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Remains found in Arkansas may be that of missing Maleah Davis, police say

The remains of a small child were discovered in a garbage bag along a freeway in Arkansas Friday and Texas police say it could “possibly” be missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis.

Houston Police Commander Michael Skillern told reporters that a bag containing human remains was found along Interstate 30 in Hope, some 30 miles northeast of the Texas-Arkansas border.

The bag was located by workers who noticed a foul odor coming from inside it, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton added.

MALEAH DAVIS WAS KILLED, HOUSTON COPS NOW SUSPECT

Authorities in Texas have been searching Maleah for nearly a month after her mother’s ex-fiance, Derion Vence, first reported her missing.

Vence, 27, had claimed he, Maleah and his 2-year-old son were abducted on May 4 by a group of men in a truck. He said he and his son were freed the next day but the kidnappers kept Maleah and his silver Nissan Altima. Police said Vence’s story kept changing and didn’t add up.

Westlake Legal Group HoustonSplit1 Remains found in Arkansas may be that of missing Maleah Davis, police say Paulina Dedaj fox-news/us/us-regions/southwest/texas fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/arkansas fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox news fnc/us fnc article 76ab77a9-a78c-5885-a9b7-46b153b79d44

Derion Vence, the man who reported 4-year-old Maleah Davis had been abducted from him last month was arrested near Houston in connection with her disappearance. Houston Police said they found blood in his apartment linked to her. (Houston Police Department)

He has since been arrested and charged and remains in Jail.

However, authorities in Texas shifted their focus to Arkansas after community activist Quanell X told police that during a visit with Vence on Friday, he had confessed to killing the young girl and disposing her body in the area where the remains were eventually recovered from.

MAN WHO REPORTED MISSING HOUSTON GIRL ARRESTED IN HER DISAPPEARANCE, BLOOD DISCOVERED IN APARTMENT.

“If this is the little girl, we want to make sure that we treat it with respect and dignity,” Singleton said.

A positive identification won’t happen until an autopsy is performed, a process that could take time, Executive Assistant Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.

“Do we believe that it’s possibly her? Yes. But can we confirm it right now? No,” Finner said.

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Maleah Davis, 4, was first reported missing by her mother’s ex-fiance on May 4.

Vence is being held on a $40,000 bond and was charged with tampering with evidence, specifically a human corpse.

Quanell X said that Maleah’s death “was an accident,” according to Vence.

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He had previously spoken on behalf of Brittany Bowens, Maleah’s mother, but said he stopped being her spokesman because of inconsistencies in her story.

Child Protective Services removed Maleah and her brothers from the apartment Vence and Bowens shared in August after the girl suffered a head wound, but the children were returned in February, according to an agency spokeswoman.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas woman accused of setting stepdaughter’s face on fire

A suburban Dallas woman has been charged after police say she doused her 5-year-old stepdaughter’s face with rubbing alcohol and set it on fire.

A Grand Prairie police statement Friday says 20-year-old Dalia Jimenez is charged with felony injury to a child and free on $20,000 bond.

Police say officers went to the family home May 13 after a child had been reported as burned and in need of medical treatment. Jimenez initially blamed the burns on an accident while lighting a candle. After detectives found inconsistencies in her account, however, Jimenez admitted that she burned the girl’s face as punishment for yelling.

Police say the child’s father wasn’t home at the time and isn’t considered a suspect. The child and a younger sibling have been placed with relatives.

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Advocates decry delays in release of migrant kids

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Immigrant advocates say the federal government is allowing migrant children at a Florida facility to languish in “prison-like conditions” instead of releasing them promptly to family.

Attorneys filed hundreds of pages in federal court in Los Angeles Friday asking a judge to make the U.S. government honor a decades-old settlement agreement governing the care of detained immigrant children.

Advocates said children who are held at the Homestead, Florida facility after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to sponsors or licensed facilities within 20 days.

In court filings, teens said they longed to be released and complained they were given the same food daily, limited phone calls and told to heed the rules or it could prolong their detention or get them deported.

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Police: Multiple people hurt in Virginia Beach shooting

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At least one shooter wounded multiple people at a municipal center in Virginia Beach on Friday, according to police, who said a suspect has been taken into custody and they believe there was only one shooter.

