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Australian senator makes history breastfeeding her daughter

An Australian senator made history on Tuesday when she brought her daughter to work

Sen. Larissa Waters breastfed her 2-month-old daughter, Alia Joy, during a vote on the Parliament floor in Australia.

Alia became the “first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament” in the country, the senator tweeted

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“Women are going to continue to have babies, and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby ... the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that,” Katy Gallagher, an Australian politician, told the Telegraph

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According to the Telegraph, Australian Senate guidelines were changed in 2016 to allow parents to “briefly care for their infants on the floor of parliament.” The previous policy allowed breastfeeding, but only in the chamber, The Telegraph reported. 

Icelandic politician Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir made headlines last year after she breastfed her daughter while speaking to Parliament in October. 

“She was hungry, and I had not expected to go to the pulpit,” Konráðsdóttir, who is chair of the parliamentary Judicial Affairs and Education Committee said at the time, according to The Independent. “Then another MP (member of Parliament) was giving statements on a bill that I put forward on the behalf of the Judicial Affairs Committee, to which I had to respond. So I either had to tear the baby girl off me and leave her crying with the MP sitting next to me or just take her with me, and I thought it would cause less disturbance to take her with me.”

Read more at the Telegraph

Dog saves family with 9 children from house fire

A dog in Des Moines, Iowa, is being called a hero after alerting a mother and her nine sleeping children to a fire in the middle of the night.

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On March 15, mom Angela Fullmer woke up to the sound of the family’s dog, Capone, barking loudly in the kitchen, the Des Moines Register reported.

At first, she called the dog’s name while still lying in bed, but Capone refused to budge.

She finally got out of bed to find a fire burning in the electrical outlet of the microwave.

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She quickly grabbed her infant and toddler and called on her 12-year-old son to get the other children out of bed and out of the house.

Within minutes, everyone was outside, including Capone, and soon the house was engulfed in flames.

“We always do a roll call every time we get in the van,” Fullmer told the Des Moines Register. “They’re used to it.”

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The family lost everything in the fire, but escaped unscathed thanks to Capone.

Fullmer’s husband is a truck driver and rescued Capone about 18 months ago from the side of a highway.

“He’s pretty special,” said Fullmer.

The family entered Capone into the American Humane Hero Dog Awards. If you would like to vote, click here.

List ranks best, worst states for working mothers

If you’re a working mom in the Midwest, you may be in one of the best states to balance work and family life.

Credit score website Wallet Hub has released its list of the best and worst states for working mothers, according to a report from USA Today.

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According to the site, Wallet Hub determined the ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in three areas: child care in terms of day care quality, costs, pediatricians and school system quality; professional opportunities in terms of female unemployment rates, gender pay gap, median women’s salary and ratio of male to female execs; and work-life balance in terms of work week hours, parental leave policy, and commute time.

Vermont ranked No. 1 on Wallet Hub’s list, with Minnesota, New Jersey, Delaware and Connecticut rounding out the top five.

At the bottom of the list is Alabama, followed by Louisiana, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska.

Massachusetts came in at No. 6. New York is No. 9. In the middle of the list are California at No. 22, Florida at No. 24, North Carolina at No. 26, Washington state at No. 29, Tennessee at No. 31, Ohio at No. 32 and Texas at No. 33. Closer to the lower ranking are Oklahoma at No. 35, Georgia at No. 36, Pennsylvania at No. 40 and South Carolina at No. 41.

A map of the ranking, from Wallet Hub, can be seen below:

Photo captures heartbreaking moment police officer says goodbye to daughter

A photograph shared by a Georgia police officer will break your heart.

The photograph shows Officer Rob Fleming with the Clayton County Police Department saying goodbye to his little “princess” as he leaves for work.

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His daughter is in tears as Fleming buckles her into the car seat.

The Clayton County Police Department shared the sweet exchange on its Facebook page to humanize the people who wear the badge. 

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9-year-old bites, escapes from attempted kidnapper at Florida park

A girl told WFTV’s Angela Jacobs that she bit the hand of a man who tried to kidnap her at a Titusville, Florida, park.

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The attempted abduction happened at W.W. James Park.

The 9-year-old girl told WFTV that she went to put a blanket back in her parents car when a man in a car pulled up next to her. He got out and asked her if she wanted a ride. The girl said he told her would buy her treats and candy from a store if she went with him and then he grabbed her wrist. She said she replied no and instinctively bit him.

"When I was little, my dad told me if anyone tried to hurt me or kidnap me, just try to hurt them back or really bite them because your teeth are one of the most powerful muscles," the girl said.

>> On WFTV.com: PHOTOS: Alleged attempted kidnapping at Titusville park

The girl said she was able to break free and ran to her mother to report what happened.

