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LA Times – Prison hospital medicates Loughner against his will, lawyers say

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

Lawyers for Jared Lee Loughner complain that the Tucson shooting suspect has been given antipsychotic medication against his will despite a court order.

CourtAn artist’s redering of attorney Judy Clarke and defendant Jared Loughner at a competency hearing May 25 in Tucson, Ariz. (Bill Robles, Associated Press)


By Carol J. WilliamsLos Angeles Times

July 22, 2011

Authorities at the Missouri prison mental hospital where Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner is detained have forced antipsychotic medication on the suspect despite an appeals court order last week, his attorneys complained in a court filing Thursday.

Defense attorneys filed an emergency motion with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for enforcement of a July 12 order that Loughner not be medicated against his will with antipsychotic drugs that could harm him.

The motion signed by Loughner’s lead attorney, Judy Clarke of San Diego, also asked the court to compel the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to provide her with daily records of his treatment so that his defense team and the appeals court can monitor prison authorities’ compliance with the order against involuntary medication.

Loughner, charged with 49 felony counts in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage that killed six and injured 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was deemed incompetent to stand trial by a federal judge in May and sent to the Missouri prison hospital for treatment of schizophrenia.

The 9th Circuit’s order suspending forced administration of antipsychotics made clear that prison doctors could give Loughner sedatives if he was considered a danger to himself or others. But drugs were forced on the 22-year-old Monday “on an emergency basis,” according to prison records provided to another federal judge. The records showed that Loughner was given a low dose of risperidone — which is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses — twice daily under threat of injection with a powerful antipsychotic drug if he refused the oral medication, the defense lawyers said.

Government lawyers seeking to prosecute Loughner had no role in the prison’s decision to treat him, said Robert Sherwood, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Tucson.

A call to the prison hospital in Springfield, Mo., wasn’t answered.

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times


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LA Times – Norway treatise says ‘indigenous Europeans’ must be punished for ‘cultural suicide’

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

The writings apparently by Anders Behring Breivik, the suspect in the twin terrorist attacks, highlight a trend of rising right-wing extremism that has been intensified by demographic changes in Northern Europe.

MournersFriends and loved ones gather at the Oslo cathedral to mourn 93 victims killed in twin attacks from a bombing in downtown Oslo and a mass shooting on Utoya island. (Paula Bronstein, Getty Images /July 24, 2011)


By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times

July 25, 2011

Reporting from Oslo—

He wanted to ignite “a revolution,” one that would upend contemporary Norwegian and European society. The goal: to purge the continent of Muslims and punish the “indigenous Europeans” who had failed to protect their nations from “cultural suicide.”

As Norway grieved for the 93 people cut down in twin terrorist attacks, the radical views of the accused killer came into clearer view Sunday and raised questions about the threat posed by far-right extremists in this country and the extent to which the authorities can control it.

The threat reflects a bitter resentment toward demographic changes that reaches beyond Norway to neighbors such as SwedenDenmark, Finland and the Netherlands, where far-right and anti-immigrant parties have made major political gains in recent years.

Investigators here in the Norwegian capital continued to pore over a 1,500-page treatise that was apparently posted on the Internet by suspect Anders Behring Breivik shortly before a massive bomb exploded Friday in downtown Oslo, followed by a shooting spree at a youth camp tied to the ruling Labor Party, which is relatively more tolerant toward immigration.

The chilling manifesto advocates an armed campaign against the Muslims it says are overrunning Europe. A hate-filled brew of political, ideological and militaristic cant, the treatise denounces Europeans who support multiculturalism and argues for spectacular violence using tactics similar to those seen Friday, such as adopting a police disguise to fool victims before killing them.

Breivik has admitted to the twin attacks, which left nearly 100 injured and at least four people still missing, without accepting criminal responsibility for them, police said.

His lawyer, Geir Lippestad, told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK on Sunday that Breivik “wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution. He wished to attack society and the structure of society.”

The 32-year-old is expected to appear at a court hearing Monday and wants to “explain himself,” Lippestad added.

Authorities are now trying to determine the credibility of a claim in the manifesto that, in London nine years ago, Breivik attended a meeting of like-minded radicals calling themselves the Knights Templar.

Even before Friday’s attacks, right-wing fanatics had long been part of Norway’s social and political landscape.

They were especially active throughout the 1980s and ’90s, in the form of skinhead gangs engaged in street violence. For many years, far-right groups were considered the main source of concern in the Norwegian intelligence agency’s threat assessment.

But their influence was muted after a young biracial man was knifed to death in 2001 by a right-wing extremist, a killing that shocked a country that prided itself on peaceful coexistence.

“That caused such a popular uproar against these movements that it stopped recruitment to a certain extent,” said Tore Bjorgo, a professor at the Norwegian Police University College and an expert on violent subgroups.

A crackdown by police and preventive work by social organizations succeeded in breaking up many of the groups in the last decade, enough that they were no longer seen as much of a threat.

At the same time, immigration by Muslims — who still represent only a few percent of Norway’s population — and the Sept. 11 attacks turned authorities’ attention to radical Islam and stirred up a new set of fears.

Polls show that as many as half of Norwegians oppose the government’s immigration policy, which they deem too liberal. Breivik’s own anti-Islam obsession comes against a backdrop of a general hardening of sentiment toward immigrants, reflected in the rise of Norway’s right-wing populist Progress Party, which won more than 20% of the vote in an election two years ago.

Such right-wing political muscle is also evident in Denmark and the Netherlands, where strong electoral gains by such parties have forced the governments to accede to some of their demands in order to pass other legislation.

“The debate about Muslims in Norway has changed in the last decade,” said Thomas Hylland Eriksen, a professor at the University of Oslo. “The threshold has been lowered about what you can say” about Islam and its adherents, with statements that would have been regarded as inflammatory a decade ago now an acceptable part of social discourse.

