A Pennsylvania woman is facing charges after police said she overdosed while seven months pregnant. >> Read more trending news Kasey Dischman, 30, overdosed in her East Butler home on Friday, days after getting out of jail for retail theft, authorities said. In order to try to save her baby, doctors had to deliver the girl by performing an emergency cesarean section. Pennsylvania State Police said they are charging Dischman, who is recovering in a hospital, with aggravated assault on an unborn child. Dischman’s baby is in critical condition and on life support. If the baby does not survive, police said they plan to charge Dischman with homicide.
A pregnant woman is still recovering from a brown recluse spider bite that happened over a month ago. Kendall Butler was woken by the bite. She killed the spider and took it to the hospital with her immediately. >> Read more trending news Doctors were able to stop the infection and keep her unborn child safe by using antibiotics. However, she does have a large area of skin on her stomach that died because of the spider’s venom. Doctors said they don’t want to fully treat the wound yet because of the baby. Originally, the plan was to evacuate the wound and then look into skin grafts once the child is born. Now, Butler’s doctors say the wound needs to be evacuated sooner. They will wait until July 10 when the baby is seven weeks from the due date. Experts believe she’ll be strong enough by then to be born early, just in case anything happens during the procedure. A Green Country entomologist said that Oklahoma’s mild winter caused more dangerous insects to come out early. Experts say people should take precautions against insects while outside, but that there isn’t much to be done indoors but have homes sprayed. The Centers for Disease Control says that even though people fear bug spray with DEET is bad for pregnant women, it’s actually recommended with the same precautions as those who are not pregnant or lactating.
An inmate was shot and killed Wednesday after authorities said he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired it at Nashville's 100 Oaks Mall, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news In a tweet around 2 p.m. local time, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Wow. Don’t mess with a pregnant lady or her purse. A woman in North Carolina is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon after chasing a man down with her SUV who she says stole her purse! Witnesses say they saw the man, identified as Robert Raines, rummaging through Christine Braswell’s car in a Walmart parking lot. “When I walked out of Walmart, he had her purse and was pulling all of her stuff out,” Blake Bennett tells WCMH-TV. “Then me and my friend told him to put it down and ‘What are you doing?'” Braswell showed up and the man took off running with her purse. But she wasn’t about to let him get away. “Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and come across the curb and ran him over,” said Braswell. Raines suffered minor injuries and is now charged with felony breaking and entering. (VIDEO)
A Texas community is reeling after the death of a 2-year-old boy following a severe beating over the weekend. >> Watch the news report here According to KTRK, the Houston toddler died after being beaten by a belt and burned by a hot object, authorities said. The child’s mother, Lynette Monique Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, reportedly have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault injury to a child. Firefighters were called to an apartment complex on Creekbend Drive in southwest Houston about 10 p.m. Saturday, officials said. >> Read more trending news The child was found unresponsive and was taken to Southwest Memorial Hermann Hospital but later died, the Houston Chronicle reported. Officials said the boy appeared to have suffered multiple injuries.
Two hearings in the Congress on Wednesday morning about the Obama health law showcased the continuing partisan divide on that issue, as Republicans railed against recent increases in health care premiums and the law in general, while Democrats maintained those reforms are working, and that rate hikes are less than originally anticipated.
“Some of your comments in your opening remarks defy reality,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), an Obama health law opponent told one supporter at a House hearing.
“I’m expecting Toto in the land of Oz,” added Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), as the GOP assailed those who see the health care glass as half full.
In one hearing, supporters of the health law opened by telling lawmakers that despite recently announced premium increases for those who buy their insurance through healthcare.gov, that things are still headed in the right direction under the Affordable Care Act.
“Even after the correction, premiums will still be about 11 percent lower than premiums would have been in the absence of the Affordable Care Act,” said Topher Spiro, with the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.
Democratic lawmakers did their best to buttress those type of arguments, and noted the empty seats in the audience as evidence that the GOP push to overturn the Obama health law isn’t working.
“They’re not getting the political impact they hoped for,” said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who jabbed at the GOP over what they would do differently on improving access to health care.
“There still is not substitute, Republican plan,” Cooper said.
But Republicans read notes from people back home who made clear they want something else.
“I’m still looking for the affordable part of health care,” read an email to Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN).
At another hearing room, the basic arguments were much the same as two panels of the Energy and Commerce Committee gathered.
At that hearing, a lead investigator for the Government Accountability Office took flak from Democrats over an undercover effort to get fictitious people registered for health insurance and special tax credits.
Democrats denounced the GAO review as a “farce” and “deeply flawed,” arguing no one is going to sign up for health care, get credits and then never use the plan.
“Are there any actual cases of real people who did this?” asked Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO).
“No,” was the answer from Seto Bagdoyan, of the GAO, who still stuck to his findings that there were some flaws in the signup process that could lead to fraud.
For the Republicans, that was just another dose of evidence that the Obama health law is a disaster, a plan that they argue could be collapsing before our eyes.
For Democrats, it’s a big success, and one that the GOP should help to improve, not attack.