THREE daycare workers who allegedly gave toddlers melatonin-laced gummy bears to ensure smoother nap times are facing serious criminal charges. A police spokesman in Des Plaines, Ill., tells Peoplethat managers at the Kiddie Junction Daycare Center called authorities after discovering workers had been giving the gummy bears to 2-year-olds to "calm the kids down for nap time." Commander Chris Mierzwa says the teacher told police two of her colleagues had been doing the same thing, and it had been going on for more than a year. Kristen Lauletta, 32; Jessica Heyse, 19; and Ashley Helfenbein, 25, have been charged with two counts of child endangerment and two counts of battery each.
Photo Credit: Police and workers inspect the building Friday where 12 people died in a fire in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Fire officials say New York City's deadliest fire in a quarter-century was caused by a 3-year-old boy playing with the burners on a kitchen stove. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the boy, who had a history of playing with the stove, screamed to alert his mom to the fire around 7pm Thursday, reports CNN. The family fled the 25-unit apartment building in the Bronx and left their first-floor door open, causing flames to quickly spread into the century-old building's stairwell, which acted "like a chimney," Nigro says. Though the building was cited for defective smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in August, per the Los Angeles Times, "it does not appear that there was anything problematic about the building," Mayor Bill de Blasio said on his weekly radio show Friday, per the New York Daily News. "It seems like a horrible, tragic accident."
Questions To Ask When Choosing A Daycare
Questions to ask when choosing a daycare! Choosing a day care is not an easy experience. Even after you do your research and have your list of places to interview, they may have a waiting list months long. I recommend looking way in advance of when you think you will be placing your child. Especially if you need infant care since the teacher to infant care ratio is much lower (thankfully) than a 2-year-old’s care ratio of teacher to child.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, our thoughts turn to buying, giving and receiving gifts, visiting friends and family, and sharing delightful culinary experiences. However, there are others whose thoughts are occupied with unattended electronic/appliance-filled houses or apartments, distracted shoppers with extra cash in a purse or wallet, or the next “con job” in the name of a charity. Buyers also need to be aware of counterfeiters who want to entice them with promised bargains. Bargains that may be costly in the end. Counterfeit products may threaten our health and safety.
Photo source: Newborn Emma, who was frozen as an embryo about a quarter-century ago. (National Embryo Donation Center)
A 26-year-old woman in Tennessee has given birth to a baby girl, but this otherwise everyday event comes with a remarkable twist. The embryo that resulted in the birth was frozen 24 years ago, meaning mom and baby are in one sense nearly the same age. "This embryo and I could have been best friends," Tina Gibson of Clinton tells CNN. The National Embryo Donation Center, which facilitated the procedure, says in a release that last month's birth of Emma Wren Gibson sets the record for the longest-frozen embryo becoming a baby. An anonymous couple had the embryo frozen back in 1992, when Gibson was all of 18 months old, and the NEDC thawed the fertilized egg in March and implanted it in Gibson, reports USA Today.
Photo source: Lizandra Cosme. (Cook County Sheriff's Office)
Two workers at a Chicago day care were fired and arrested after a disturbing incident that left five toddlers injured. Police say surveillance video captured one of the workers burning the 2-year-olds with a hot glue gun while the other woman watched and laughed, People reports. Lizandra Cosme, 32, has been charged with five counts of aggravated battery of a child causing great bodily harm, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Susana Gonzalez, 27, faces five misdemeanor charges of causing the circumstances of child endangerment over the Dec. 1 incident at the Children's Place day care. It's not clear how seriously the children were injured.
Christmas is a time of miracles. Children and adults are all waiting for gifts. And the most enterprising kids pick up pencil and paper and write their dreams and wishes directly to Santa Claus.
Bright Side collected 24 of the most ridiculous and cute letters ever sent to Santa.
Photo Source: A screenshot of the list. (SplashData )
As Time points out, it's been a banner year for hacks, from Equifax's totally avoidable breach to Yahoo's eventual admission that all 3 billion accounts were compromised. SplashData ran an analysis of some 5 million leaked passwords to come up with its list of the 100 most used, and, therefore, "Worst Passwords of the Year." Lifehacker reports that SplashData projects that 1 in 10 computer users have used at least of the passwords on the list. Many are frequent offenders, and will come as no surprise. The top 5 is, as you might expect: 123456, Password, 12345678, qwerty, and 12345. But some that make the list are seemingly more random or quirky. We've flagged 20 such entries, and note their rank on the list.
- letmein (7)
- monkey (13)
- starwars (16)
- dragon (18)
- freedom (22)
- trustno1 (25)
- harley (28)
- buster (39)
- ferrari (43)
- cheese (44)
- sunshine (55)
- tigger (56)
- merlin (58)
- banana (61)
- cookie (68)
- jessica (74)
- dallas (79)
- passwor (80)
- ginger (97)
- thunder (100)