Breivik joined the Progress Party but reportedly dropped out several years ago because he found its anti-immigrant stance too weak. He began nursing far more extreme views, some of which he appears to have expressed in Internet postings.

Those views don’t reserve their anger just for Muslims. The ire of extremists like Breivik extends to “what they perceive as the political elite and what they perceive as the socialist establishment’s betrayal of the Norwegian nation,” Eriksen said.

“I often ask myself, who do they hate the most — Muslims or people who defend Muslims? It seems to me they hate us the most, the people they see as the politically correct establishment,” he said.

Right-wing radicals such as Breivik are now presenting authorities with a different kind of challenge from that posed by the skinhead groups of the ’80s and ’90s, experts say. They do not belong to organized groups but rather form loose networks, often in online communities, which are harder to track and infiltrate.

“They are not street-oriented,” Bjorgo said. “They are more intellectual; their main arena is discussion forums and Internet debates.… It’s a much more sophisticated kind of right-wing activism.”

This has limited the authorities’ room to maneuver and may have caused them to underestimate the danger posed by such extremism, analysts say.

In its most recent threat assessment, Norway’s intelligence service said that right-wing extremists have been only “slightly active” in recent years but “an increased level of activity in 2010 is expected to continue in 2011.”

Far-right radicals still lack leadership figures, but “several players would like to revive the far-right extremist communities,” the report adds.

It warns of signs of contact between Norwegian extremists with organized crime, which could give them easier access to weapons, and of links to far-right groups in Sweden, Russia and other parts of Europe.

Still, Breivik does not appear to have been on anyone’s radar before Friday’s terrible events.

“His statements were fiercely anti-Islam, but they were not pro-violence. He always argued in a political way, using political means, which is very typical for that movement,” Bjorgo said. “That is one of the reasons why he was never detected by the security service, because there was nothing apparently special about him.”

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times

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LA Times – Amy Winehouse: Autopsy due in days; dad Mitch Winehouse flies home

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse fans remember her in Camden Square

With an autopsy on the body of Amy Winehouse yet to come and no signs of foul play found, her father Mitch has canceled his singing engagement at a New York jazz club and headed home.

Meanwhile, police called speculation as to the cause of Winehouse’s death “inappropriate” and fans in Camden Square left flowers, candles and more in her memory. Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her north London home at age 27.

Pictures: Amy Winehouse, 1983-2011

“I am aware of reports suggesting that the death was a result of a suspected drug overdose, but I would like to re-emphasise that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place,” said Supt. Raj Kohli, who according to London papers confirmed it was Winehouse’s body found Saturday afternoon in Camden.

Scotland Yard told TMZ that there were no signs of foul play; because the death appeared accidental, an autopsy was unlikely to happen before Sunday or even Monday, police told Radar Online.

“We are very sad to report that the Mitch Winehouse performance on Monday July 25 is canceled due to the unexpected death of his daughter, Amy Winehouse,” the Blue Note New York jazz clubsaid on its website Saturday.

The former cabbie, who’d recently started singing jazz in public, was headed back to London to be with his family, TMZ said. Mitch Winehouse, who credited his daughter for his opportunity to perform, just told the New York Times that despite some rough times, in the last few weeks Amy had been “absolutely fantastic.”

On Twitter, celebs including Diddy, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Natasha Bedingfield, Nicki Minaj, Ricky Martin and Selena Gomez acknowledged the singer’s death, lamenting her entry into the “27 Club” of performers — among them Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin — whose lives ended at age 27.

“She was a lovely and intelligent person and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance,” said singer Tony Bennett, who praised her “rare intuition as a vocalist” in a statement Saturday to Us Magazine. Winehouse was among those who recorded with him for “Duets 2,” an album to be released in August to mark his 85th birthday.

Pal Kelly Osbourne was distraught: “i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!”

Copyright 2011 Los Angeles Times

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LA Times – Amy Winehouse found dead at home; singer was 27

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

July 23, 2011 | 12:30 pm
Amy Winehouse is dead at 27

Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her northern London home, according to London police and ambulance crews who responded to the scene around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Though police confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had been found dead in Camden, they did not offer a cause of death for the soulful, bluesy singer whose father said only days ago that despite going through some rough stuff, “the last few weeks she’s been absolutely fantastic.”

Winehouse, whose second album, “Back to Black,” featured the hit “Rehab” and earned her five Grammys in 2008, had struggled with drugs and alcohol for years, recently canceling a European tour after being booed off the stage in Serbia.

Her father Mitch Winehouse, who started a jazz-singing career only recently, tweeted Thursday that he was off to New York, where he was booked for two Monday shows at the Blue Note. His daughter came to most of his London performances, he’d told the New York Times.

“She always gets up onstage and refuses to rehearse,” Mitch Winehouse said. “So we end up doing a couple of songs which are terrible. We just end up in fits of laughter. Everyone enjoys it because they can see we are enjoying it.

“She’s very, very supportive and she’s a great kid and she’s going through some rough stuff at the moment, but the last few weeks she’s been absolutely fantastic.”

Winehouse had been in and out of rehab over the years, and in and out of a relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil, and in court over allegations that she’d assaulted a fan. Winehouse had reportedly been working for years on a third album as well. She had recorded a song for Tony Bennett’s “Duets II,” which is scheduled for release in September, according to Pop & Hiss.

In her 90-minute Serbia set in June, Winehouse had mumbled through songs and occasionally left the stage, leaving her band to cover for her. Shortly before heading out on the road she’d checked herself out of rehab after a week, and her hotel was reportedly stripped of alcohol before the show. After the Belgrade gig, her camp decided that she should head home.

“Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen,” a spokesman said at the time.

