9 Interesting Parenting News Stories You Missed Today

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9 Interesting Parenting News Stories You Missed Today

4. Cafe Defends Its Kidnap Joke Signage in Town Where 5-Year-old Girl was Kidnapped and Murdered

Parenting News Stories | Stay at Home Mum

A customer of a cafe in a town where a five-year-old girl was abducted and murdered five years ago has criticised the owner of the cafe for putting up a sign making a “joke” out of the kidnapping.

Customer Angharad Penrhyn took to Twitter her disapproval of the sign in the Chimes café in Machynlleth in Powys — the town where the abduction and murder of April Jones happened last October 1, 2012. Her abductor, Mark Bridger was sentenced to life imprisonment seven months later.

The sign reads:

However, the café owner claimed in an interview with the BBC that the sign was put up for many weeks now and that the family of April Jones “have said nothing” about the sign. Though, she admitted that other people may interpret the message “the wrong way.”


3. Batman Impersonator Who Visits Sick Kids in Hospital Killed in Car Accident

A Batman impersonator, who visits sick children in hospital across Maryland and Washington in the US, was killed in an accident on a US motorway.

51-year-old Lenny Robinson was driving his ‘Batmobile-style’ Lamborghini, when it broke down on a motorway. Mr Robinson got out of the vehicle to check the engine when another car struck his car, which then hit him. CNN reports that Mr Robinson was dead-on-the-spot.

The news of Mr Robinson’s death reached those people whose lives he had touched. They felt disheartened by the news saying Mr Robinson, was their real-life superhero. Mr Robinson regularly visits children in hospitals across Maryland and Washington and even spends thousands of dollars buying gifts and toys to give to them.

In a 2012 interview, Mr Robinson explained why he visits hospitals in costume. “It’s rewarding in a completely different way, just making that child smile. If I only touch one kid out of all this, then I know I’ve done really something really successful,”  he said.

Mr Robinson even made it to the news in 2012 when a video footage of him in full Batman costume being pulled over by Montgomery County Police on a highway went viral worldwide.


2. Dad Arrested for Leaving 6-Year-Old Son Inside Car While Having Dinner with Young Girlfriend

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A 51-year-old dad was arrested for leaving his six-year-old son in a car for a dinner date with his 26-year-old girlfriend, who was also arrested.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Aric Keck and Jacqueline Tabb were charged with reckless conduct after abandoning the boy for 45 minutes in Alpharetta, Georgia on July 18. Police said Mr Keck, Ms Tabb and the boy went out for a dinner at Kona Grill. At about 9:30pm, when the boy complained about being tired, the couple took him back to the car and locked him in, then the couple went back to the restaurant and continued having their dinner.

After 45 minutes, the child who was already crying called his mother, who reported the couple to police. Mr Keck returned to the car and found his boy talking to a 911 dispatcher.

It was also reported that a dispatcher called Mr Keck, who hung up during the first call and during the next call said that he only left his son alone to use the bathroom. However, a CCTV footage showed that Ms Tabb led Mr Keck’s son away from the restaurant at about 9:32pm and returning without the child a few minutes later. 

Mr Keck allegedly called his ex-wife and threatened to kill her for calling police. However, Mr Keck and Ms Tabb surrendered to police on August 10.


1. Quadruplets Born to Grandmum To Go Home From Hospital Soon

Parenting News Stories | Stay at Home Mum

A grandmum, who gave birth to quadruplets three months ago is set to go home safely in the coming days.

Annegret Raunigk, 65, who already had 13 children and seven grandchildren, gave birth to the quadruplets by Caesarian section after travelling to Ukraine for fertility treatment with anonymous sperm and egg donors. German commercial television station RTL reported the first footage of Neeta, Dries, Bence and Fijon since they were born last May.

Christoph Buehrer, who heads neonatal services at the Charite hospital in Berlin where the infants have been treated since their birth, said that the three boys and the girl, who weighed between 655 and 960 grams (1.4 to 2.1 pounds) at birth, were said to be in “absolute high risk” and that two of the babies had to be given help breathing, and the other two had to undergo surgery. However, they are now safe, and have gained thrice their birth weight.

Ms Raunigk said that she decided to try to have another child because her youngest daughter, who was nine, wanted a little brother or sister.


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