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White man pulls gun in confrontation with black Florida A&M students, police investigating

Tallahassee Police are investigating an incident that allegedly occurred Saturday night in which four black Florida A&M University students said they were harassed by a white man who brandished a gun at an off-campus apartment complex.

The altercation, which was captured in a social media video, shows a man in a baseball cap denying the students entry to the building and elevator in the Stadium Centre residence before pulling out a gun.

According to the police report filed on Saturday afternoon, the incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. Saturday and is being investigated as an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, without intent to kill.

Isaiah Butterfield, a junior at Florida A&M and who filmed the incident, told NBC News that he and his friends were waiting to be let into the building by their other friend, a resident of the complex, when the man approached them.

“He walked past us and opened the door and he told us we weren’t getting into the building unless we had a key,” said Butterfield. “We were thinking, ‘Why would he even say anything to us?’ We were confused.”

After the man approached the students a second time, Butterfield decided to start recording.

“In Tallahassee, there’s a lot of people with their own racial opinions,” said Butterfield. “It doesn’t sound like a place where people of color are invited or welcomed.”

The video posted on Butterfield’s Twitter account begins with a shirtless white man, who Butterfield and his friends identified as “Chad,” confronting the man on behalf of the students. The two have an altercation, with Chad asking the man, “What’s your problem? You’re not just man enough to go about your day?”

“We literally met Chad that night. We didn’t really know Chad like that,” said Butterfield. “He was there and heard what was going on, and he stepped up. I commend him for that.”

Inside the building, the man tells the students to find another elevator, declaring to them, “this is my elevator.” As the altercation escalates, the man pulls out his gun and keeps it by his side.

“He made sure that we saw the gun,” said Butterfield. “He was holding his arm in a way to emphasize.”

One of the students, Fitzroy Rhoden, is heard in the video asking the man, “Sir, you bring out your gun. What’s your purpose for that?” which the man then apologizes and puts the gun in his back pocket.

Despite the weapon being out, Butterfield wasn’t concerned the man would shoot at them, saying he thought it was more of a “if you make me use it, I’m going to use it” kind of threat.

The students began to ask the older man if he is a resident of the building, considering the apartments were predominately rented by college students.

“My friend asked him, ‘Do you even live here, where’s your key?’” said Butterfield. The video then shows the man respond, pulling out keys and a gun.

In an email shared by Butterfield, Stadium Centre management addressed the situation, stating “We are cooperating with the police during their investigation and it has been determined that the person in the elevator is not a resident. Firearms are prohibited on our property and we take this matter very seriously.”

Tallahassee police spokesman, Damon Miller Jr., told NBC News the department is still conducting interviews for the ongoing investigation.

Many on social media are identifying the man in the video as the general manager of Baymont Inn & Suites Tallahassee Central. On Tuesday, Baymont Tallahassee released a statement on their Instagram account confirming they were aware of the situation and that the general manager has since been fired.

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The man identified in reports did not respond to request for comment from NBC News on Wednesday.

After the incident, Butterfield says he felt embarrassed and singled out by the man, but recognizes the altercation as being bigger than a local issue.

“There are people out here targeting young black males to retaliate in a violent way just so they can retaliate also and use deadly force and be protected by the law due to Stand Your Ground,” said Butterfield. “And that’s a set up.”

New lawsuit alleges Larry Nassar drugged, raped and impregnated teen at Michigan State

A new lawsuit alleges that Michigan State University officials were made aware of a videotaped rape of an underage girl by Dr. Larry Nassar but covered it up, told a coach who reported it to resign, and stripped the victim of a scholarship.

The federal suit, filed in Michigan Monday on behalf of Erika Davis of California and other plaintiffs whose names were not revealed, says Davis was given a pill by Nassar during an exam in the spring of 1992, when she was 17, and raped as a video camera captured the attack.

Davis, a scholarship field hockey player at MSU who was referred to Nassar by her coach, told her coach what happened, and the coach in turn went to Nassar’s office, demanded the video, and received it, according to the suit.

But when she complained about the doctor to then-athletic director George Perles, “she was forced to return the video, resign and sign a non-disclosure agreement,” the suit claims.