Here’s a link to the video for “Tears Dry on their Own,” a Ministry favorite. (How Winehouse of her to include that one well-placed cuss word that prevents us from embedding it. Sigh.)

“I cannot play myself again / I should just be my own best friend.”

RIP Amy Winehouse.

Copyright 2011 Los Angeles Times

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Washington Post – Casey Anthony released from jail: Is she in danger?

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 07/18/2011

By Sarah Anne Hughes

Casey Anthony walks to a SUV with her lawyer Jose Baez after her release from the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday. (JOHN RAOUX/ASSOCIATED PRESS)Casey Anthony left a Florida jail Sunday evening after being acquitted of charges that she murdered her daughter, Caylee, and serving a shortened sentence for lying to police.

One of Anthony’s attorneys, Cheney Mason, told the “Today” show Monday that Anthony is “safe,” but would not release details about her whereabouts.

Several outlets, including “Today,” have reported that Anthony may have boarded a private jet to Columbus, Ohio. But a flight manifest hasn’t been released and this information has not been confirmed. has purportedly located Anthony in Columbus. Editor Fred Mwangaguhunga said in an e-mail to The Washington Post that the site was prepared to report her address, but the decision was made not to release the “exact address” after they were made aware that it would put her “in immediate danger.”

On Facebook, there are several Facebook groups with a variation of the title, “Kill Casey Anthony.” A member of one of the larger groups posted this message: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Casey Anthony is now OUT OF JAIL. Here’s what I have to say to that: “What we wish would happen is for a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and dog house in EVERY area, EVERY state, city, and town and country. Your killer’s NAME — is MS. Casey Anthony …. she’s out …. let the countdown begin!”

There’s also a closed group called “Casey Anthony Hunters.”

A Pennsylvania man named Casey Anthony said he had been harassed because of his name and George Anthony told BlogPost he had received death threats.

As for Anthony herself, it is not clear when and if the 25-year-old will ever speak publicly about the case. Several book publishers have expressed interest in the story, according to USA Today.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  12:06 PM ET, 07/18/2011


© 2011 The Washington Post

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Reuters – Casey Anthony’s attorneys mum on her whereabouts

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

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By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Fla | Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:09pm EDT

(Reuters) – An attorney for Casey Anthony would not confirm on Monday whether his client boarded a plane after her swift weekend exit from jail but said “elaborate plans” were required to keep her safe.

Anthony’s whereabouts have been a closely guarded secret since her release early Sunday after nearly three years in custody on charges connected to the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

A Florida jury acquitted Anthony, 25, on July 5 of killing Caylee but convicted her of lying to detectives during the search for the then-missing child. Caylee’s remains were found in December 2008 in woods near the Anthony family home.

Casey Anthony left the Orlando jail just after midnight on Sunday, escorted by attorney Jose Baez and guards wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying rifles.

She stepped into a waiting SUV and quickly eluded the helicopters, media and angry public gathered to witness her anticipated departure.

Her attorneys have been mum about where Anthony went.

“I will not confirm if she boarded a plane or flew on her own,” defense attorney Cheney Mason told NBC’s Today show on Monday.

“She’s gone, she’s safe and elaborate plans had to be made to keep the people away from her.”

Mason said life will be difficult for Anthony “as long as there are so many people of the lynch mob mentality and those willing to deny the fact that the jury found her not guilty (of murder).”

He said Anthony continues to deal with the loss of her child and must adjust psychologically to her newfound freedom.

“In Miss Anthony’s case, it’s going to be even more of an adjustment because she is coming out vilified virtually universally, not just in the Central Florida area but across the country, if not the world,” Anthony’s civil lawyer Charles Greene told the Central Florida News 13 channel.

Greene represents Anthony, who left jail with the $537.68 remaining in her inmate account, in several lawsuits.

A non-profit group seeks to recoup more than $100,000 spent on the search for Caylee, and a Florida woman has accused Anthony of defaming her by claiming a nanny of the same name kidnapped the toddler.

On Friday, a man named David Badali sued Anthony to recover the expenses he incurred as a diver who participated in the search for Caylee.

Attorneys for Anthony and her parents did not return calls from Reuters on Monday morning.

(Additional reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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WebMD – FDA Warning – FDA: Repairing Pelvic Organ Prolapse With Mesh Risky

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

Risks Include Pain, Infection, Need for Additional Surgery
By Denise Mann
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Surgical clamps in tray

July 13, 2011 — The risks of placing mesh through the vagina to repair pelvic organ prolapse may outweigh its benefits, according to the FDA.

Risks include mesh protruding out of the vaginal tissue (erosion),pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation from tools used in the mesh placement, and urinary problems.  Additional surgeries and/or hospitalization may be needed to treat the complications or remove the mesh.

During pelvic organ prolapse, the internal structures that support the pelvic organs such as the bladder, uterus, and bowel drop from their normal position and “prolapse” into the vagina. Pelvic organ prolapse surgery can also be performed through the abdomen or vagina with stitches or surgical mesh to reinforce the repair and correct the anatomy. Surgical mesh is also widely used in hernia repairs and to treat stress incontinence.

In 2010, there were at least 100,000 pelvic organ prolapse repairs that used surgical mesh, and about 75,000 of these were transvaginal. These are the only procedures that the new FDA mesh warning applies to.

The FDA first issued a safety communication in 2008 after they received reports of adverse events associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh. Since then, the number of adverse events has increased, although they don’t always differentiate between transvaginal and abdominal procedures. The group also reviewed the literature on the use of mesh for this procedure.

Now, the FDA will convene an outside panel of experts in obstetrics and gynecology to meet in September 2011 and discuss the safety and effectiveness of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

FDA: Risks Outweigh Benefits

“We do not see conclusive evidence that using mesh for the transvaginal approach to pelvic organ prolapse improves clinical outcomes anymore than transvaginal procedures that do not use mesh,” says William Maisel, MD, the deputy center director for science at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health in Silver Spring, Md. “These devices appear to expose patients to greater risks.”

