Sailors rescue family at sea with ill child

April 6
California
Sailors rescue family at sea with ill child

The parents of a sick baby rescued from her family’s disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast said late Sunday that the child is doing well and that “her medical condition continues to improve.”

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman issued an e-mail statement while aboard the Navy frigate Vandegrift, which took them, their ailing 1-year-old daughter, Lyra, and their 3-year-old daughter, Cora, onboard at daybreak Sunday.

The parents thanked the California Air National Guard, Navy and Coast Guard for rescuing them when Lyra became ill and their sailboat, the Rebel Heart, became disabled about 1,000 miles from Cabo San Lucas.

After the family was taken aboard the Vandegrift, the 36-foot sailboat was scuttled to prevent it from being a hazard to navigation. Holes were drilled below the waterline on the vessel and it quickly sank.

The Vandegrift is expected to return to its home port in San Diego by midweek.

— Associated Press

100 arrested as party turns into brawl

About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 were taken to the hospital during a weekend college party in Southern California that became an out-of-
control street brawl, authorities said.

The violence broke out in the densely populated beachside community of Isla Vista about 9:30 p.m. Saturday during the annual spring break party known as Deltopia, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said things escalated after a police officer from the University of California at Santa Barbara was hit in the face with a backpack filled with large bottles of alcohol.

Authorities said some members of the crowd of 15,000 then began throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at officers, lighting fires and damaging law-enforcement vehicles.

At least five more officers were injured, including one who was hit in the face with a brick and two others who were hit on the hand with bottles, sheriff’s deputies said. All had been released from the hospital by Sunday morning, Hoover said.

— Associated Press

Pennsylvania
Second boy dies in alleged tub drowning

A 6-year-old boy whose mother has been charged with holding him and his younger brother underwater, drowning his brother, has died from his injuries, the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Sunday.

Daniel Schlemmer died four days after investigators found him and his brother Luke, 3, unconscious on the floor of a bathroom inside their home in Mc­Candless, north of Pittsburgh.

The boys’ mother, Laurel M. Schlemmer, had been charged with the murder of Luke and with the attempted murder of Daniel, who was on life support until he died Saturday.

Schlemmer, 40, called 911 on Tuesday and said the two boys might have drowned in the bathtub, police said. She later admitted to detectives that she sat on the boys in the filled tub after hearing “crazy voices,” according to the criminal complaint.

A third son, age 7, was at school at the time, the complaint said. Schlemmer also told investigators she thought she could be a better mother to her older child if the other two were not around, according to the complaint.

— Reuters

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