The filing says the coach retained a copy of the video. Perles is now a trustee of MSU but he was not named as an individual defendant.

Perles did not return requests for comment to NBC News and has not spoken publicly or to any media about the Nassar case since January when he and other MSU trustees apologized to victims.

“We’re awful sorry for the trouble we’ve caused those poor women. And we will make sure to do everything in our power to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Perles said at the time, according to NBC affiliate WOOD.

On Tuesday, the university apologized in general for Nassar’s behavior over the years but said they were still investigating the specific allegations in the new lawsuit.

“We are deeply sorry for the abuses Larry Nassar has committed, and for the trauma experienced by all sexual assault survivors,” the university said in a statement issued Tuesday. “Sexual abuse, assault and relationship violence are not tolerated in our campus community. While the protocols and procedures mentioned in this lawsuit do not reflect how sexual assault claims are handled at MSU, we are taking the allegations very seriously and looking into the situation.”

Defendants in the case include the school, its board of trustees, Nassar, USA Gymnastics, former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, and other individuals and organizations for allegations that include helping to cover up Davis’ claim, failing to prevent Nassar’s attacks when they had the chance, and misrepresenting Nassar’s professional suitability to treat young women.

NBC News reached out to multiple attorneys representing MSU, USA Gymnastics and other defendants but they did not immediately respond.

Nassar was the team doctor for USA Gymnastics, a onetime U.S. Olympics gymnastics team physician, and an MSU sports medicine doctor. More than 156 women have accused him of sexual impropriety, molestation and assault committed mostly under the guise of his medical authority, and in January he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years behind bars.

Davis was examined twice, with the first examination, videotaped by a third party, ending after Nassar fondled and licked her breasts, the filing alleges.

“During this time, the cameraman was filming Defendant Nassar’s sexual abuse of Plaintiff Erika,” the suit states.

Nassar asked the victim to return for a “full exam” about a week later, and that’s when the rape, with the aid of an unknown drug, took place, the lawsuit claims.

“Eventually, she could not keep her eyelids open and got very woozy,” it states.

Davis was a virgin, the suit says, so when she realized she was pregnant she had no doubt who had impregnated her. She eventually miscarried, the document states.

After the miscarriage she went to university police, who advised her that this was a matter for MSU’s athletics department.

“Plaintiff Erika explained that the athletic department already dismissed it and the Sergeant responded that [former athletic director] George Perles is a ‘powerful man,’ and she should just drop it.”

“Thereafter,” the suit claims, “Plaintiff Erika’s Field Hockey NCAA scholarship was taken away from her.”

With great detail the lawsuit claims that school officials and some of the other defendants were informed of allegations against Nassar in the 1990s and beyond — including accusations by other women — and did nothing.

“Because MSU took no action to investigate the 1997 or 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 or 2002, and 2004 complaints and took no corrective action, from at least 1997 to 2016, under the guise of treatment, the other Plaintiffs, many of whom were minors, were also sexually assaulted, abused, and molested by Defendant Nassar,” the suit claims.

The filing seeks unspecified damages greater than $75,000 for each plaintiff for allegations including sex discrimination in an educational setting, civil rights violations, negligence, assault and battery on the part of Nassar and, against USA Gymnastics, “fraud and misrepresentation that Nassar was a competent and safe physician.”

A School Janitor Couldn’t Afford His Dream Sneakers, So a Student Gifted Him a Pair

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An unlikely bond between a Stafford County, Virginia, school janitor and a student has gone viral.

Angel Echevarria, a custodian at Stafford High School, says he is used to being overlooked.

“It’s normally mean mugs and shoulder shrugs where I come from,” Echevarria said.

But in the middle of the high school’s bustling hallway, one student made an effort to get to know him.

“Angel’s one of those people that was always smiling, saying ‘God bless. Have a good day,’” senior Tristan McAlister said.

Echevarria stays positive despite the hardships in his past. Before working as a janitor, he was homeless for four years.

“Before I met my wife and she kind of took me out of that whole lifestyle,” Echevarria said.

Echevarria and McAlister formed a friendship about two years ago when they started chatting and found out they had some things in common.