“Mesh is a permanent implant, and complete removal may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications,” he says.

“This is not an indictment of surgical mesh,” he says. “We are talking about a very specific use of surgical mesh.”

There may still be a role for mesh in certain transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse procedures, he says.

“Some clinicians believe that the use of mesh for transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse is appropriate and is the best treatment option for selective patients such as those with severe pelvic organ prolapse,” he says.

Women who have had surgery for pelvic organ prolapse need to understand whether or not their procedure involved mesh. “For someone considering having a procedure for pelvic organ prolapse, speak with a doctor and understand if the surgery is going to use mesh, and ask about the benefits and why the decision was made,” he says.

Many Support FDA Action

Elizabeth A. Poynor, MD, a pelvic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, has never used mesh for transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse and likely never will.

“I don’t use mesh in my practice because I have seen a significant number of complications from other surgeons, and have seen how mesh erosion can be devastating for patients,” she says.

As to why use of mesh implants for this surgery took off in the first place, she says it may have a lot to do with the complexity of the procedure.

“This is one of the most detailed and complicated surgeries that we do and unless it is done correctly, it can have a significant chance of failing,” she says. Some surgeons believe the mesh boosts the chances of a successful surgery.

“There has been the general feeling that repairs are better and sounder if mesh is used, but mesh may not be better than the proper surgical correction,” she says.

“Women who are considering prolapse surgery should review the risks, benefits, and alternatives with their surgeon to make sure that it is the right choice,” Poynor says.

“This has been a long time coming,” says J. Eric Jelovsek, MD, a staff physician in the Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women’s Health Institute of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Mesh placed transvaginally for pelvic organ prolapse does have some anatomical benefit, but that is it, he says. “Quality of life is no different if mesh is placed or not, and women have a higher risk of complications,” he says.

“This doesn’t mean that you should never have mesh placed transvaginally. It means you have to have an in-depth discussion with your surgeon of the options,” he says.

For women who have had the procedure with mesh, “if you are feeling fine and doing well, there is no reason to come in and get this checked out, but if you have question or concerns, then come in,” he says.

Most of the complications will occur in the year or two after the surgery, but others such as vaginal bleeding, pain with sex, and severe pelvic pain may develop later on.

Robert F. Porges, MD, MPH, director of the division of pelvic reconstructive surgery and urogynecology and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City, seldomly uses mesh during transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse repair.

But, he says, “in some severe cases where the muscles of the pelvic floor have been severely damaged or failed to develop, replacing the muscle with mesh may play a role,” he says. “Most women deserve an attempt to repair the prolapse using their native tissues and unless it is a failure or a repeat failure, using the mesh may not be as valuable as made out to be,” he says.

In a written statement, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists applauded the FDA’s efforts. “The College supports FDA’s upcoming initiative to convene an advisory committee, the Obstetrics Gynecology Devices Panel, to discuss the safety and effectiveness of [mesh] and notes with appreciation FDA’s willingness to reconsider how it clears mesh products for marketing.”

© 2011 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.

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WebMD – Home Births on the Rise in the U.S.

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

Increase in Home Births Comes as Debate Over Safety Intensifies
By Brenda Goodman
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

May 20, 2011 — The number of women in the U.S. who gave birth at home rose 20% between 2004 and 2008, a new study shows.

Although home births represent only a fraction of the millions of babies delivered in the U.S. each year, researchers say the bump is significant because it follows a steady, 15-year decline in the practice and comes at a time of intense debate over the safety of home births.

A review paper published in 2010, for example, found the risk of newborn death was two to three times higher for babies born during planned home births compared to planned hospital births.

The review generated so much criticism that the journal that published it, The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, took the unusual step of having independent experts revisit its methods and conclusions.

In the end, the journal published a fuller explanation of the findings, but the paper was not retracted.

In January, citing the evidence from the much scrutinized review, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists issued an opinion discouraging home births.

The World Health Organization, the American College of Nurse Midwives, the American Public Health Association, and the National Perinatal Association all support home and out-of-hospital births for low-risk women.

The current study will likely further fuel the discussion, since it found that home births appear to be getting safer.

From 2004 to 2008, rates of preterm births and low birth weights had dropped slightly among infants born at home, by 16% and 17% respectively.

Women Who Opt for Home Birth

The study found that college-educated white women in their 30s and 40s who have already had at least one child are the most likely to opt for home birth.

The rate of home births rose 28% among non-Hispanic white women from 2004 to 2008, a greater increase than was seen in any other racial or ethnic group. There was also a slight rise, 0.03%, among Asian mothers.

Rates of home births declined slightly among African-American women over that time period and held steady for American Indians and Hispanics.

Overall, there were 28,357 home births in the U.S. in 2008, representing 0.67% of all the babies born that year. In 2004, home births accounted for 0.56% of the total.

Why More Women Are Giving Birth at Home

Researchers who have watched the trend believe it may signal a growing desire among expectant mothers to have more control over the kinds of procedures that are used to deliver the baby, particularly cesarean sections.

“Our study is based on birth certificates, so I don’t have direct data on why, but certainly we’ve seen a lot of discussion and interest recently in the birthing process,” says study researcher Marian F. MacDorman, PhD, a statistician in reproductive health at the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md.

“For example, a lot of concern about the rising C-section rate, rising medical interventions, induction of labor, episiotomy, and so forth,” MacDorman tells WebMD.

“I think there’s a certain group of women who maybe feel nervous about going to the hospital and maybe having a C-section they didn’t want or something like that,” she says.

Other experts say that rings true.

“They are people who have had control over their lives, so they want control over this,” says Annette E. Fineberg, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in the department of women’s health at the Sutter West Medical Group, in Davis, Calif.

