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Homicide and child abuse detectives are investigating the death of a young child.

 

Emergency crews were called to a north St. Louis home around 3:30 this morning on reports that a one-year-old girl was having health problems. When paramedics arrived the girl had no heart beat and was not breathing. They performed CPR and transported her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

 

Investigators are still at the home, but no further details have been released.

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Parents listen up, there is a massive recall for one type of infant toy.

Kids II is recalling 400,000 Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers. The company has received reports of 61 injuries caused by the toy, including one 7-month-old child suffering a skull fracture. 

The recalled products are the jumpers with model number 90564. The model number can be found on the tag attached to the underside seat.

The following date codes, are included in the recall: OD0, OE0, OF0, OG0, OH0, OI0, OJ0, OK0, OL0, OA1, OB1, OC1, OD1, OE1, OF1, OG1, OH1, OI1, OJ1 and OK1.

Consumers are urged to stop using the product and contact Kids II for a replacement toy attachment.

Kids II toll-free at (877) 325-7056 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online here.

 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing parents more time to give up newborns, requiring screening for a heart defect and dealing with mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Nixon held a bill signing ceremony Tuesday at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

The legislation will permit parents up to 45 days instead of the current five days to give up their babies. And starting in 2014, screening for critical congenital heart disease will be required for infants.

Another newly signed bill seeks to close a loophole for child abuse reporting. Mandatory reporters suspecting child abuse or neglect currently must "immediately report" or "cause a report to be made." That means reporters can pass the information to another person in their organization. Information will now go directly to state officials.

 

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A 22-year-old Florissant mother is accused with breaking her 11-week-old son's arm.

Police say Alison Honkomp twisted her baby's arm until it broke. She has been charged with assault and is being held on a $10,000 bond.

 

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Employees at a St. Charles Chuck E. Cheese are being praised for how they dealt with a child being left behind yesterday.

The St. Charles police say a two-year-old boy was left behind at the restaurant by his daycare. He was one of 14 kids taken to the Chuck E Cheese by two women who work for Rich & Little Daycare in Moline Acres. Fox 2 reports that witnesses say there were just too many kids for only two employees.

Chuck E. Cheese employees noticed the boy wandering around and called police. The officers said the employees handled the situation perfectly. The boy has been reunited with his mother. An investigation into the situation is ongoing.

 
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 LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A Leadwood, Missouri man is being credited with saving the life of a 12-year-old boy, jumping into a flooded river to pull the child to safety.

   The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that the child, from Leadwood, Mo., is hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being rescued Sunday evening from the Big River.

   Witnesses and police say the boy and two others were trying to cross a bridge that was flooding. The boy fell into the water near a culvert pipe and the force of the water sucked him into the pipe.

   He emerged from the other end of the pipe and was floating down the swift-moving river when resident Robert Salsberry was able to grab the boy, pull him to a small island and perform CPR.

 

 
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A horrifying night for a south city couple after they find their two-year-old son hanging from a window blind cord. 

Investigators say the toddler died after he climbed up into the windows of his bedroom in their home off Water Street in south city and got tangled up in a long nylon cord from the window blinds.

The boy’s mother found him hanging several feet off the ground with the cord around his neck. Police do not know how long the child had been there. 

Police say the husband tried to perform CPR until EMS crews arrived. The toddler was pronounced dead at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. This happened Monday night around 7:45.

The parents were not taken into custody. Police are calling it a tragic accident.

Consumers who have window blinds with loops should immediately visit the Window Covering Safety Council website, Windowcoverings.org, or call 800-506-4636 to receive a free repair kit for each set of blinds.

Read more about Window Cord Safety and accident prevention.

Order a free Window Cord Safety Kit

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ST. LOUIS -- The Transportation Security Administration is apologizing after agents at Lambert Airport in St. Louis sought to screen a 3-year-old girl in a wheelchair.

The mother of the child shot video that caused a stir in social media after it was posted online. The incident happened Feb. 8. The girl and her family were about to fly to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. A TSA agent asked to pat down the 3-year-old and screen her wheelchair. The agent initially told the girl’s mother, Annie Schulte, it was illegal to tape the activity. On the video, the little girl, Lucy, who has spina bifida, is seen crying.

Agents eventually decided against a pat-down.

The TSA says it regrets the incident and will address concerns with its workers.
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