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Boys, 5 and 2, go for joyride, crash mother's car

Two toddlers, 5 and 2 years old, hit the road on Monday, taking their mother’s car to go on a 3-mile joy ride, according to news reports.

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The eldest brother was behind the wheel, with the 2-year-old his passenger, as they headed down country roads in Putnam County, West Virginia, deputies told WSAZ

According to KSTU, the 5-year-old knew his mother kept an extra set of keys under the mat in her car, and the boys wanted to visit animals on their grandfather’s farm seven miles away.

The boys made it nearly halfway to their destination before driving off the road down an embankment, Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said. Homeowners in the area saw the crash and called police, KSTU reported.

Deweese told WSAZ authorities found the boys’ mother about an hour after they crashed. She told them she thought the boys were playing in their front yard. She hadn’t known they were missing, KSTU reported.

The children were taken to a hospital and released without injuries. 

“I’m so glad that the kids didn’t get seriously injured, and hopefully, the mother will do her parental duties and watch her children,” Deweese said.

So far, no charges have been filed, but the owner of the apartment complex where the family lives is kicking them out. 

“I have families that live here,” Sharlene Wiseman told WSAZ. “We have other tenants. Our children play out here. They're not expecting anything like a runaway car coming by.”

Read more at WSAZ and KSTU.

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a new health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic.

If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this chemical listed as the active ingredient. Avobenzone is the active ingredient in most sunscreens as it protects against UV rays.

>> The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

“I have this one (because) I bought it just for my daughter, but I don't even know if it has it. Oh, avobenzone, there it is – first ingredient. And [the sunscreen is made] for babies, so that's not good,” said Candice Brown of Mattapan, Massachusetts.

“It's an incredibly common ingredient in sunscreen,” said Dr. Abigail Waldman, Brigham and Women’s dermatologist.

>> Here are the 19 best sunscreens for kids, according to experts

But a new study first conducted in Moscow and published in the Chemosphere Journal, which is now being cited here in the United States, found that avobenzone can break down when exposed to a combination of light and chlorinated water, such as in a swimming pool, and it can degrade into some very harmful compounds, some of which are known to cause cancer.

“Anytime you put on a sunscreen or a lotion, it can react with chlorine and byproducts can form, which are chlorinated byproducts that can potentially could be harmful and whether that's on your skin initially or it's floating in the pool and you get exposed, those are two main ways of having exposure,” Waldman said.

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Waldman explained that the particular concern is ingesting it, such as “after swimming in a pool and putting your hand in your mouth or sucking your thumb,” she said.

Waldman's advice is to keep kids' hands out of their mouths, towel or shower off immediately after pool time, and consider look for a sunscreen with zinc.

Mothers told WFXT that they're going to make the switch.

“So yeah, we gotta think about that,” Brown said.

Waldman also said that despite all of this, people shouldn't stop using sunscreen altogether.

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She said using sunscreen, even with avobenzone, is better than using nothing at all because going without it can lead to skin cancer.

Baby who was 'close to death' from blood disease saved by anonymous bone marrow donor

Baby Denniya Rawls was born with a potentially deadly genetic blood disease known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, and was admitted to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in March where doctors described her as “close to death.”

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“She was really almost in liver failure and could not breathe well,” Dr. Rabi Hanna, the department chairman of Pediatrics Hematology Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, told WKYC.

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Robin Thornton, Denniya’s mother, said the disease was eating up her immune system and that her body was fighting against itself.

However, a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous 54-year-old saved the little girl’s life. After spending 100 days in the hospital, now 8-month-old Denniya is home on Cleveland’s east side. To date, she is the youngest baby to get a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at the hospital.

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“Bless his heart, wherever he is,” her parents said. “We can’t wait to meet him because this is our miracle baby right here!”

Thornton added, “To hear her breathe. To hear her laugh. To see her smile.”

OK to curse in front of your kids? Facebook post sparks debate

A woman in Australia is making the case for cursing in front of children.

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Constance Hall, an Australian blogger and mom, shared her theories in a Facebook post that went viral, and the “Today” Show further added to the discussion.

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In the post, Hall points out that she has let some reactionary swear words slip while in the presence of her children, but she feels the cursing isn’t a big issue. Hall said she doesn’t need to teach her children they can’t use swear words, and that they instinctively know it isn’t allowed.

“But my kids have never sworn. They know mum can, we can't,” Hall wrote in the post.

She added that one of her children has begun to curse, but she believes it was influenced by friends, not her.

A “Today” show poll on Twitter found that 67 percent of 3,252 voters do not agree with Hall. But the show’s child development expert, Dr. Deborah Gilboa, backs up her claims.