Feinberg recently wrote a commentary forObstetrics & Gynecology on the rise in home births, but she was not involved in the study.

She says many of her patients have voiced concerns about a hospital birth experience, hoping they’ll have a better chance of delivering a baby vaginally if they give birth at home.

Sometimes, they’re right, she says.

Home Births and C-Sections

“There is currently a cesarean epidemic in the United States,” says Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the center for women’s health at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland.

Caughey is researching home births but was not involved in the current study.

He points to the numbers: In 1996, 21% of births were C-sections, but by 2009, that number was 32%, a 50% increase, “making cesarean delivery the most common surgery that a woman under the age of 50 will have.”

Fear of lawsuits has driven some doctors to order C-sections instead of waiting for labor to progress.

“The saying in the profession is that ‘nobody is ever sued for the cesarean delivery they did too soon,'” Caughey says.

And many hospitals refuse to let women who’ve had one C-section deliver their next baby vaginally, even though most can do so safely, a policy that sends some women looking for other options.

At the same time, he says, it’s clear that doing more cesareans hasn’t improved the health of mothers or infants.

“There wasn’t then a dramatic decline in birth injury. It’s not like we somehow improved outcomes with that cesarean delivery,” he says.

Most mothers and infants recover well after C-sections, but the procedures require a longer healing time than vaginal deliveries, up to four to six weeks, and there are additional risks of bleeding, infection, or reactions to anesthesia.

In addition, the March of Dimes says babies born by C-section are more likely to have breathing problems than babies that are delivered vaginally. And though it’s not clear why, moms who have C-sections are less likely to breastfeed.

C-sections may also cost more than vaginal births.

Midwives See Increased Interest

The majority of babies that are born at home, about 60%, are delivered by midwives, the study found.

And midwives say they’ve noticed an increase in demand.

“We started out our practice doing eight to 12 births per month and now we’re doing twice that number,” says Alice Bailes, a certified nurse midwife who has a practice in Alexandria, Va., with Marsha Jackson, who is also a certified nurse midwife.

The women who come to them, they say, are well informed, and are looking to avoid invasive births and procedures they may not want. They also may have been born at home themselves and want to continue the tradition.

“Women are having fewer babies and they do a lot of research. The Internet is available,” Jackson says. “They do a lot of research to look at all the different options to be sure that the practitioner that they work with is going to help them have the type of birth that they desire.”

Weighing the Risks of Home Birth

Even in normal pregnancies that have progressed without a hitch, Caughey says things that happen during labor and delivery can make the birth risky to mother or baby.

“I think that the evidence would suggest that if you have a birth far away from the ability to do an emergency cesarean delivery, complications could occur that could lead to morbidity and mortality in the babies,” Caughey says.

“What is that number? It’s maybe one per thousand or two per thousand,” babies that will run into trouble, he says. “It’s not a big number. It’s not a dramatic number.”

“That needs to be played off a person’s preferences, what a person wants, and what risks they want to take.”

For healthy, normal pregnancies, Fineberg thinks home births are a reasonable option.

But she worries that some women who are opting for birth at home, particularly mothers who are over age 40, may not realize the increased risks they face.

“Statistically, they have a much higher chance of having interventions in labor, that’s been shown in quite a few studies,” she says.

From a midwife’s perspective, women with pre-existing medical conditions should probably avoid home birth.

“If you have heart conditions, high blood pressuregestational diabetesmultiple births, or breech births, those aren’t the people we feel are appropriate candidates for home birth,” Jackson says.


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TruTV – Death In The Family

Posted by 4love2love on July 10, 2011

TruTV has started a story of the play by play of the Anthony case. Little Caylee Anthony, only 2 years old, vanished one day in Florida and no one called to report her missing for over a month. This is page one & two, you can read it for yourself on the’s website, and follow it as the story continues to be documented and translated into the story type re-writing they do, triple checking their facts before publishing them. It helps us see a more explanatory angle from the whole case.

Caylee Anthony


Caylee (right) with her mother Casey Anthony

Caylee (right) with her mother Casey

ORLANDO, Fla. — Casey Anthony waited at least a month before reporting that her daughter Caylee, 2, was missing. And even then, it wasn’t Casey who called the Sheriff’s Office to report that the toddler had been abducted. It was Casey’s mother, Cynthia Anthony.

At 8:44 p.m. on July 15, 2008, Cindy Anthony called Orange County 911. After initially reporting that she wanted her 22-year-old daughter arrested for stealing her car, Cindy told the dispatcher, “I have a 3-year-old that’s missing for a month.” Caylee was then three weeks shy of her third birthday.

The dispatcher sounded shocked when she asked if Cindy had reported the missing baby.

“I’m trying to do that now, ma’am,” Cindy said. She explained to the dispatcher that her daughter had stolen her car and some money and had disappeared four weeks ago. “She’s been missing for a month,” Cindy said. “I found her, but I can’t find my granddaughter.”

Caylee (center) with her grandparents George and Cynthia Anthony.

Caylee (center) with her grandparents
George and Cynthia Anthony.

The dispatcher said she was sending a sheriff’s unit to the Anthony’s house on Hopespring Drive, just outside the city limits of Orlando.

An hour later, Cindy called 911 again. This time she sounded panicked. “There’s something wrong,” she told the dispatcher. “I found my daughter’s car today. It smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.” Cindy said she had not seen her granddaughter since the middle of June.

The dispatcher asked to speak to Caylee’s mother. Casey got on the line. “My daughter’s been missing for 31 days,” she said. “I know who has her. I’ve tried to contact her.” Casey told the dispatcher she got a call from Caylee earlier that day, but the call only lasted a minute before someone hung up the phone. When she tried to call the number back, Casey said, it was out of service.