At least one victim was taken to the Sentara Princess Anne Hospital and another was brought to Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara spokesman Dale Gauding told The Virginian-Pilot .

There was no immediate word on the extent of injuries.

Christina Pullen, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Norfolk, said the bureau is responding to assist Virginia Beach police. She did not have specifics on how many people were hurt.

A police spokesman told the newspaper the shooter opened fire in Building 2 of the municipal center, which is adjacent to City Hall.

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Virginia Beach police say multiple people hurt in shooting

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Police in Virginia Beach say a shooting at a municipal center has left multiple people wounded. They say a suspect has been taken into custody after Friday afternoon’s shooting and they believe there was only one shooter.

There was no immediate word on the extent of injuries.

A spokeswoman for the FBI in Norfolk said the bureau is responding to assist Virginia Beach police. She did not have specifics on how many people have been hurt.

A spokesman for Sentara Princess Anne Hospital told The Virginian-Pilot that one patient had been sent to the hospital and another person was brought to Virginia Beach General Hospital.

A police spokesman told the newspaper the shooter opened fire in Building 2 of the municipal center, which is next door to City Hall.

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Florida college student, suspended over gun photo, sues school

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A Florida college student is suing her school after she was suspended indefinitely over a photo of her posing with a handgun at a shooting range.

According to the lawsuit, filed May 14 in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Dia’mon Dallas alleges her constitutional rights were violated when First Coast Technical College suspended her based on the photo posted to her Facebook page.

“Everything has just gone down the drain. I really was trying hard in school. I was making A’s,” Dallas told WJAX-TV.

Dallas said she and her fiance, Anfernee Royster, were at the range with her cousin, a military veteran who was teaching the couple how to shoot. The couple posed together for a photo holding the firearms with the caption “She’s my Bonnie and I’m her Clyde.”

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Another student reported the photo to officials at the St. Augustine-based school after it was posted online. Donna Gary-Donovan, the assistant principal, confronted Dallas and told her she was being indefinitely suspended, according to the news station.

Gary-Donovan told Dallas in a subsequent meeting that the student had a “mean look” on her face.

Dallas is suing the school for violating her First and 14th Amendment rights.

The lawsuit said the photo was “purely off-campus Facebook communication with friends.” It also said it had no connection to a “school-related activity” and therefore does not “interrupt the school environment,” according to The Jacksonville Daily Record.

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“Some people just don’t like guns. They feel threatened by firearms. But that’s why we have constitutional protections, to protect activities that other people might find uncomfortable or unpopular,” Republican state Rep. Chris Byrd, who’s representing Dallas, told the station.

The college and Byrd did not return messages and calls from Fox News on Friday. The suit seeks the school admitted it violated Dallas’ rights and damages to be determined at trial.

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Trump tweets in support of LGBT people to mark Pride Month

President Donald Trump is tweeting in support of LGBT people to mark LGBT Pride Month. His tweets come one week after his administration moved to revoke newly won health care discrimination protections for transgender people.

That move was the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration that aim to reverse gains by LGBTQ Americans in areas including the military, housing and education.

In his tweets Friday, Trump says he wants to “recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation.”

The president says other nations “punish, imprison or even execute individuals on the basis of sexual orientation.” He says the U.S. has a “global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.”

Advocates for LGBT people say the Trump administration has been undermining nondiscrimination protections.

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Man who confessed to killing 11-year-old sentenced to life

A New Jersey man who admitted to raping and killing his 11-year-old neighbor was sentenced to life in prison Friday, three months after pleading guilty on the eve of his trial.

Twenty-year-old Andreas Erazo will have to serve 85% of his sentence, or roughly 64 years, before being eligible for parole, under terms of his sentence.

Andreas Erazo pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated sexual assault in February in the death of Abbiegail Smith in Keansburg, Monmouth County.

Smith was reported missing on the evening of July 12, 2017. Investigators found her body the next morning wrapped in a comforter on a roof near the apartment building where she and Erazo lived.

Erazo initially claimed he fatally stabbed the girl because he thought she was an intruder. He later conceded that was false and confessed he raped and killed her.

