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911 delays during Fourth of July holiday resulted in newborn’s death, family says

A mother in Omaha, Nebraska, said that her newborn died after her calls to 911 for help went unanswered. 

Joanna Coddington told KETV she called 911 three times after delivering her baby girl at home on July 5, three months before her due date.

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Coddington and her mother said they tried to call 911 for over 15 minutes from several phones, but kept getting a busy signal, KETV reports.

They raced the child to the hospital, where the baby later died.

“Nobody knows what the possibilities are if 911 could have came. But the end result is the same and that's that Baby Angel isn't with us,” said Coddington’s mother, Theresa Kerby.

Douglas County 911 director Dave Sleeter told KETV that emergency dispatchers were tied up with people complaining about fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

He said that 434 fireworks complaints were reported on July 5, compared to 171 on the same day last year.

“The next day, I learned it was mostly fireworks calls. Non-emergencies. That just infuriated me, because real emergencies, of life and death, were not able to get through. All because someone’s sleep was inconvenienced,” said Kerby.

Sleeter said that the dispatch center is reviewing this incident and is considering setting up a non-emergency number for the public.

Beach umbrella spears woman at New Jersey beach

A gust of wind and a beach umbrella have left a woman from the United Kingdom with an injury to her ankle. 

Police said Margaret Reynolds, 67, was injured when a part of an aluminum umbrella went through her right ankle in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

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Police said the injury was caused by the force of the wind, The Asbury Park Press reported.

Firefighters had to cut part of umbrella using a bolt cutter to be able to remove it from Reynolds and to be able to transport her to an area hospital, The Asbury Park Press reported.

No other details, including her condition, have been released, The Associated Press reported.

Boy shot in head with BB gun speaks, eats for first time since incident

A Florida boy has uttered his first words since suffering brain damage from a BB gun shot to the head.

Elijah Hill, 12, continues to improve each day.

“A week and a half ago, my baby was fighting for his life. Just look at him now,” said Ashantae Hill.

Monday, the 12-year-old ate on his own for the first time since he was shot by another child July 2 in a Brunswick neighborhood.

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“In the beginning, my baby was just completely lifeless,” Hill said.

Hill said she was told there wasn’t much hope for her son.

“The bullet entered through his left temple and it traveled through his brain and it’s now sitting in the back of his right side of his skull,” she said.

But just days later, this little guy fought back.

“Today was my first time I heard my baby speak in almost two weeks,” Hill said.

Now breathing on his own, talking, and eating, Hill calls her child's recovery a miracle.

“I’m so grateful today to have my son with me alive and breathing, and he’s getting better by the day, better by the day,” she said.

If you would like to help the family with Elijah’s medical costs, click HERE

Photos: Prince Louis christened

Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Update 8:08 a.m. EDT July 17: The British royal family has released an additional photo from the christening of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do,” Kensington Palace tweeted Monday.

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Matt Porteous, who took the photo, also shared the image on Instagram.

“It was an honour and a privilege to photograph the christening of Prince Louis,” he wrote.

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Original report: The British royal family released four official portraits Sunday from the christening of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

>> PHOTOS: Prince Louis christened

According to Kensington Palace, Matt Holyoak took the new photos last Monday at Clarence House after the 2-month-old prince was christened at Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace.

>> Prince Louis christened: Prince George, Princess Charlotte join royal family at ceremony

In the portraits, Catherine, formerly known as Kate Middleton, beams as she holds the newest royal. Prince William and children Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, also smile for the camera in three of the shots.

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Other photos include Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton; her brother, James Middleton; her sister, Pippa Middleton, who is pregnant; and Pippa's husband, James Matthews.

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Man walks nearly 20 miles to get to job after car breaks down, boss gives him his own vehicle

A man in Alabama no longer has to walk where he needs to go. 

Walter Carr was all set to start a new job with Bellhops Moving, but his car broke down. Instead of calling off, or borrowing a set of wheels, he started walking, starting at midnight, to get to the job nearly 20 miles away, WBMA reported.

Pelham police officers saw him walking, offered him a ride and took him to breakfast before taking him to the moving job. 

Carr had been walking for about four hours when police offered him the ride, WIAT reported.

