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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.”

Man's co-workers surprise him with billboard to welcome family's first baby girl in 137 years

A father gets to see his newborn baby’s face on his sales route after coworkers surprised him and his wife with a billboard birth announcement near Hardeeville, South Carolina. 

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Will and Kelen Settle welcomed Carter Louise Settle, their first child together, into the world on June 25. According to Will, she’s the first girl born into the Settle family in 137 years across four generations.

“My mother just went nuts. My mom always wanted a daughter,” Will told ABC News. “She was absolutely ecstatic. She could not believe it.”

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After the couple returned to their home in Bluffton, South Carolina, with their baby girl, a coworker told Will to drive toward Savannah, Georgia, and turn around and drive home. The coworker said there was a surprise waiting.

“I had an idea what it was going to be,” Will, the head of sales for Marlin Outdoor Advertising, told The Island Packet. “We have a lot of billboards in that area.”

Will, 38, had also received more than a dozen texts from friends who had driven by the billboard.

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“When I first saw it, it was an ‘Oh my God’ moment,” Will told  ABC News. “It is so pink, so large. It’s pretty obnoxious, I hate to say. It is so in your face, you wouldn’t believe it.”

Kelen said she thinks the idea was cute and looks forward to telling her daughter about the billboard when she’s older. 

The company has 900 billboards in the two states, he said, and his coworkers used one of them to display a birth announcement for Carter. The 12-foot-tall, 24-foot-wide announcement sits off Highway 315 and features a picture of the little girl with a message that reads, “Welcome to the World Carter Louise Settle.”

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Will said his sales route takes him as far north as Rock Hill, South Carolina, and as far west as Statesboro, Georgia, meaning he often gets to drive past the billboard and see his daughter’s face.

Doctors warn parents not to use allergy medicine to help kids sleep

Authorities in the state of Georgia are advising parents not to use allergy medications like Benadryl as a sedative for young children during summer trips. Both The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Poison Center have suggested against the practice.

“Parents think it’s safe because you don’t need a prescription, but that's not the case. These drugs can be dangerous,” Georgia Poison Center Director Dr. Gaylord Garcia said.

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Many antihistamines contain an active ingredient, diphendramine, which has a sedative side effect. It can cause adverse reactions in children younger than 5. Most drug makers say infants and children younger than 2 should not be given an allergy drug.

“Kids who have low doses can suffer from hallucinations, which is real scary for a parent. As the dose gets higher, you start worrying about tremors, convulsions and in the worst case scenario, rarely, death," Garcia said.

The GBI reports four infant deaths between 2015 and 2017 caused by acute antihistamine toxicity.

Pharmacists said parents should carefully read all instructions on drug labels. including allergy medications.

“It’s very clear: Children under 2, do not use. Two to 5, do not use unless you consult a physician. This should never be used as a sleep aide,” said  Ira Katz, owner of Little Five Points Pharmacy in Atlanta. “It’s not indicated as a sleep aide.”

Some parents said they are careful not use allergy drugs to help children sleep or rest.

“If they got stung by a bee, I would probably give them Benadryl for that, or an allergic reaction to shellfish, but not to go to sleep," parent Samantha Bosley said.

Pharmacists also warned parents to keep over-the-counter drugs out of reach of children.

“Put it way up in the cabinet so no one can get ahold of it,” Katz said. 

Mother shares heartbreak over son's baby blanket death to warn other parents

A Washington mother is sharing the heartbreaking details of her infant son's death to warn other parents and prevent another accidental death from occurring.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Jordan DeRosier explains how her 7-month-old son, Sloan, died on July 3. She says she put him to bed with two blankets, and when she went in the next morning to wake him, his head was caught in one of the blankets. His body was ice-cold. The blanket became tangled in the bed rails and her son’s head got stuck inside the blanket, DeRosier said.

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(DeRosier is pictured with her older son in the July 4 Facebook post.)

Family and first responders attempted to revive Sloan, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

In her post, she warns and pleads other parents: "You never think it will happen to you. You never think it will be your baby. Please do not put your babies to bed with a blanket."

She ends her post by saying, “Please learn from my world shattering mistake.”

DeRosier also decided to go public about her son's tragic death because she said anti-vaccine activists were blaming her son's death on vaccines, so she felt the need to set the record straight. 

Woman receives death threats after sharing photo of her baby’s ‘pierced’ cheek

A mother of six has been getting death threats after she shared a photo of her baby daughter sporting a cheek piercing.

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“So I got the baby girl’s dimple pierced,” Enedina Vance wrote on Facebook alongside the picture of her daughter. “It looks so cute, right? I just know she’s gonna love it! She’ll thank me when she’s older ... If she decides she doesn’t like it, she can just take it out, no big deal.”