“We started getting into shoes and what he did, and we started talking about sports. And we had a really good connection there,” McAlister said.

“When I saw him, I was just like this kid’s pretty cool,” Echevarria said.

Recently, McAlister asked Echevarria what type of shoes he should buy for himself.

“And he said, ‘You should buy the Jordan 8s.’ I said, ‘Oh really? Do you have a pair?’ He said, ‘No I got four kids. I can’t shop for myself,’” McAlister said.

That’s when McAlister decided to surprise his friend.

While another classmate recorded him, he walked up to Echevarria with a gift: a pair of Jordan 8s.

“Just to be able to know that he would be able to bless me with what he did was just amazing. It truly touched my heart,” Echevarria said.

McAlister’s generosity spread online and throughout the school when he tweeted the video.

“Actually, we weren’t going to even videotape but my mom was like, ‘I want to see his reaction!’”

“Because that’s really what it’s all about, I mean there are so many life lessons in school that we can’t teach and you guys are learning them,” Stafford High School Principal Joe Lewis said.

Meteorologist addresses LGBTQ audience as ‘things and its’ at journalism conference

NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists issued an apology on Sunday after an emcee at its annual conference welcomed a crowd of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer news professionals as “ladies and gentlemen, things and its.”

“We’ve worked hard for many years to make NLGJA an inclusive organization for transgender and nonbinary journalists,” the organization said in a statement. “People were understandably hurt and offended by last night’s remarks. As journalists, we understand uniquely that words matter. We apologize and are committed to working to make NLGJA more inclusive and diverse.”

Marshall McPeek, chief meteorologist for Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned Fox 28 and ABC 6 in Columbus, Ohio, made the offending remarks on Saturday evening during the conference’s closing reception, which was sponsored by Fox News. McPeek apologized later that same evening for his comments and resigned his NLGJA membership shortly thereafter.

News of the incident spread beyond the Palm Springs conference after reporter Mary Emily O’Hara, who was in the audience, captured the moment in a widely shared tweet.

McPeek’s remarks cast a pall over the event and several attendees walked out. Monica Roberts, a transgender writer from Houston who was present during Saturday’s closing reception, wrote about the incident Monday on her blog, TransGriot.

“While I am happy McPeek came back later and apologized and NLGJA an organization I’ve been a member of for several years has released a statement about it, the damage was still done,” Roberts wrote. “No Mr. McPeek and by extension, NLGJA and FOX News, there were no ‘things and its’ in that Hotel Zoso room that September 8 night. There were trans, gender non-conforming (GNC) and non-binary (NB) people in there. There were your trans, GNC and NB media colleagues in that room.”

NLGJA, a nonprofit founded in 1990, has been holding annual conferences for more than 25 years in order to bring together LGBTQ journalists from across the U.S. and beyond. This year’s four-day conference was held in Palm Springs, which is widely viewed as one of the country’s most LGBTQ-friendly cities.

In her blog post, Roberts said Saturday’s incident presents a new opportunity for NLGJA, which will host its 2019 conference in New Orleans.

“NLGJA has been handed a moment in which it can be a leader in addressing and helping to solve the dearth of trans journalists problem,” she wrote. “The question is will we see progress on increasing the abysmal numbers of trans, NB (non-binary) and GNC (gender-nonconforming) journalists before we gather again a year from now in New Orleans?”

Tony D’Angelo, general manager of Fox 28 and ABC 6, condemned McPeek’s comments “to the highest degree,” calling them “hurtful and offensive.”

“Marshall’s comments in no way reflect the values of Sinclair Broadcast Group,” D’Angelo said in a statement emailed to NBC News. “We are an inclusive workplace that prides itself on all employees feeling comfortable and welcome. Sinclair has supported the important work of NLGJA and its member journalists and we were saddened by his comments.”

Fox News, which sponsored Saturday’s reception, did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.

Some elementary schools are getting rid of homework — and experts say it’s OK

Second grade teacher Brandy Young gained national attention in 2016 when a note she wrote to her class parents was posted on social media.