“Be safe around strangers, because you never know if they can hurt you or not,” the girl told WFTV.

The mother of the little girl told WFTV that she was thankful her daughter was able to defend herself.

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"She was able to stop this from being the worst day of my life as a parent," the mother told WFTV.

The girl said the man was in a smaller convertible with a white stripe along its side. She described as the attempted kidnapper as a white man in his 50s or 60s with hazel eyes, a shaved spot on his head with gray hair on the sides and a crooked finger.

Police told Jacobs that they're working on a composite sketch to release to the public. Visit WFTV.com for updates.

School bus aide appears to hit child with autism in shocking video

The parents of an elementary school student with autism say they have obtained a video allegedly showing a school bus aide hitting their daughter across the face.

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“My blood boils,” the girl’s father, Nicholas Rushing, of New Lenox, Illinois, told WLS-TV. “I think about it, and it just makes me mad. She shouldn’t have to go through that.”

Rushing obtained the video which appears to show his 6-year-old daughter being hit across the face twice.

The girl’s parents said they found out about the incident when the superintendent of New Lenox School District 122 called them and showed them the video earlier this week.

“It just makes me want to cry, to be honest with you,” the girl’s mother, Madeline Norley, told the station. “As a mom, just seeing that, it’s disgusting.”

The couple said that because of their daughter’s autism, she is unable to speak in a way that would allow her to tell her parents that she had been hit.

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No charges have been filed.

The district’s superintendent emphasized Friday that the bus aide is not a district employee. She said the aide works for the district’s bus contractor, Lincoln Way Special Education District 843 in Frankfort.

“I cannot provide a specific comment at this time. There is an ongoing investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred on a student school bus,” said Sarah Rexroad, 843’s executive director.

The girl’s parents said all they ask is for bus aides to be properly trained to handle these types of situations.

“When she’s having that meltdown, she needs that space and be able to mellow it out herself. And she does it,” Rushing said.

Teacher fired after shocking photo shows her dragging student

A picture of a teacher in Ohio dragging a child down a school hallway has resulted in that teacher losing her job.

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The teacher has not been identified. She worked with Youngstown children as an Alta Care Group employee, WKBN reported.

“We’ve been interviewing people and investigating and trying to find out what happened and that ... it’s still in its infancy,” Youngstown City School District spokeswoman Denise Dick told WKBN. “They are still talking to people. We haven’t talked to everyone that we want to talk to yet.”

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“The Youngstown City School District presented the photo to us,” Alta CEO Joe Shorokey told the New York Daily News. Alta Care Group provides Head Start programming to classrooms in Youngstown and Mahoning County, where the incident took place, according to the newspaper.

Shorokey said she was “immediately terminated” after she “mishandled” the student.

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In a statement, Shorokey said, “The behavior of that teacher was inexcusable and will never be tolerated. I want to make sure it is clear that the individual who was terminated does not reflect the values of the dedicated and skilled professionals at Alta Head Start. These fine teachers and aides should not be unfairly portrayed as anything less because of the person who was terminated.”

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Mom thanks flight attendant who helped soothe fussy baby during flight

A mother is thanking a flight attendant for helping to soothe her 4-month-old baby when “all hell broke loose” on a flight.

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Whitney Poyntz was traveling with her husband and daughter to Calgary, Alberta, from Palm Springs, California, on the WestJet airline. Everything was going smoothly until her daughter, Kennedi, started to cry.

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“Once the captain came on the intercom it woke her up, which is obviously no one’s fault,” Poyntz wrote on WestJet’s Facebook page. “About 30 minutes later, all hell broke loose.”

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Poyntz said her fellow passengers were clearly not happy.

A flight attendant named Ashley approached her and offered to help. She walked baby Kennedi up and down the aisle until she stopped crying.

“I was amazed someone wanted to help like that,” Poyntz told ABC News.

YouTube parents who pulled disturbing 'pranks' on their kids have lost custody

The videos on DaddyOFive's YouTube channel were hard to watch. In one, parents Heather and Mike Martin scream at 9-year-old Cody, accusing him of spilling ink on the ground. (He didn't spill anything, and the stains on the carpet were from trick ink). Another shows Cody being shoved into a bookcase. In a third, the dad encourages one of his sons to slap 11-year-old Emma, the only girl among the five children in the family. He does, hard enough to make Emma cry. 

When the broader YouTube community found out about the channel, there was an angry uprising. And now, the once-estranged birth mother of Cody and Emma has emergency custody of her two kids.

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"Emma and Cody are with me," said a visibly nervous Rose Hall in a YouTube video posted on Monday to her lawyer's channel. "They're doing good," she said. "They're getting back to their playful selves." 