Vance then went on to sarcastically address the possibility of being accused of bad parenting.

But the photo Vance posted was fake; the jewel in her daughter’s cheek was edited onto the photo, which was intended to protest body alterations to children.

“I’m the parent, she is my child, I will do whatever I want!” she continued, ending the caption for the doctored image with “#sarcasm.”

“I make all of her decisions until she’s 18. I made her. I own her! I don’t need anyone’s permission, I think it’s better, cuter, and I prefer her to have her dimple pierced. It’s not abuse! If it was, it would be illegal, but it’s not. People pierce their babies everyday, this is no different,” she wrote.

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Many social media users did not realize her post was was not meant to be taken seriously, and Vance was quickly bombarded with death threats, causing her to share two clarifications.

“Wow, so as (hopefully) everyone knows, my last post was fake. I photoshopped that picture of the baby to look like I had her dimple pierced,” she wrote in one post. “I seriously cannot believe how many people missed that this was purely satirical. I actually used the hashtag #sarcasm ... yet people were still threatening to beat me to death, call Child Protective Services and take away my children. I even explained within the comments that this was fake, that I edited the photo and that I’m actually an intactivist.”

At least one definition online defines intactivist as “someone who loves, honors, respects and protects the rights of the child to an intact body. Someone who sees genital mutilation of girls or boys as a contradiction to that fundamental human right.”

“Honestly, my post was meant to shock parents into seeing their children as human beings and to respect them as such,” Vance followed up in another post. “Every angry person who shared my post, did so in an attempt to shine light on an injustice.”

Doting grandma creates 'drive-in' movie theater for her family

A woman in Ohio just earned "cool grandma" status after hosting a drive-in movie party for her family.

Sherry Pratt, 49, is a grandmother of six. She told ABC News that she came up with the idea after seeing a projector on Amazon. She ended up recreating a drive-in movie experience for the kids in her family.

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“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to have an outdoor movie night?’ So I made these cars out of these little boxes for them. My son is a graphic designer, so I had him make the license plates with their names,” Pratt said. “Things just kept popping in my head to make it like a real drive-in. We just invited anybody who could make it. I think we had 12 children there.”

Her niece, 18-year-old Jessie Woods, posted photos of the event to Twitter, where they quickly went viral.

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Photos showed the colorful cars lined up in front of the projector, along with individual snack boxes for each kid.

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“It’s just so nice to be close to everyone and to be able to see them all the time. It just feels good,” Woods said.

Try this life saving tip before taking a child to a crowded place

 

 

A tip shared by a California police department in 2015 is still relevant for parents before taking a child to a large, crowded place.

“Write your phone number on their wrist and cover it with liquid band-aid in case you get separated,” the Clovis Police Department wrote on Facebook. 

Covering the ink with the liquid band-aid will keep it from washing off.

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“Also, take a photo of them using your cell phone the morning of the event so you have their clothing, hair style, and up to date photo,” the post continued.

The department first posted the tip in September 2015 before a large event in the city. The post was so popular the department decided to share it again.

Teen birth rates in U.S. hit all-time low, CDC says

Over the past two decades, teen birth rates have declined by nearly 65 percent, according to new data released by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on Friday.

But last year, the teen birth rate for U.S. women ages 15-19 hit a record low after it fell nine percent since 2015.

To come up with the numbers, researchers at the NCHS obtained birth certificates for 2016. According to the study, the birth certificates represent 99.96 percent of all births in the country as of Feb. 16, 2017.

The researchers found that for every 1,000 women aged 15-19 in 2016, there were 20.3 births — a 51 percent fall from 2007, when there were 41.5 births for every 1,000 women in that age group.

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Since 1991, the rate among all teens has plummeted by two-thirds.

"Data [from previous years] really suggests it is access to contraceptives and use of contraceptives that has really led to these kind of changes," Elise Berlan, a physician specializing in adolescent medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, told CNN.

Berlan said most teens are using some form of birth control: condoms, withdrawal and the pill.

Unlike teens, however, the birth rate for women between the ages 30-34 increased last year and women ages 35-39 had their highest birth rate since 1962.

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But overall, U.S. fertility rates still hit a historic low in 2016, the CDC and NCHS study found, largely due to fewer young women (teens and 20-somethings) giving birth.

And demographers are debating whether or not these declining fertility rates are leading the country toward a “national emergency,” as some demographers have described, according to the Washington Post.

But some are still optimistic, citing lower fertility rates in other developed countries that have leveled off.

And, as the Washington Post points out, “as fertility treatments have extended the age of childbearing, the birthrates among women who are age 40 to 44 are also rising.”

Read the full CDC and NCHS study.

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