“There will be no formally assigned homework this year… rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success,” she wrote. “Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”

Two years later, Young is teaching second grade at a new school, A.G. Elder Elementary School in Joshua, Texas. She is still not assigning formal homework — though she has tweaked her policy a lot, she told TODAY Parents, since she wrote that note.

The no homework policy has worked great, she said, but it has been a learning process for her. Young found out that some of her students really do want homework, for one thing. She will also send work home with a child who needs more practice on a specific skill from time to time, but when she does, she communicates with the parent and sends an answer key to ensure the practice will be effective.

“Also, not assigning homework doesn’t change the fact that the kids who need extra practice the most usually don’t have the necessary support at home,” said Young, who has three young boys of her own with her husband Klint. “It’s a battle that educators are used to fighting, and it isn’t going away any time soon.”

Young said her experiences in the classroom for the past two years have only reinforced the idea that effective teaching is all about relationships.

“I want my students to know that I care about them at every second,” she said. “I want parents to trust me and let me into their family. I want open communication lines between us so that I can better understand their children and help them succeed.”

For that to be possible, Young said, “Student work, regardless of when and where it’s done, should be meaningful, engaging, and relevant. No packets ever. Period.” Her second grade students approach learning enthusiastically as a result — even at a Title 1 school where nearly 70 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch prices.

“Kids can conquer mountains when given encouragement, choices, and support!” said Young. “They want and need to be nurtured as a whole child. I believe the no-packet theory supports that effort.”

Young was not the first nor the last teacher to implement a classroom policy eliminating homework. In 2017, Marion County, Florida, School Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier announced she was banning homework for the 31 elementary schools throughout her school district. At the time, Maier said her plan called for “no traditional homework, no work sheets, no endless pages of workbooks. Instead, our children are reading aloud with their parents at least 20 minutes a night.”

A year later, the Ocala Star Banner reported that under pressure from her teachers — 86 percent of whom did not support the ban — and school board members who called the policy “micromanaging” and blamed poor test results in part on it, Maier loosened the guidelines. She is asking that any homework be “meaningful” and not “busy work.”

However, Alfie Kohn, author of “The Homework Myth,” told TODAY Parents, “It is important to realize that no research has ever found any advantage to any kind of homework before kids are in high school — and newer studies are questioning whether it’s necessary even in high school.”

Kohn — who has written 14 books covering parenting and education and lectures on those topics at universities, parenting groups, and corporations — is a well-known critic of homework. He said that though some defend the concept of homework as having non-academic advantages like teaching kids responsibility, work habits, or independence, “To the best of my knowledge, not a shred of evidence supports those claims.”

What evidence does show, he said, is the disadvantages of homework, some of which parents are already familiar. “It causes frustration, unhappiness, and family conflict; it often makes children less excited about learning and leaves them with less time to pursue other interests and just enjoy their childhoods,” he observed.

“But we seem to assume it’s worth it to force them to work a ‘second shift’ after they get home from a full day in school,” he said. “We take on faith that the academic benefits must outweigh the substantial costs.”

Though many parents support homework, others say they would love for their children’s teachers to adopt no-homework policy. Omaha, Nebraska mom Ashley Austrew said she is relieved her first grade daughter has less homework this year than she did in kindergarten.

“Her only homework is whatever she doesn’t get done in class, which I believe is the teacher’s way of saying she doesn’t give homework,” she told TODAY Parents. “I am a fan of no homework policies because I think its mostly busy work at this age level and they work hard enough all day.”

Julie Burton from Overland Park, Kansas, said she gets annoyed with her fourth grade daughter’s math homework even though it is usually just one sheet a night. “If she ever has a question, sometimes we are stumped too,” she said. “I feel bad emailing a teacher in the evenings. I’m slightly annoyed at homework in general because I don’t know what the teacher taught.”

Kohn said that even small amounts of homework can still be frustrating and damaging to children’s attitudes about learning for reasons like Burton’s. “The bottom line is that research fails to support the practice of giving any amount or any kind of homework to a 12-year-old, let alone to a 6-year-old,” he said. “Making kids unhappy about learning is more likely to undermine than to promote academic excellence.”

