Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Briefs: Woman Found Pushing Dead 3-Year-Old Son in Swing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Briefs: Woman Found Pushing Dead 3-Year-Old Son in Swing

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Dead dolphin, pelicans found near site of California oil spill

Officials say a dead dolphin and three dead pelicans have been found near the area of an oil spill on the California coast.

Veterinarian Michael Ziccardi said Friday it's not clear if the dolphin found in Santa Barbara Harbor died from exposure to the crude oil that spilled into the ocean from a leak in an underground pipe about 20 miles away.

The director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network says two sea lions, an elephant seal and six pelicans have been rescued.

Officials say the sheen of oil is thinner than a coat of paint and is becoming harder to skim from choppy, wind-driven water.

A state parks official says Refugio and El Capitan state beaches and campgrounds will be closed until June 4. That's a week longer than originally announced.

The spill now covers nearly 10 square miles.

Police investigate dead child in swing * A woman was found in a Maryland park pushing her dead toddler in a swing, and authorities say she may have been there all night.

Charles County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday that police found the unidentified woman in a park with her dead 3- year-old son in the town of La Plata after receiving a call Friday morning. The release said officers saw right away that the toddler was dead, and that his body showed no signs of trauma.

The sheriff's office says the child's body was taken to a medical examiner for an autopsy and the mother was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation.

La Plata is about 30 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.

Mom accused of assault on toddler during Alaska Airlines flight * A mother pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she physically and verbally assaulted her 15-month-old daughter during an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu.

Samantha Leialoha Watanabe allegedly cursed at the toddler, smacked her in the back of the head, pinched her and pulled out bits of her hair during the May 3 flight. A passenger told the FBI that Watanabe stuck a wad of cash in the girl's diaper, according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI. …

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