Casey claimed her nanny, a woman she identified as Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, whom she said had been babysitting Caylee for nearly two years, had kidnapped the little girl.

“Why are you calling now?” the incredulous dispatcher asked. “Why didn’t you call 31 days ago?”

“I’ve been looking for her and going through other resources to try to find her, which was stupid,” Casey said.

From the beginning, something about the story didn’t sound right. A young mother waiting an entire month to report that her daughter, not quite 3 years old, had been kidnapped? Soon, though, the story would take an even more sinister turn and would capture the attention of the nation.





A Bizarre Story

After Orange County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Anthony house, Casey spun them a truly strange tale. She claimed to have last seen Caylee on June 9, sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., when she dropped her off at the home of her nanny, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, who lived in Apartment 210 of the Sawgrass Apartments on South Conway Road.

Casey Anthony

Casey Anthony

Zenaida had been babysitting Caylee for nearly two years, according to Casey, and for the last few months she had been dropping Caylee off at the Sawgrass apartment. Before that, Casey had taken her daughter to Zenaida’s mother’s condominium near Michigan Avenue and South Conway Road; and prior to that, to another apartment Zenaida had lived in on North Hillside Drive.

Casey told the detectives she had met Zenaida through a friend named Jeff Hopkins, who used to work with her at Universal Studios. Zenaida used to watch Hopkins’ son, Zachary. In fact, when Zenaida had first started babysitting Caylee, Casey used to drop her off at Jeff Hopkins’ apartment, where Zenaida was also caring for Jeff’s son.

On June 9, after dropping Caylee off with her nanny, Casey went to her office at Universal Studios, where she worked as an event planner. When she returned to Zenaida’s apartment around 5:00 p.m. no one was home. She said she called Zenaida’s cell phone, but the number was out of service.

After waiting around for two hours, Casey went to her new boyfriend’s apartment, which she described as “one of the few places I felt at home.” She lived there for the next month, she said, and spent that time looking for her daughter and avoiding her parents. She said she did not tell her boyfriend that her daughter was missing.

The rest of the story, of course, is here, at least what they’ve done so far. Depending on what happens next, more information could cause them to add an update later on.

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Posted by 4love2love on July 10, 2011

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A lover’s quarrel quickly got out of hand in Daytona Beach, FL when a pregnant woman shot her boyfriend, say police. The woman kept a gun under her pillow, and at first, the shooting seemed like self-defense.

Patricia Jaggon (pictured) allegedly fired this gun at Bobby Cord, 58, striking him in the arm and chest and wounding him. When the police showed up and asked where the suspect was, Jaggon stepped forward and said “Here I am.”

Now, here comes the dumb!

Jaggon, 27, pulled this stunt in front of seven children while six months pregnant. These blabbermouths told the cops the actual truth about what happened. Out of the mouths of bitter babes.

One child being interviewed by officers reported that Jaggon intended to fill a sock with lemons and beat herself up with it. Nice. The “ol’ beat myself up after I shoot someone trick”. That can work if you don’t tell that in advance to a bunch of kids who clearly don’t like you.

Then another child told police about a text exchange they had with Jaggon in which she wrote she was going to kill Cord because she’s tired of him and only stays with him because “he drives a nice car.”

Dang Patricia, that’s cold. Sure, maybe you were too good for him with those looks of yours and charming personality, but don’t try to instill that kind of logic into your kids. Clearly it backfired because you have been charged with attempted murder and they won’t be seeing you for a while.

We hope that you meet a man with a nicer car who’s more on your level next time.

Police: Pregnant woman shoots boyfriend near children


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Seattle PI – Verdict brought few answers in Caylee Anthony case

Posted by 4love2love on July 10, 2011

TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press
Updated 09:29 a.m., Sunday, July 10, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Many of the thousands who followed the Casey Anthony trial did not get the guilty verdict they wanted, nor did they learn the truth about what happened to the 2-year-old daughter she was accused of murdering.

And for the public, that may be one of the most frustrating parts of the case: Despite all the speculation and theories, they will never know how or why Caylee Anthony died.

“I think we know as much as we ever will know,” said Beth Hough, a 27-year-old administrative assistant from Chicago who followed the trial. “We don’t know exactly what happened, but if we did, it would help people to finally just move on and to end the story.”

That’s what’s missing: an ending. And because we’re so used to neatly packaged, hour-long TV crime dramas where the bad guy is usually put behind bars, the fact Anthony could be convicted only of lying to police has left people unsatisfied. And they have been vocal about their dismay, turning to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustration.

So what’s left? Some fuzzy defense claims that little Caylee drowned and that her grandfather tried to make an accident look like a homicide.

“One of the quite healthy and appropriate satisfactions we get out of a well-functioning justice system is the belief that the justice system will give us the best answers to questions,” said Doug Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University.

A little girl ended up dead in the woods near her grandparents’ home with duct tape over her mouth, and her mother didn’t report her disappearance for more than a month. But how did Caylee die?

That’s where it gets complicated.

The defense said Caylee drowned in the family’s swimming pool. Prosecutors couldn’t say how Caylee died because the girl’s body was too decomposed to harvest DNA or other forensic evidence. So the state relied on circumstantial evidence: the trunk of Casey’s car smelled like a dead body to some witnesses; someone did an internet search for chloroform — a chemical that can be used to knock someone unconscious — at the Anthony home; and there was duct tape on Caylee’s skull when it was found six months after she was last seen in June 2008.

“If we don’t know how Caylee died, we can’t assign responsibility for the factors that led to her death. So there’s no justice,” said Maryann Gajos, a 51-year-old mother of two and a sixth-grade reading teacher in Inverness, Fla. “Watching all of these crime shows has spoiled all of us. In TV shows, the coroner always has the answer.”

