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Breastfeeding mom claims deputy threatened to arrest her for being 'offensive'

A woman who was breastfeeding in Columbus, Georgia, took to Facebook after claiming a deputy threatened to arrest her for doing so, saying some may find it “offensive.”

Savvy Shukla uploaded a lengthy post to Facebook on Sunday explaining the incident. Shukla said she was at Piggly Wiggly with her sister and two children when a deputy came up to her.

>> Read the Facebook post here

Posted by Savvy Shukla on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shukla said she told the deputy that Georgia law allows her to breastfeed in public. The deputy then fired back, she said.

“You just THINK you know what the law says and if your nipple becomes exposed I really don’t want to have to arrest you or you be arrested for being offensive. This isn’t like the first amendment where you can say something offensive,” Shukla claimed the angry deputy told her.

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“I’m so upset about it and I understand why this type of harassment can cause moms to stop,” she added.

Muscogee County Sheriff John T. Darr wrote about the incident on his Facebook page Monday morning and clarified that breastfeeding is legal in Georgia.

"We are currently looking into this incident, and it will be addressed," Darr wrote. "Our office does not condone these actions and will ensure all officers know and understand the law. On behalf of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, I would like to personally extend an apology to the woman involved, and we hope that she knows that these are not the opinions or practices of the office as a whole."

>> Read the full post here

Good Morning, I have seen and am aware of a post circulating Facebook, regarding a situation between a Muscogee County...Posted by Sheriff John T. Darr on Monday, September 26, 2016

Later, Darr told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that he talked to the deputy, who said he only told Shukla that she might want to "cover up" after customers approached him.

“I think she had the mindset that he said that she couldn’t (breastfeed), and that’s so far from the truth,” Darr told the Ledger-Enquirer. “That’s my problem. People put that stuff out there on Facebook without getting all the facts.”

Shukla took to Facebook again to respond to the article.

"I am FURIOUS!" she wrote. "No the Deputy didn't just tell me to cover and leave it at that. He ARGUED with me about the law and told me I just 'THINK' I know the law and THREATENED TO ARREST ME or that I'd be ARRESTED IN THE FUTURE. Are you kidding me!?"

>> Read the post here

I am FURIOUS! No the Deputy didn't just tell me to cover and leave it at that. He ARGUED with me about the law and...Posted by Savvy Shukla on Monday, September 26, 2016

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

In heartwarming video, dad hospitalized after cancer diagnosis welcomes baby boy

An emotional video that shows a dad with cancer experiencing the birth of his son is going viral.

According to the Huffington Post, doctors diagnosed Cagney Wenk with stage-four gliboblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, three weeks before his fiancee, Jessica Li, was due to give birth to their son, Levon. As the Colorado man recovered from surgery in the ICU at Boulder Community Hospital, his nurses wanted to do something nice for the couple.

That's when they contacted an organization called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep to document Wenk welcoming his baby boy.

On Sept. 18, Sarah Boccolucci, a photographer and videographer, captured the emotional moment Wenk was brought from the ICU for Levon's birth. Her heartwarming video has been viewed more than 24,000 times.

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“There is a point during the birth where Cagney tells Jessica that they are surrounded by all the love in the world right now,” Boccolucci told the Huffington Post. “It is my hope that people will see the video, feel the love this family shares, and help lift them up and make a donation if they are able.”

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She added, "My hope is that the family gets all the support they can and remain hopeful that Cagney will beat this cancer."

If you would like to donate to the family to help cover their medical costs, visit their GiveForward page.

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Anti-vaxxer mom changes mind when 3 kids fall ill

Anti-vaxxer mom changes mind when 3 kids fall ill

A Chicago area mother and teacher  is speaking out after her anti-vaccination stance led to her three children becoming severely ill.

WLS-TV reported that Kristen O'Meara was once a believer in anti-vaccination research, but when her children got rotavirus, she changed her mind.

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"It was awful, and it didn't have to happen, because I could have had them vaccinated," O'Meara told WLS-TV. "I felt guilty. I felt really guilty."

O'Meara and her husband also got sick.

O'Meara said after reading materials that said why vaccines could be harmful, she became convinced they were harmful and decided not to have her children vaccinated.