Jennifer Lamey hired Bellhops Moving, and Carr, and posted to Facebook about his dedication. His story made it all the way to the home office and the company’s CEO Luke Marklin.

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Marklin made sure that his employee would not have to walk to work again and gave him the keys to his own car, a 2014 Ford Escape. 

Lamey also started a GoFundMe campaign in the name of Carr. She had hoped to raise $2,000, but in one day, raised more than four times that amount.

Mom accused of having sex with son's 15-year-old friend, giving them weed and alcohol

A Tennessee woman has been charged with statutory rape after police say she had sex with a 15-year-old boy. 

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According to the arrest affidavit, Melissa Lumpkin of Arlington had some of her son's friends over after a football game in 2016.

The victim told police that Lumpkin gave him and three other boys alcohol and marijuana, which she drank and smoked with them, according to police documents.

Court records said Lumpkin was sitting on the couch with the teen when the other boys went out to smoke. While they were alone, he started touching her and the two started kissing. 

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Eventually, the boys returned and Lumpkin stopped kissing the teen, the affidavit said. Later that evening, the teen reportedly began kissing and touching Lumpkin again. The victim said Lumpkin stopped kissing him and went into her bedroom, according to the affidavit.

The arrest affidavit said the victim waited two hours for his friends to fall asleep. He then woke her up, and the two had consensual sex, according to the arrest affidavit.

The boy told some friends the next day what had happened. One of his friends told their father, who informed the victim's family. 

Lumpkin was arrested Thursday.

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Costco removes Polish hot dogs from its food court menu, Sam’s Club resurrects the fan favorite

If Costco won’t serve the Polish hot dog at its food court, then Sam’s Club will. 

Costco announced last week that it was pulling the Polish hot dog, or kielbasa, along with other food court favorites from its menu, giving the space to healthier food like acai bowls, The Washington Post reported. Hot dog fans were up in arms over it, even starting a Change.org petition to bring it back. 

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But there is hope for hot dog-loving shoppers: Sam’s Club.

The Costco competitor has listened to the pleas and are offering its quarter pound Polish hot dogs for 99 cents starting July 23, the “Today” show reported.

And you don’t have to have a membership to the club to partake, Us Weekly reported.

A Sam’s Club spokesperson told “Today” that the company added to the menu in response to Costco dropping theirs.

Missing Florida mom's body found in Georgia, family says

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that the body of missing Florida woman Jennifer Perry was found, and the man found driving her car will face new charges.

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Search crews found a woman's body while searching for Perry in Charlton County on Friday night.

The GBI confirmed Monday that the body belongs to Perry, a 38-year-old Bryceville mother.

Perry was reported missing on Wednesday. A day later, Delbert Lamar Goodman was seen driving her truck in Baker County, Florida.

Deputies arrested Goodman on drug charges. 

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GBI investigators said a warrant has been issued for Goodman for concealing the death of another person.

Goodman is already in jail in Baker County.

Perry's death is being investigated as a homicide, GBI investigators said.

Anyone with information about her death is asked to contact GBI at 912-729-6198.

Day care provider gets probation for trying to hang toddler, running over 2 men

A Minnesota home day care worker has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for trying to hang a toddler and running over two men.

>> PREVIOUSLY: Police: Day care worker arrested, accused of trying to hang child

According to KARE, Nataliia Karia of Minneapolis was arrested in November 2016 after authorities said she hanged a toddler in her care from a homemade noose in her basement. Karia fled after Joseph Sabir, the father of another child at the day care, rescued the toddler, who survived the incident, the station reported. She drove off in her minivan, running over and injuring two men before she tried to kill herself by jumping from a bridge, authorities said.

>> Man suspected of nearly beating girlfriend's daughter to death

Although Karia, who was charged with attempted murder and criminal vehicular operation, pleaded guilty, her attorneys said years of abuse by her husband sparked her actions and caused her to become mentally ill.

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In addition to the probation time, Judge Jay Quam on Monday sentenced Karia to "court-ordered mental health treatment and electronic home monitoring for at least two months," the Star Tribune reported. Karia also can't visit her own children without supervision, according to the newspaper.

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