But in this case, the coroner didn’t have the answer. Dr. Jan Garavaglia told the jury that Caylee had been murdered, but she couldn’t establish exactly how she died from only a skeleton.

And in the life-imitates-TV irony of this case, Garavaglia is also the star of her own reality TV show on Discovery Health Channel called “Dr. G: Medical Examiner,” in which she solves cases through autopsies.

“It’s frustrating that they can’t come up for a definitive reason for this girl dying,” said Sherri Cohen, a self-employed photographer from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “Archaeologists can tell you about bones that were found thousands of years ago, but they can’t tell you how a 3-year-old girl died three years ago.”

How Casey Anthony acted in the weeks and months after Caylee’s disappearance also contribute to the perception of whether the jury ultimately delivered justice.

“I feel that the way Casey Anthony behaved during the month her baby was ‘missing’ and her lies to the police and others have really frustrated people who want to see justice served,” said Marjorie Stout of Pinellas County, Fla., the same area where the jury was chosen because of the intense publicity in the Orlando area. “Not just for what is perceived to be murdering one’s own child but her lack of concern for Caylee as well.”

Berman, the Ohio State professor, has another theory about why folks are so frustrated: Casey Anthony never spoke. The defense made a strategic decision for Anthony not to testify — a decision that clearly worked in her favor, he said.

“It’s not just that the jury decision came out differently than we had hoped, it’s that the jury decision wasn’t a statement of her innocence. It was a statement of ‘We can’t figure out what happened.’ And in some sense, that’s even more frustrating than if the jury said, ‘We don’t think she did it.'”

That’s only amplified by the circumstances surrounding the case. After all, plenty of people are acquitted at trial because there isn’t enough evidence, said Jennifer Zedalis, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. But, she said, “there aren’t a lot of cases where that happens where the victim is a 2-year-old and the mother was out partying when her daughter was missing or dead.”

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ExtremeTech – US Army spent $2.7 billion on a battlefield computer that doesn’t work

Posted by 4love2love on July 9, 2011

By Sebastian Anthony on July 5, 2011 at 11:11 am


It has emerged that the multi-billion-dollar DCGS-A military computer system that was designed to help the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan simply doesn’t work. DCGS-A is meant to accrue intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and provide real-time battlefield analysis and the current location of high-value targets. According to two former intelligence officers that have worked with the system, however, it has hindered the war effort rather than helped.

This story has developed over the last year, beginning with a memo sent by Major General Michael Flynn, the Army’s top intelligence officer stationed in Afghanistan. In the memo [PDF], Flynn damns the apparent ineffectiveness of DCGS-A: “Analysts cannot provide their commanders a full understanding of the operational environment. Without the full understanding of the enemy and human terrain, our operations are not as successful as they could be. This shortfall translates into operational opportunities missed and lives lost.”

The memo reached the ears of several Representatives on July 19 2010, who then asked the US Army to consider switching to another, proven system that the FBI and CIA use: Palantir. The Army refused, and instead rolled out a software update that was meant to fix any issues. Unfortunately, according to the former intelligence officers, the system is still unusable. “You couldn’t share thedata,” says one of the former officers, and they both agree that the system is “prone to crashes and frequently going off-line.”

“Almost any commercial solution out there would be better,” said one. “It doesn’t work. It’s not providing the capabilities that they need,” said the other.

This isn’t the first time that the US Army — or indeed any sovereign armed force — has spent a lot of money on a system that doesn’t work. With such huge budgets, and massive systems and weapons with additional expenditure that can’t possibly be accounted for ahead of time, military spending nearly always turns into case of throwing good money after bad. Still, to spend almost $3 billion on a broken system, while proven, out-of-the-box alternatives like Palantir are readily and cheaply available, is pretty darn special.

Read more at Politico or read more about DCGS-A\

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MSNCB – Charges too harsh in teen’s sex-doll prank?

Posted by 4love2love on July 9, 2011

Legal experts question felony charges in Indiana high school case

Image: Tyell Morton

Rush County Sheriff  /  AP

Tyell Morton, 18, is charged with a felony for leaving a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom at Rushville Consolidated High School in Indianapolis on the last day of school.
updated 7/5/2011 6:28:54 PM ET
INDIANAPOLIS — When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn’t expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he’d be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record.

The senior prank gone awry has raised questions of race, prosecutorial zeal and the post-Columbine mindset in a small Indiana town and around the country, The Indianapolis Star reported in its Tuesday editions.

Legal experts question the appropriateness of the charges against Morton, and law professor Jonathan Turley at George Washington University posed a wider question about Morton’s case on his legal blog.

Jail for prank?
“The question is what type of society we are creating when our children have to fear that a prank (could) lead them to jail for almost a decade. What type of citizens are we creating who fear the arbitrary use of criminal charges by their government?”

A janitor at Rushville Consolidated High School saw Morton run away from the school May 31, and security footage showed a person in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves entering the school with a package and leaving five minutes later without it, according to court documents.

Administrators feared explosives, so they locked down the school and called police. K9 dogs and a bomb squad searched the building before finding the sex doll.

“We have reviewed this situation numerous times,” Rush County Schools Superintendent John E. Williams told the newspaper last week. “When you have an unknown intruder in the building, delivering an unknown package, we come up with the same conclusion. … We cannot be too cautious, in this day and age.”

Morton was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and institutional criminal mischief, a felony that carries the potential of two to eight years in prison.

“I know there has been plenty of pranks done at that school,” said Morton’s mother, Cammie Morton. “I went to that school. When I heard what they was charging him for, my heart just dropped.”

Joel Schumm, a professor at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, questioned the validity of the charges.

‘Don’t try to label the kid a felon’
“Their reaction is understandable, but use the school disciplinary process,” he said. “Don’t try to label the kid a felon for the rest of his life.”