"I put my kids at risk," she told WLS-TV. "I wish that I had taken more time to research from both sides before my children were born."

Although there are  parents who believe in anti-vaccination because of concern over autism links, the American Academy of Pediatrics said it has routinely been disproven.

Her children, a 5-year old and 3-year-old twins, underwent an aggressive regimen to catch up on missed vaccines and are doing well.

WLS-TV reported that had O'Meara stuck to her anti-vaccination stance, her children could have died.

"I'm here because I wanted to share my personal story," O'Meara told WLS-TV. "If it does help someone change their mind, then that's great."

Use debate as teachable moment, parenting expert says

The presidential race might be one of the most negative and nasty campaigns in modern U.S. history, with candidates being attacked as criminals, racists, sexists and liars. And even if parents don't like it, children are being exposed to it in school, on television and online.

Parenting expert Stacy Skelly said parents need to look for teachable moments in this year's presidential election.

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"It actually gives you a chance to say, 'Here is what is happening in the world around you, and here is how you can think about it,'" said Skelly, who works for educational research think tank Pearson. "Explain the process instead of focusing on some of the nastiness we've been hearing."

Skelly said the first presidential debate can also be an opportunity to talk about bullying, and what behaviors are and are not acceptable.

Skelly said that among the questions that parents could consider asking their children when politics turn negative are, "Is that the way you want to be treated?" or, "What would you do if you saw someone being treated poorly?"

She said parents can play a role in raising the next generation of voters.

Skelly said it's important not to try to shield children from politics, but to discuss the policies of political parties and the importance of voting.

Dad's heart breaks when he sees son's loneliness noted on paper

People around the country are responding to a dad’s plea for help after seeing his son’s loneliness highlighted on one of his class assignments.

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Bob Cornelius of Rockaway, New Jersey, visited his 11-year-old son’s open house night, where he saw some of his son’s work posted on a bulletin board. Cornelius took a photo and didn’t notice anything was off until he took a closer look later that night.

Christopher has autism, which Cornelius said makes it hard for Christopher to make friends.

Under a question that asked students to list some of their friends, Christopher wrote, “No one.” Cornelius said those words were “like a gut punch.”

“Never have five letters cut so deep, and they weren’t even directed at me … it was just an overly simplistic statement that spoke volumes,” Cornelius wrote. “And because I know him so well, and because I have a pretty good handle on him after raising him for 11 years, I know this disconnect makes him feel lonely.”

Cornelius doesn’t blame Christopher’s fellow classmates for excluding him, noting that those kids are also developing their social skills. Instead, he asked fellow parents to encourage their kids to befriend classmates who may seem different.

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“I don’t mean to imply that parents that don’t have this conversation with their kids are bad people, but only that somewhere in between working, soccer practice, and homework, it never occurred to them to have this particular conversation,” Cornelius wrote.

Cornelius said even just one friend would help his son tremendously.

“And the child that will finally reach out to him, that will help him, that will include him, will be the kindest child, the child that does the right thing by going above and beyond,” Cornelius wrote. “He will be Charlie Bucket.”

Since posting the story Monday, it has been shared more than 46,000 times.

Read more here.

Mom fires back on internet haters after she colors her daughter's hair

A Florida mom is coming under fire after she decided to give her daughter the hairstyle of the child's dreams.

Mary Thomaston, who is a colorist by trade, dyed her 6-year-old daughter's hair, giving the girl what's called "unicorn hair," The Huffington Post reported.

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Thomaston's daughter Lyra had been asking for the pastel-colored dye job that includes long teal locks, and a purple sun shaved on the right side of her hair.

A photo posted by Mary Thomaston (@marythomaston) on Aug 21, 2016 at 6:29pm PDT

Thomaston received hundreds of responses to the post of her daughter's hair, many in support of allowing Lyra be unique, but some people took to the web to complain that a child shouldn't have her hair dyed, even saying that it was dangerous, reported.

Thomaston said that she used hair color that will wash out and that she was not harmed during the coloring process, using products from Manic Panic N.Y.C., which bills itself as alternative hair color.

Viral photos of man grabbing girl's hair in Walmart spark controversy

Police in Texas are investigating after a concerned shopper at a Cleveland Walmart shared several photos on social media of a man grabbing a child's hair.

