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Debra Harrell, the South Carolina woman who was arrested after her 9-year-old daughter was found playing alone outside while she was at work, has been fired from her job at McDonald's, her lawyer said on Tuesday. read more
A seven-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly starved and weighed only 25 pounds when he arrived at a hospital. The boy's mother, Mary Rader, 28, and his grandparents, Dennis and Deana Beighley, turned themselves in at the Mercer County District Attorney's office Wednesday and were charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint of a minor, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, according to court documents. The only time the home-schooled boy was allowed outside was on the back porch, where the sometimes fed on bugs. read more
A Florida jury awarded a widow $23.6 billion in punitive damages in her lawsuit against tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Cynthia Robinson claimed that smoking killed her husband, Michael Johnson, in 1996. He began smoking at age 13 in 1973 and was just 36 when he died of lung cancer. Robinson argued that R.J. Reynolds was negligent in not informing him that nicotine is addictive and smoking can cause lung cancer. The case was once part of a class-action lawsuit in which a jury awarded $145 billion in damages, but the Florida Supreme Court overturned that verdict in 2006 and ruled that individual lawsuits against tobacco companies may be permitted. read more
A South Carolina mother was jailed for leaving left her nine-year-old daughter at a nearby park for hours while she worked. Debra Harrell let the child play at Summerfield Park in North Augusta while she worked at a McDonald's 1.5 miles away. A mother found out the child was left there alone on the third day and called police. She's been charged with unlawful conduct towards a child and the girl is in the custody of the Department of Social Services. read more