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"The rule here is: You can swear. But you can't swear where an adult or a child younger than you can hear," Gilboa said. "Treating people respectfully matters, so if they feel swearing around them is disrespectful, don't do it."

WARNING: Facebook post contains raw language not safe for the workplace.

Read an edited excerpt from the post below.

“I ... sometimes swear in front of my kids. I justify it to myself be saying I only ever swear for emphasis, I never swear at anyone.

“You'll never catch me calling someone a name or screaming (expletive.)

“It's the (expletive) when you you've gotten everyone in the car and are pulling out of the drive way when you smell a baby decided now was the perfect time to drop a (expletive).

“Or the (expletive) at the pain that an innocent babies soft little lips can shoot through your body when latching onto (you.) 

“But my kids have never sworn. They know mum can, we can't.

“I barely even needed to teach them that, it was instinctual. Adult words and they rarely repeated them despite the odd hilarious moment in the supermarket..

“But recently, to my surprise Arlo has been dropping a few bombs..

“And as it turns out, his new mates don't mind throwing around these particular words and their all rocking out feeling cool (because) they said (an expletive.)

“Does it bother me? Not much, meanness would bother me more. I certainly don't encourage it, have pulled him up on it and he appears to have stopped.

“But I realized something pretty important. Arlo is reaching an age where his friends have a greater influence on him then I do, he copies them, loves them dearly and gets empowered by them.

“I read about that once, about how you will come to a time where your children get their power from their mates and there isn't much you can do about it, you need to let them discover who they are in a group of peers. That's socializing.

“And it's beautiful.

“But what we can do is teach them how to recognize qualities that we respect. Point out, ‘How kind was Charley lending you his drink bottle?’ And ‘did you see how Sam helped out that younger kid?"’“’I love the way Sophia is always making funny jokes.’

“So while it's important to say, ‘Don't swear. It's not cool,’ it’s equally important to teach your kids to strive to find friends with similar moral codes to your family.

“That way when they do ignore you and run off with their mates, they are in good hands, maybe cheeky ones, maybe sweary ones, but good ones none the less.

“Because our house hold might be a sweary one, but it's a ... kind one, and it’s full to the brim with love.”

Boy gets surprise from special heroes after no one shows up to his birthday party

After no one in 7-year-old Cole Hittler’s class showed up to his birthday party, he got a special surprise from those touched by his story.

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Hittler is in first grade at Harris Elementary in St. Charles, Missouri. As an infant, he underwent skull surgery. At age 4, he was diagnosed with Apraxia, a speech disorder.

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Once they heard that no one showed up to Cole’s birthday party, a few people took it upon themselves to plan a surprise birthday party for the little boy. He and his family were picked up in a limousine Sunday afternoon and driven to Dave and Busters with a police escort.

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A warm welcome greeted the family, and even Batman, Cole’s favorite superhero, stopped by to wish him a happy birthday.

“It was neat, all of the smiles, because that’s what he deserves,” his mother told KMOV. “He struggles really hard and it’s nice to see some recognition and some happiness on his face.”

Gymboree closing 350 stores after filing for bankruptcy

A children’s clothing retailer is closing hundreds of stores.

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Gymboree announced the company will close about 350 across the U.S., and closing sales will begin Tuesday. The company will have more than 900 locations after the stores are shut down. Gymboree also operates Janie and Jack stores and Crazy 8 stores.

>> Children's retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy

“Today’s announcement represents the next step in the company’s court-supervised financial restructuring as we work to more strongly position the business for long-term growth and success,” said Daniel Griesemer, CEO of Gymboree, in a statement.

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The San Francisco-based company says it is seeking to reduce its debt by $900 million. It expects to operate its business and majority of its 1,300 stores during the restructuring.

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Gymboree is the latest retailer to file Chapter 11, close stores or go out of business entirely in 2017. Shoe chain Payless ShoeSource filed for bankruptcy protection in April and The Limited closed all 250 of its remaining stores early this year. Teen retailer Wet Seal in January said it would close its 171 stores.

3-year-old in body cast after jumping at trampoline park

A 3-year-old boy in Tampa, Florida, suffered broken bones and will be in a body cast for the next six weeks from jumping at a trampoline park promoted for toddlers. 

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The mother of the boy, Kaitlin Hill, posted on Facebook Friday warning other parents about the dangers of indoor trampoline parks. 

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“Colton fell and broke his femur, the strongest bone in his body, while innocently jumping alongside his dad and I,” Hill wrote. 

The facility where her son was injured “specifically advertised ‘Toddler Time’” on trampolines, according to Hill. 

