck’s fiancé wasn’t around during the abuse and probably won’t be charged.

Ruck is being held in the Beaver County Jail on $50,000 bond. She is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

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.