Counseling, Classes Ordered
For Mother in Taped Beating
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A woman caught on videotape beating her 4-year-old daughter must undergo counseling and take classes in parenting and rage control before she can regain custody of the child, a judge ordered yesterday.
Probate Judge Peter Nemeth also ordered Madelyne Toogood to maintain stable housing, maintain consistent contact with the state Office of Family and Children and visit her daughter, Martha, regularly. She also must complete a parenting assessment.
Toogood, 25, and her husband, John Toogood, 29, belong to a nomadic group called the Irish Travelers. They have been living in Mishawaka for about six months.
John Toogood was ordered to maintain stable employment, stable housing and to complete a parenting assessment and follow its recommendations.
The Toogoods wouldn't comment outside court but agreed to the stipulations. If they meet the court's demands, they likely will be reunited with their daughter in six months to a year. The girl is now living with her maternal grandmother.
LOS ANGELES -- A water polo coach at a Southern California high school has been fired after administrators found a secret videotape of girls undressing in their locker room, officials said. Brian Akian, an assistant water polo coach at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, about 40 miles south of Los Angeles, was dismissed over allegations that he was involved in the taping, said officials.
ATLANTA -- An Emory University law professor who won the Pulitzer Prize for a book on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been suspended for six months over his arrest last month for an alleged altercation with a colleague. David J. Garrow, 49, was charged with simple battery in the Sept. 19 incident involving Gloria Mann, the law school's director of operations. Garrow has repeatedly denied the allegations. He won a Pulitzer in 1987 for "Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference."
MIAMI -- A daughter of one of Rilya Wilson's caregivers, Geralyn Graham, pleaded not guilty to fraud charges and said she doesn't know the missing girl's whereabouts. Jacquelyn Epson's plea came a day after her brother, Leo, accepted a plea deal in exchange for agreeing to tell investigators everything he knows about the girl who has been missing since January 2001.
ANCHORAGE -- A strong earthquake rocked a broad swath of Alaska, waking people up hundreds of miles from the epicenter, 30 miles southeast of Denali National Park and knocking items off shelves but causing no major damage or injuries.
ORLANDO -- Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, saw their daughter, Noelle, on Tuesday for the first time since she was sentenced to 10 days in jail for violating terms of her drug-treatment program. Noelle Bush was ordered to serve jail time last week after being accused of having a small amount of crack cocaine in her shoe at her drug rehabilitation center.
-- From News Services