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According to Houston's KPRC, Erika Burch took several photos Monday after she saw the man "dragging this little girl by the hair" in the store.

Another witness, Ora Schumann, told KPRC that the man became angry with the girl "because she wasn't standing right next to the basket."

Burch said the girl told the man, "Please stop. I promise I won't do it again. Please stop!"

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Burch said that when she confronted the man, he told her, "You need to mind your own business."

She later called police and shared her photos on Facebook.

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Posted by Erika Burch on Monday, September 19, 2016

"It just so happened a cop was in Walmart," Burch wrote in the post, which has been shared more than 115,000 times. "He came running as we are exchanging terrible words with this [expletive]!"

Burch wrote that the officer's sergeant said they couldn't arrest the man "because there were no visible bruises, nor was her hair missing."

Burch added, "The sergeant ... said, 'He has the right to discipline his children."

Cleveland police said they are investigating the incident.

"The Cleveland Police Department has received numerous calls in regards to a child having her hair pulled last night at Cleveland Walmart," the department wrote on its Facebook page. "We want to assure the community this case is currently being investigated by our Detective Division. CPS has been contacted per our policy and is also investigating this case. A joint investigation is currently being conducted by both agencies."

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The Cleveland Police Department has received numerous calls in regards to a child having her hair pulled last night at...Posted by Cleveland Police Department on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

KPRC reports that nobody has been charged.

Meanwhile, the images sparked heated discussions on social media.

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Son pays tribute to late father with tongue-in-cheek obituary

A Texas man's tongue-in-cheek obituary is making headlines for its references to "his rickety old body" and love of scotch. 

According to Houston's KPRC, after 74-year-old Howard Wayne Neal of Lolita died Sept. 11, his son, Eric, decided to pay a humorous tribute to his late father, known as Wayne.

>> Georgia man died 'not wanting to witness' 2016 election results

"Wayne Neal has exited his rickety old body, having lived twice as long as he expected and way longer then [sic] he deserved," Eric Neal wrote in his father's obituary, which appeared in the Victoria Advocate. "He often wished in his later years that he had not treated his body like a Tavern [sic]."

>> Children honor father with unique, offbeat obituary

Eric described his dad as "a modest man who very seldom bragged about all of his treasures on Facebook."

"By the Way [sic], who the hell taught him about Facebook?" Eric wrote.

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Wayne also "had a passion for old cars, scotch, his construction company, scotch, travel and oh yeah scotch. Did we mention scotch?" Eric wrote.

>> Two women compete with obituaries of the same man

Wayne "is survived by his favorite son Buddy and another kid, some grandchildren, a few more great grandchildren, a trilogy of brothers, and one sister," Eric added. KPRC reports that Buddy was Wayne's dog.

>> Read the entire obituary here

​Posted by Wayne Neal on Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mother says 11-year-old son died mimicking prank YouTube video

A Georgia mother says her son mimicked a “hang myself” prank video on YouTube and accidentally killed himself.

Cantenecia Stokes of East Point said she was horrified to see her 11-year-old son hanging from a rope in his bedroom closet last Saturday morning.

“I lost my baby because of something he didn’t know really completely about,” Stokes said.

She told WSB-TV’s Matt Johnson that Aundreis Bass accidentally hanged himself after watching prank videos about hanging on YouTube.

That's what his three younger siblings told her as they watched him hang himself while their mother was making them breakfast.

Stokes said they told her he wasn't breathing, and she ran to cut him down and call 911.

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“I got a (breath) and that was it, and I panicked because I still wasn’t getting a response,” Stokes said.

She says her first-born child had every reason to live.

He loved drawing, listening to music and basketball.

She later found out he didn't want to follow through with what he had done.

“He panicked and he was trying to take himself out, and he didn’t know if you pull you're only worsening, it's tightening,” Stokes said.

He was pronounced dead four days later at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Now Stokes says she is not letting her other children use the internet unsupervised.

“It's gotten to the point where it's taking away our kids,” Stokes said.

She wants other parents to know about the type of disturbing videos that their children may be watching.

“I just don’t want nobody else to have to suffer what I went through,” Stokes said.

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