He encouraged parents to speak up on behalf of their children. “If your child’s teacher never assigns homework, take a moment to thank them for doing what’s in your child’s best interest — and for acknowledging that families, not schools, ought to decide what happens during family time,” he added. “If your child is getting homework, organize a bunch of parents to meet with the teacher and administrators — not to ask, ‘Why so much?’ but, given that the research says it’s all pain and no gain, to ask, ‘Why is there any?’”

This company will pay you $120K to visit resorts, eat Mexican food

They say that if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life — Vidanta, a luxury resort company, is hiring for a position that surely will confirm that cliché. The leading luxury resort company throughout Mexico and Latin America is hiring for the “World’s Best Job,” which is essentially a paid yearlong vacation across beautiful resorts in Mexico. Oh, and you have to document your experience on social media.

Vidanta is going to pay someone $120,000 to “leave the office life behind and make some of Mexico’s most impressive resorts their new workplace,” according to a press release.

The extremely, unbelievably lucky brand ambassador will spend their days “acting as Vidanta’s on-location social influencer, gathering content by experiencing all of the comfort, relaxation, adventure and luxury they have to offer.” The new “office” locations? Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco and Puerto Vallarta.

Iván Chávez, executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta, notes that considering the resort amenities (gourmet dining, high-end spas, partnerships with Cirque du Soleil, etc.), the “perks” of the position are “endless.” He says that the candidate will “fully immerse themselves” in each of the resort destinations.


Such immersive experiences might be “uncovering ancient Mayan ruins” or “discovering the hottest new restaurants and nightclubs” and also “attending the biggest shows and entertainment offerings in the area.” To sum things up, Ivàn says, “this is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.”


The press release notes that there’s not a “typical work day” for this position, but each day will entail creating engaging content that will inspire travelers worldwide “by experiencing both the local culture and Vidanta resort life.” Apparently that means breakfast in bed, spa days, golf and “fist pumping to the world’s biggest DJs … soaking up the sun poolside, margarita in hand.”


On top of the one-year salary of $120,000, the job includes “travel expenses, dining credit at each of the resorts and resort accommodations at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta,” the most expansive Vidanta destination, comprised of five resort hotel brands.

The lucky candidate will go through “extensive employee training” that will provide “valuable insights and life-long skills” to set them up for a successful career. All applicants must apply online and submit their resume plus an optional one-minute video. The final deadline is Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11:50 p.m. CDT. Vidanta notes that while former experience is not required to apply, the ideal candidate will be good at:

  • Talking to people and making connections
  • Communicating things they’re enthusiastic about in a way that gets others on board
  • Documenting the journey through social media
  • Brainstorming new creative approaches to campaigns
  • Staying on top of trends, technologies and other influencers

According to the website, Vidanta’s marketing and social media team will reach out to some candidates for video or phone interviews. The Chosen One will be announced on Nov. 1 via Vidanta’s social media channels.

Judge dismisses charges against New Mexico compound suspects; 2 face new counts

The father of a 3-year-old boy found dead in a filthy New Mexico compound pleaded not guilty Wednesday to new charges of child abuse resulting in death as lesser charges were dismissed against him and other members of his extended family because prosecutors missed a deadline.

The dead boy’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his partner, Jany Leveille, who is charged with the same crime, remained silent as pleas were entered on their behalf. The charges could carry life sentences in the death of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj.

Their pleas followed a decision by a judge to dismiss initial child neglect charges against them. Another judge made the same decision Wednesday in the cases of the other three defendants.

The five were arrested this month at a remote desert compound where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of the 3-year-old boy was discovered.

Authorities say Wahhaj and Leveille denied the boy proper medicine and health care as he died in December 2017 during a religious ritualaimed at casting out demonic spirits.

Prosecutors had pressed to keep the group behind bars and planned to present new evidence of an anti-government plot and talk of jihad and martyrdom among some members of the extended Muslim family.

Defense attorneys say their clients have no record of criminal convictions and pose no risk to the public. Federal immigration authorities say Leveille, a native of Haiti, has been in the United States unlawfully for 20 years after overstaying a visitor visa.

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille could be held for up to five days while awaiting a hearing on whether they can be held without bond pending trial.