Hall's lawyer, Tim Conlon, who appeared in the video with her, told The Washington Post on Tuesday that they asked the Frederick County Circuit Court in Maryland to grant Hall temporary emergency custody on Friday. Hall, Cody and Emma will remain in Frederick County while a Child Protective Services investigation is ongoing, Conlon said.

The Martin family had five children; Hall has said she is the biological mother of two of them, from a previous relationship with Mike Martin.

>> Students from two-parent families achieve a grade level higher than children of single parents

The saga of the Martin family and, eventually, Hall's attempts to regain custody of her two children, became a matter of collective viral justice a couple of weeks ago, after YouTuber Philip DeFranco posted a video about the content that was featured on DaddyOFive's channel. The channel had 750,000 subscribers and posted content almost daily. Many of the videos documented cruel "pranks" that the parents pulled on their children, particularly on Cody. DeFranco's video highlighted some of the more disturbing moments from DaddyOFive's archives, and led many to conclude that the children in the family were being abused on camera, for the sake of clicks (and, in turn, the ad-generated revenue that came with it) - an accusation that the Martins have denied.

Less than a week after the outrage over DaddyOFive went viral, the couple posted an apology video - with the help of a crisis management and PR firm - announcing that the entire family was in counseling. "We realize we have made some terrible parenting decisions, and we just want to make things right," Heather Martin said in the video. 

The couple had previously said that the prank reactions were "faked." Rob Weinhold, who has been serving as the Martins' spokesman, referred The Post on Monday to their attorney Laurie Wasserman. Wasserman replied with an emailed statement: "I am working with Michael and Heather Martin. It would be highly inappropriate for me to discuss the details of this very sensitive matter, or any associated proceedings, publicly. All information will be presented to the Court at the appropriate time."

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Hall, who lives in North Carolina, started leaving comments on every video she saw that featured her children as the story picked up steam. She had seen the original videos before, and like many, was disturbed by the way her children were treated in them. Hall first reported the videos to law enforcement in North Carolina in October. Since the videos were filmed in Maryland, where the Martins live, the Martin County Sheriff's office in North Carolina referred her to Maryland law enforcement.

One YouTuber, Chambers of My Heart, saw Hall's comments and reached out to her. She posted a lengthy interview with Hall and launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to get her legal representation. Another YouTuber, Based_Mama, called the lawyer Conlon on Wednesday evening to see if he would be willing to represent Hall, who wanted to regain custody of her children, Chambers of My Heart said to The Post on Tuesday.

When he got the call, he "thought it was some sort of goofy prank," Conlon said. Then, he watched the videos. "I called them back and said 'I see what you're talking about,' " he said. By Friday morning, they were in court asking for emergency custody, which was granted later that day, he said.

With the help of law enforcement, Conlon said, Hall regained custody of Emma and Cody on Friday. The three spent the weekend in North Carolina before returning to Frederick County. The kids are "deprogramming," Conlon said.

In the video Hall posted with Conlon, she described her reunion with her kids as a little difficult, particularly in Cody's case: "Cody had a difficult time when the officer brought him out to the car," she said. "He said some things that were disturbing, that he hated me, that Mike and Heather told him I threw him away like he was garbage, and I didn't love him no more. ... that's not true at all."

Both Cody and Emma are faring better, she added, although Emma has bounced back more quickly. "Emma's back to being a mouse," Hall said. "She loves cheese. That's the first thing she asked me for was cheese, because she wasn't allowed to have it."

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Daddyofive -Youtube Community Saves Emma and Cody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qp6u8G8Vf8 

Jimmy Kimmel, Molly McNearney share photos of son after heart surgery news

After Jimmy Kimmel revealed on the Monday night episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that his newborn son had recently undergone open heart surgery, his wife Molly McNearney took to social media to share a sweet photo of the father and son.

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“I am thankful to love and be loved by these two brave guys,” she captioned the picture of Kimmel and son Billy, who was born on April 21, smiling at each other. “Both criers.”

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During an emotional monologue this week, Kimmel told viewers that three hours after Billy was born, doctors noticed he had a heart murmur and was turning purple, leading them to discover that his pulmonary valve was blocked and that he had a hole in the wall of his heart. Doctors then performed open heart surgery on the infant, which according to the late-night host, “was a success.”

>> What is tetralogy of Fallot – the disorder Jimmy Kimmel's son has?

On Tuesday, Kimmel thanked fans via Twitter, sharing a picture of McNearey, Billy and daughter Jane, 2.

>> Jimmy Kimmel breaks down reliving story of newborn son’s heart surgery

“Sincere thanks for the outpouring of love & support,” he wrote. “Dr. Jane is keeping a close ear on Billy, who is very well – XO.”

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