Smith’s father, Kenroy Smith, lives in Jamaica where he was deported in 2001 after a marijuana arrest. He and Abbiegail’s sister, Kennish Smith, were denied temporary visas to attend the girl’s funeral, despite Kenroy Smith’s public plea to President Donald Trump. At the time, the State Department said it is prohibited by law from disclosing details about individual visa cases.

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Missouri’s last abortion clinic allowed to stay open, for now, is rife with ‘troubling’ violations, state says

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The last remaining abortion clinic in Missouri, which a judge ruled could be open for another week, was rife with violations — and officials said Planned Parenthood has failed to bring it up to standard.

A former high-level state official told Fox News the possible closure has nothing to do with the abortion debate polarizing the country. But it faces closure because it failed to follow basic health standards, the state wrote in a motion this week responding to a restraining order filed by Planned Parenthood to keep the clinic open.

The clinic was supposed to close at midnight Friday but a judge ruled it could stay open — for now. If it closed, Missouri would be the only state operating without a legal abortion clinic since 1974, the year after abortions became legal under the Roe vs. Wade ruling.

In the motion, the state called the conditions at the clinic, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region,  “troubling.”

‘These instances raised grave concerns regarding the quality of care, standard of care, and compliance with statutes and regulations designed to protect women’s health and safety,” the state wrote in the motion.

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Past inspections of the clinic found repeated violations of using expired medications, IV fluids, some supplies that were at least 6 years old, using single-dose injectable medications for more than one patient and ot properly storing medications, according to public records.

“Planned Parenthood has proven itself incapable of protecting its own patients and that’s why it’s being shut down,” said the former high-level state official who did not want to give his name for fear of repercussions. The official said Planned Parenthood and its lobbyists fought against mandatory annual unannounced clinic inspections and abortion paperwork he said was designed to protect the health and safety of its patients.

Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, said the largest abortion chain in the nation is suing the state of Missouri for “illegally refusing to renew our license.”

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRO-LIFE STUDENT SAYS HE RECEIVED DEATH THREATS FOR ABORTION FUNDING BILL

“This is not a drill. This is not a warning,” Wen said. “This is real and a public health crisis. This will endanger the health and lives of 1.1 million women of reproductive age in Missouri.”

Wen implied in her statement that Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s signing of a new anti-abortion law was the reason for the license failure. The governor said Planned Parenthood was notified of “ongoing concerns about potential deficient practices” in April after a statutorily required inspection that occurred in March.

Parson held a press conference Wednesday addressing Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis facility application for license renewal.

“Planned Parenthood has been actively and knowingly violating state law on numerous occasions,” the governor claimed.

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Dr. Randall Williams, an OBGYN and the state’s department of health director, said the issue is about safety and compliance with the law.

“The unprecedented refusal by Planned Parenthood to fully cooperate as they have in the past heightens our regulators’ concerns about what their investigation has revealed to date,” Williams said in a statement Wednesday.

“These concerns are not limited to, but include: 1) violations of Missouri law; 2) violations of applicable Missouri regulations; 3) standard care for patient safety as evidenced by, but not limited to, at least one incident in which patient safety was gravely compromised; 4) failed surgical abortions in which patients remained pregnant; 5) concerns about quality control and communication with a contracted pathology lab; and 6) failure to obtain informed consent.”

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Jeanne Mancini, the president of March for Life, said the clinic closure could happen “because Planned Parenthood places a greater priority on access to abortion than they do on women’s health and safety.”

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Board recommends clemency for brother of acclaimed author

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The brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman has moved one step closer to freedom, after a Pennsylvania parole board recommended pardoning him for a 1975 killing.

Robert Wideman was sentenced to life without parole and has been in a state prison since his conviction in a shooting case was the subject of his older brother’s acclaimed 1984 memoir “Brothers and Keepers.”

The Board of Pardons recommended clemency for 68-year-old Wideman following a hearing Thursday. The Post-Gazette says it featured testimony from a judge who prosecuted the case, and from the victim’s sister, who opposed the request.

Wideman’s attorney Mark Schwartz says they’ll be “sweating bullets” awaiting a decision from Gov. Tom Wolf. The Democrat tends to give weight to the board’s recommendation.

Wideman was charged with murder after participating in a 1975 robbery that resulted in the shooting death of car salesman Nicola Morena.

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