The Rush County Prosecutor Philip J. Caviness told The Associated Press that he doesn’t intend to seek a prison term for Morton, but said school officials acted appropriately and that the charges are warranted.

“I’m pretty comfortable with the charges that we’ve filed,” he said.

Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts focused on Morton’s case recently in his nationally syndicated column, suggesting that Morton’s case was another example of unfair treatment for a black youth without a wealthy family.

Morton’s father brushed off that suggestion when Pitts asked him about it, and Morton’s mother declined to discuss that point with The Star.

Morton’s attorney, Robert Turner, also downplayed race, suggesting that the size of the small blue-collar city an hour southeast of Indianapolis played a role.

“I don’t think they do this sort of thing very often,” Turner said. “Had this happened in Indianapolis … they would not have had this kind of charge filed.”

Morton’s mother said Tyell Morton wants to attend college, but is worried about the case.

“It’s stressful for Tyell,” Cammie Morton said. “He doesn’t know where his life is going to end up. He has been looking — I’ll just put it this way: He’s scared.”

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Huffington Post – Sydney Woman’s Remains Found Years After Death

Posted by 4love2love on July 9, 2011

SYDNEY — When an elderly Australian woman apparently vanished from view eight years ago, no one bothered to call the police. Not her relatives, her neighbors, or government officials, who kept paying her welfare benefits into a bank account that sat untouched.

New South Wales state police said Wednesday that they discovered the woman’s skeletal remains on the floor of her Sydney home on Tuesday, after her sister-in-law finally called them to report that she had not heard from the woman – who would have turned 87 next month – since 2003.

“It’s sad that the woman appears to have died several years ago without anyone noticing,” said police Acting Superintendent Zoran Dzevlan.

Police were trying to determine exactly when the woman died, but said they didn’t think the death was suspicious.

The woman, whose name was not released by police, was a recluse who had no relatives except for her sister-in-law, Dzevlan said. The two had a fight in 2003 and never spoke again. Police have not said why the sister-in-law waited years to report the woman missing, or what prompted her to call now.

As the years passed, utility companies cut off the power and water to the woman’s home, police said. Centrelink, the government’s welfare agency, continued to pay her benefits to her bank account, which remained untouched. Her mail had been redirected to her sister-in-law’s home before 2003, but eventually stopped. Neighbors told police they hadn’t seen her in years and assumed the house was vacant.

Police said the woman’s home was locked and furnished, but looked like no one had lived there for years.

“To hear today that an elderly lady can pass away, be dead for eight years and for Centrelink to still be sending checks to her bank account and for those checks not to be cashed – surely that must set off the alarm bells within government,” New South Wales Police Minister Mike Gallacher said.

“(It) really does highlight the need for this state and indeed our community to work closer at building relationships with our community,” he said.

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Care 2 – Update on Dexter, Kitten Beaten By Mother And Kids

Posted by 4love2love on July 9, 2011

by Sharon S.
June 21, 2011  4:05 pm
Update on Dexter, Kitten Beaten By Mother And Kids
Many concerned readers have asked for an update on the condition of Dexter, the kitten beaten at a Florida park by a woman and her two children.  While the small black and white kitten still needs constant care, he is making small strides towards recovery every day.

At 8 weeks old, Dexter and his sibling were allegedly beaten with an aluminum baseball bat at a park in Brooksville, Florida by 24-year-old Wilana Joenel Frazier and her 8 and 5 year-old sons.  The abuse took place in front of four children at the park.

One of the kittens died of its injuries, but Dexter was saved by one of the children who witnessed the beating. The boy wrapped the kitten in a T-shirt and carried him home.

Dexter suffered trauma to his brain and was bleeding from his nose and mouth. He was taken to PetLuv Nonprofit Spay and Neuter Clinic by Hernando County Animal Services and continues to be in their care.

Since Dexter’s rescue more of the details about the case have come to light. At first it was believed the kittens were brought to the park by Frazier, but Animal Services now thinks they were strays that happened to walk by the family.

Liana Teague, Code and Animal Service Manager for Animal Services reported that her agency set out humane traps to determine if there were more kittens from the litter at the park and to find Dexter’s mother. However at this time, no cats have been captured in the traps.

Teague also addressed the condition of the kitten. “Dexter is more responsive, but he still needs continuous care and 24-hour monitoring,” said Teague. “He suffered severe head trauma.”

When Dexter arrived at the PetLuv Clinic he was in critical care and developed a fever.  He didn’t move around much and had to be force fed. But day by day his caregivers saw small improvements in his condition. After two days at the clinic his fever subsided, he began to move a little and eat on his own.

Each day PetLuv gives an update about Dexter on Facebook. The clinic is amazed at the outpouring of support Dexter has received.

Here are the two latest updates:

Very happy to share the following update: He continues to eat on his own and after he makes a mess of himself by stepping in the food he is grooming his paws!! Over the weekend he started using the litterbox too!!! Now, here is the most exciting update…. he is very happy when following a little laser light toy! Yup, signs indicate that the little man can see it (or maybe shadows of it) when it’s very close…. yay!!!! Again, can’t stress enough that he has a long way to go BUT for now, he is progressing. Hope your Monday is going well, best wishes to all and keep all those paws crossed for our little furry fighter!!

Dexter continues to do well. No real changes to report… but no setbacks either – Yay!!! Will try and get more pictures over the next couple of days (maybe even a little video if we can get him to play!!) Many folks have made donations both calling the clinic and via our website… Thank you one and all, can’t say it enough… the support is overwhelming and greatly appreciated.

There have been requests to visit the little guy; unfortunately that is not a possibility. He is still a critical care patient and we must take all precautions to keep him progressing.

From all of us at PetLuv and on behalf of little Dexter…. THANK YOU!!!

Related Story: Kittens Beaten By Mother and Kids

Photo: Hernando County Animal Services

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