A judge ruled the other three defendants could be released as early as Wednesday, depending on what action prosecutors take.

Prosecutor John Lovelace said no decisions have been made on how the district attorney’s office will proceed.

Prosecutors have other options for pursuing charges against the three, including seeking indictments from a grand jury.

Prosecutors said in court filings they have discovered a hand-written document called “Phases of a Terrorist Attack” that was seized from the compound and includes vague instructions for “the one-time terrorist” and mentioned an unnamed place called “the ideal attack site.”

Prosecutors wrote in court filings that new interviews with some of the children removed from the compound revealed that one of the adults, Lucas Morton, stated he wished to die in jihad as a martyr and that Leveille and Subhannah Wahhaj joked about dying in jihad.

The new charges of child abuse resulting in death against Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Leveille are tied to an extensive account of Abdul-ghani’s death in a journal that prosecutors attribute to Leveille.

The boy’s mother initially reported the boy missing last year from Jonesboro, Georgia, after Siraj Ibn Wahhaj said he was taking the child to a park and never returned. Forensic medical investigators have not yet identified the cause and manner of the boy’s death.

Guatemalan mom says inadequate medical care in ICE custody led to toddler’s death

A toddler who came across the border with her mother seeking asylum died after receiving inadequate medical care in ICE custody, according to lawyers for the woman.

Yazmin Juárez came to the United States in March with her 18-month-old daughter Mariee. In May, the little girl died. The Guatemalan mother and her lawyers now plan to file several lawsuits alleging that negligence and inadequate medical care when they were held in detention led to the toddler’s death.

Juárez, 20, filed a notice of claim Tuesday against the city of Eloy, Arizona, which is the primary contractor of the facility 900 miles away in Dilley, Texas, under an unusual arrangement between Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Eloy and CoreCivic, the private company that runs the facility.

“Mariee’s tragic death resulted from the unsafe and unsanitary conditions in immigration detention at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, and the inadequate, substandard medical care Mariee received there,” Arnold & Porter, the law firm representing Juárez pro bono, said in the claim.

Juárez and Mariee were transferred to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Dilley on March 5, a few days after they crossed the border and requested asylum, according to a statement from the law firm. Mariee had no health problems at the time, according to the statement.

“Mariee was a completely normal, happy, healthy, beautiful little 18-month-old girl,” said R. Stanton Jones, a partner at the law firm. “She had never had any medical problems or chronic medical conditions of any kind.”

At the detention facility, Mariee became sick with a severe respiratory infection that went “woefully under-treated for nearly a month,” according to the law firm. Juárez continually sought attention from medical staff but she was prescribed medications that did not improve the child’s condition and Mariee continued to get worse, according to a timeline provided by the law firm.

“A mother lost her little girl because ICE and those running the Dilley immigration prison failed them inexcusably,” the law firm said.

Juárez took Mariee to see medical staff on March 11 and the little girl was diagnosed with an acute upper respiratory infection, according to the timeline. Over the next two weeks, Juárez brought Mariee back for treatment multiple times, with the little girl losing weight and suffering from high fevers, coughing, congestion, diarrhea and vomiting, according to the timeline.

Juárez told VICE News she was getting desperate and had her mother in New Jersey wire her money to buy tea and lemon for Mariee.

“I was desperate because of my daughter,” she said. “I would cry to my mother like crazy.”

Jones said during her stay, Mariee only saw a physician once, and at all the other visits she was tended to by physician’s assistants, a registered nurse and licensed vocational nurses.

A pediatrician who reviewed Mariee’s medical records said “this is way out of the norm of how we would treat a child.”

“If a child was having respiratory symptoms and fevers for more than five or six days, I would want to get a chest X-ray and see what’s going on in the lungs,” said Benard Dreyer, a pediatrician and past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“They should have sent that child for an emergency room visit well before the child was discharged,” he said.

“Kids do die of pneumonia, but it’s very rare, especially if they’re hospitalized reasonably early,” Dreyer said.

Juárez and her daughter passed the first step in their asylum claim and were released from ICE detention on March 25 and put on a plane to Juárez’s mother’s house, according to the timeline. Juárez took Mariee to the hospital the next day and the little girl remained hospitalized at different locations for six weeks before dying on May 10.