Hill said according to America Academy of Pediatrics and the America Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, children who are under 6 years old “should never use a trampoline.” She wrote the reason is because children still have “fragile bones” that cannot handle the pressure from repetitive jumping. 

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“We had no idea and were shocked to find this out from our pediatric orthopedic surgeon during Colton's hospital stay,” Hill wrote on Facebook.

So far, Hill’s Facebook post has received more than 200,000 shares and over 50,000 comments. Some Facebook users have canceled their plans to take their children to trampoline parks or have reconsidered buying their kids a trampoline.

“Without knowing, we were about to schedule a birthday party for our grandchild at one of these trampoline indoor facilities. Thanks to you it's been canceled,” one Facebook user, John Guerrero, wrote on Hill’s post.

Couple who lost wedding photos in fire get amazing surprise for 38th anniversary

A couple is thanking their daughter for a surprise their family will cherish for generations.

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Jennifer and Timothy Bing tied the knot 38 years ago in Maryland, but all the photos from their wedding were destroyed in a fire at a pharmacy.

“I felt devastated. That’s the only wedding I had,” Jennifer Bing, 65, told ABC News.

Her daughter, Ashleigh Bing, decided to surprise her parents with something unforgettable for their 38th anniversary on July 7 — new wedding photos.

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Ashleigh is a professional photographer and arranged a surprise photo shoot for her parents, complete with touching personal touches, including a framed wedding invitation from her parents’ big day — one of the only surviving mementos from their wedding.

Ashleigh picked out two gowns for her mom and reached out to a florist and a makeup artist. She kept it all a surprise until the day before the shoot.

“I told my parents that I needed them on Saturday, June 17. ... My mom kept asking me questions, but I would not tell her anything. I got great joy from her trying to figure it out,” Ashleigh told the Washingtonian.

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The night before the shoot, Ashleigh showed her mom the dresses and told her she had to be ready for makeup at 5:30 a.m. the next morning.

“She cried, and could not believe it,” said Ashleigh.

The photo shoot was held outside the Washington National Cathedral and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

On the day of their anniversary, Ashleigh gave them an album of the special anniversary photos.

“She has made a wish come true of mine that I thought would never happen,” Jennifer Bing told ABC News. “She’s my favorite girlfriend in the whole wide world.”

Razor blades found melted into slides at 2 Texas parks

Police in Huntsville, Texas, are investigating a disturbing find that may make parents rethink their next trip to the park.

According to KHOU, city workers found razor blades in two parks July 6.

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Four razor blades were found melted into the slides at Emancipation Park and Boettcher Mills Road Park.

Police believe that the blades were inserted into the slides using a lighter.

While city workers immediately removed the blades, the incident is still causing concern.

Park visitor Roosevelt Dancey told KHOU, “This should be a safe haven for children. They should be able to be playing, be normal children.”

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In a bid to catch the criminals in the act, officers are installing cameras to monitor the parks. 

If you have any information that could shed light on this case, contact the Huntsville Police Department at 936-291-5480.

Mom wants apology after son covered in human waste at McDonald's

A New Hampshire woman is demanding an apology and raising questions about the cleanliness of a Manchester McDonald’s after she says her son became covered in human waste in the playpen.

Justina Whitmore said that when she let her son play, she knew he may be covered in germs, but she never imagined her 5-year-old would emerge from the yellow slide covered in another child’s waste.

Gabriel said he was playing tag with another child, who apparently had a soiled diaper.

“It was because he went down the slide first,” he said. “And then I couldn’t help it, and it went all over me.”

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But it’s what happened after the incident that the mother finds even more outrageous.

She said there was no soap in the bathroom, and when she asked employees for help, she said they just laughed at her.

“I went over to the counter and said, ‘Are you going to give me any paper towels or anything to help clean my son off?' and they were just laughing and arguing about who should clean it up.”

For 10 minutes, Whitmore said she was pleading for assistance, only to have employees ignore her and take smoke breaks or act like a child.

“I was at that point just using my bare hands and ... using his left sock to scrape it off his skin,” Whitmore said.

Her friend started taking video when things got heated.

Whitmore shared the encounter on Facebook. It’s now been shared more than 4,500 times, raising questions about the cleanliness of the fast-food favorite.

“I’m sure employees go to the bathroom,” Whitmore said. “There’s no soap. How are they washing their hands?”

Because her son has eczema, she had to take him to the emergency room to get checked out after the incident.

She said she just wants an apology but hasn’t heard from the owner.

WFXT received a statement from the owner, Michael Gambino, who said, “The safety and well-being of our customers are our top priorities. We are investigating the situation and will take any appropriate measures to address.”

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