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Cops: Boy left in hot car kills sister, mom charged

The former star of the reality TV show “I’m Pregnant and 55 Years Old” was arrested Thursday after her 6-year-old son killed his infant sister while the children were left in a hot car, deputies said.

Kathleen Marie Steele, 62, left her three children in a car on Monday while she ran into a cellphone repair store in St. Petersburg with the windows of the vehicle rolled up and the engine turned off, WTVT reports. Deputies said the infant began to cry, and the 6-year-old “slammed the baby on the ground and flipped her around.”

"The best way I can describe it is, he pummeled her," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told WTVT. "We decided not to charge (the 6-year-old). But nonetheless, we have a 6-year-old who killed a 13-day-old.”

The baby “suffered several injuries including a fractured skull, cuts, and bruising,” deputies said. Blood was found on the ceiling of the van.

When Steele returned to the car, the boy said the baby was hurt but she ignored him and didn’t call 911 until they got home.

"Deputies are there, paramedics are there working on a 13-day-old baby who's obviously dead,” Gualtieri told Bay News 9. “And she turns around and goes into the kitchen and starts putting groceries away. Who does that?"

Steele’s husband died of cancer in 2011, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The couple appeared on the reality show “I’m Pregnant and 55 Years Old” in 2009. Steele had her youngest two children as a result of artificial insemination with her dead husband’s frozen sperm.

She was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Read more: WTVT |  Bay News 9 | Tampa Bay Times

Gator snatches family dog at Florida park

A family dog was snatched and killed by an alligator during the weekend when it ran from its owner to chase a rabbit.

Sue Fortenbery told WFTS she was walking with her grandson and her 1-year-old Jack Russell, named Bolt, over the weekend in Pinellas County when Bolt ran off to chase a rabbit. The next thing she could hear was his yelping after he went through a hole in the fence and into the waterway at the preserve.

“The screams is what you can't stop hearing, the yelping," she told WFTS.

There are several openings on the trail, and Fortenbery said those openings are what led to Bolt being taken away by the alligator.

"If the fence wasn't open like this, he couldn't have gone through and the gator couldn't have got him," she said.

Fortenbery told WFTS that she is upset with Pinellas County officials after they told her they wouldn’t remove the gator but would keep an eye on the area. At the moment, the gator is not considered a nuisance “because they had no other complaints” and a better description of the animal would be needed.

WFTS reports the county has yet to survey the area and is asking the public to contact the Parks Department if the gator shows up again.

Gator attacks have been in the news recently with the incident at the Disney resort in Orlando when a child was dragged into the water and killed. A gator was found in Florida with a body in its mouth, and a 10-foot gator had to be put down after it attacked a woman.

Read more at WFTS.

Manatee romance causes traffic jam in Florida

An intimate moment among a group of manatees led to a standstill with traffic in Tampa on Tuesday.

WFTS reports that dozens of people exited their cars to view the “manatee mating ball,” which is when at least seven male manatees are competing for the attention of a single female, with the end goal being to push her into shallow water in order to mate. The act is a rare sight, with WFTS adding that it only can be seen every three to five years.

“The easiest way to identify a mating herd is when there are groups, a large number of manatees that look to be frolicking with each other in shallow waters, generally climbing on top of each other,” Kane Rigney, a manatee biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said in a video from May. “There will be up to 20 to 25 manatees in some circumstances with a single focal female, and there will be a lot of splashing, a lot of physical interaction with the manatees, kind of like a big bait-ball of fish, but you’ll see the manatees up on shore, rolling on top of each other and climbing.”

Rigney added that manatee mating season begins as early as March, but can take place through the summer and into October and November.

“We generally ask the public to stay away from mating herds — we like to allow that natural process to take place,” he said in the video. “Any interruption to that process can be considered harassment — but not only for manatee safety, but also for human safety. A lot of these manatees that you will see are thousand-pound animals, and at any time, those animals can change their behavior and roll onto a human causing very serious injury.”

Read more at WFTS.

Mothers who brought babies to 'Bad Moms' screening asked to leave, reports say

Brookynn Cahill was set to attend a showing of “Bad Moms,” the new comedy starring Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, on Friday evening with a large group of other Florida moms at a Fort Myers, Florida, theater, but according to her and other members of the group, they were forced to leave because of their children, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

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According to Amber Cebull, one of the moms, there is a rule in place at Regal Cinemas that doesn’t allow children under the age of 6 into R-rated movies after 6 p.m., but "no one had communicated that children under 6 were not allowed in R-rated movies," she said. "We had breast-feeding moms with infants, one 4 weeks and one 7 months, and they refused them entry."

The mothers were the only two in the group with infants.

Cebull told WTSP the group was refunded the cost of the tickets.

Cahill told the News-Press that an employee singled out, along with another member of the group of around 50 women, Juliana Valverde, mentioning that there was a showing of a more kid-appropriate movie, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” playing in an hour.

"They made me feel like a terrible person for bringing my child," Cahill said.

Cahill said she and Valverde went back into the theater playing "Bad Moms." She said the manger told them to leave when they were caught.

"I think that they have a right to have their rules for their theater," Cahill said. "But I think it needs to be a little different with the age limit. Young babies are sleeping and being perfectly fine. If our babies are going to make a noise, we know how to handle this situation."

Valverde told the News Press that the manager also asked Valverde to “cover up” while she was breast-feeding in the theater. "I am very modest about breast-feeding and, because of the fact I was doing it, I was even more embarrassed. I always have a blanket to cover," she said.

“There’s always people that are going to feel uncomfortable and they shouldn’t,” Valverde told WTVR. “I don’t need anyone’s approval to feed my baby.”

The News-Press added that Florida is among the states “that allow women to breast-feed in any public or private place and exempts breast-feeding from public indecency laws.”

According to the News-Press, the group of women left the theater with Cahill and Valverde and got refunds for their tickets.

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Court says ‘upskirting’ is not a crime in Georgia

The grocery shopper admitted feeling uneasy when she first noticed a store clerk stooped down behind her as she reached for a carton of milk. Moments later, while picking an item off another shelf, she was aghast to see the same clerk behind her taking a video from a cell phone camera pointed up her skirt.

The clerk, Brandon Lee Gary, would later be charged and convicted of invasion-of-privacy. Prosecutors noted the security camera from the Publix store in Houston County showed Gary had aimed his phone underneath the woman’s skirt at least four times as she walked the aisles.

During the June 2013 incident, Gary engaged in the lewd practice of “upskirting” — the clandestine videotaping of a person’s private parts in a public place.

But in a recent decision, the state Court of Appeals threw out Gary’s conviction, finding that no law in Georgia criminalizes such “reprehensible” conduct and saying the Legislature needs to fix that problem.

Read more about the court decision at MyAJC.com.

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