“Mariee spent six weeks in essentially pediatric intensive care at three different hospitals because she needed increasingly specialized treatment,” Jones said. “There were extraordinary medical interventions undertaken after her release from Dilley but it was just too late.”

Dreyer said Mariee’s records showed that when she hospitalized she had multilobar pneumonia, meaning the infection had spread to more than one lobe in her lungs.

“That did not happen in 24 hours,” he said.

Jones said Juárez owes more than $2 million in hospital bills, and the costs are still arriving.

ICE declined to comment on the specifics of Mariee’s case, but said in a statement that it “takes very seriously the health, safety and welfare of those in our care.”

“ICE is committed to ensuring the welfare of all those in the agency’s custody, including providing access to necessary and appropriate medical care,” the agency said. “Comprehensive medical care is provided to all individuals in ICE custody.”

The agency added that it spends more than $250 million a year on health care services.

CoreCivic said in a statement that it had “deep sympathy for the family and the tragic loss of their child” and that ICE, not CoreCivic, provides health care services at its facilities.

Jones said he said he believed Mariee would still be alive if the two had not been detained at the facility.

“There’s no question in my mind,” he said. “It caused her death.”

Police: Father shoots, kills son during argument over cleaning room

A Milwaukee man is charged with first-degree reckless homicide after shooting his son in the back of the head during an argument over cleaning his room, according to authorities.

Police were called to the apartment Randall Wright shared with his 21-year-old son Jakari Wright on Saturday.

Wright said the two argued when he told his son to “clean up his room” after he found “dirty cereal bowls and other food items” in it.

The argument escalated when the father got his gun to emphasize the point, but he claimed his son wouldn’t back down.

“We started wrestling for the gun, and it went off,” Wright said.

Jakari Wright was shot in the back of the head. Police found him in a hallway just inside the entryway.

Wright’s lawyer Thursday argued for a low bail, calling the shooting a tragic accident. He remains jailed on $65,000 bail.


Mollie Tibbetts case: Undocumented immigrant charged with murder of missing Iowa student

Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who was last seen during an evening jog a month ago, was believed to have been found dead and an undocumented immigrant has been charged with her murder, authorities said on Tuesday.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was charged with first-degree murder, the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office said. Officials said a body had been found early Tuesday in a farm field southeast of Brooklyn, Iowa.

The identity of the body has not been confirmed, but it was believed to be Tibbetts.

“Our hearts go out to the Tibbetts family and to the Brooklyn community. It is a loss for all of us,” Poweshiek County Sheriff Tom Kriegel said in a news release.

Investigators said they used surveillance video to track down Rivera. The video showed Tibbetts, 20, jogging in a rural area near her hometown of Brooklyn, as well as Rivera’s car.

Officials believe Rivera is from Mexico and had seen Tibbetts jogging in the past, according to NBC affiliate KWWL.

A massive search had been underway for Tibbetts, who vanished on July 18 and whose disappearance sparked national attention.

Dozens of volunteers in the town of Brooklyn, Iowa, which has a population of about 1,500, had been searching fields around her house and the house where she was staying. Searches were also conducted by ground and air, and the use of K-9s.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa offered a reward of nearly $400,000 for any tip that led to her safe return.

The surrounding area had been covered with missing person posters, T-shirts and billboards pleading for help in finding the missing woman.

Police were also scanning Tibbetts’ digital footprint in an attempt to find her, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt said last month. Tibbetts, an avid runner, often wore a Fitbit, according to her family.

Tibbetts’ boyfriend, Dalton Jack, said he received a Snapchat message from her the night she disappeared after she would have returned from her run. She was reported missing the following day after she failed to show up for work.

Jack is not a suspect in the investigation. He was working a construction job about 100 miles northeast in Dubuque when Tibbetts went missing.

“She’s not going to run off,” Jack said in an interview earlier this month. “I try not to speculate on it too much because the only thing that comes into your head whenever you’re not investigating all the facts is that something bad happened and you don’t, I personally don’t want to believe that.”

Tibbetts was staying at Jack’s home, where she was watching his dogs, at the time she went missing.