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Danish billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka blasts

Danish billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka blastsDanish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his four children in the Easter day attacks in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for his clothing retail group Bestseller said on Monday. Danish media have reported that Holch Povlsen, his wife Anne and their four children were in Sri Lanka on vacation at the moment of the attacks, which struck churches and luxury hotels killing nearly 300 people. “I can confirm that three children have been killed,” Jesper Stubkier, the communications manager for Bestseller, said in a statement.



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Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering children

Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering childrenMeghan McCain isn't mincing words when it comes to her take on anti-vaxxers, taking to Twitter Friday to send a message about their "stupidity."



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'House of horrors': California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing their children

'House of horrors': California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing their childrenDavid and Louise Turpin, who pleaded guilty in February to torture and false imprisonment, are eligible for parole after 25 years.



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110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from Syria

110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from SyriaPRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United States.



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‘I Still Have Nightmares’: Tortured Turpin Children Speak at Parents’ Sentencing in ‘House of Horrors’ Case

‘I Still Have Nightmares’: Tortured Turpin Children Speak at Parents’ Sentencing in ‘House of Horrors’ CaseDamian Dovarganes/ReutersThe children of David and Louise Turpin shared emotional statements in court Friday as their parents were sentenced to life in prison for torturing, starving, and holding them hostage for years.In February, the California couple pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court to torture and dependent abuse as well as several counts of false imprisonment, child endangerment, and adult abuse in the “house of horrors” case that shocked the country. The abuse came to light in January 2018, when their 17-year-old daughter escaped from their Perris home and used her brother’s cellphone to call 911.“My parents took my whole life from me but now I’m taking my life back,” one of the couple’s 13 children, identified as Jane Doe 4, tearfully said in court. “I’m a fighter, I’m strong and I’m shooting through life like a rocket.”Before the hearing, the judge allowed the victims to speak under the guise of anonymity.“I’m in college now and living independently,” the daughter added. “I love hanging out with my friends and life is great. I believe everything happens for a reason. Life may have been bad, but it made me strong. I fought to become the person I am.”Prosecutors allege the Turpins abused 12 of their 13 children, routinely shackling, beating, and starving them in an act of torture and neglect so severe it stunted the growth of some of the kids. Two of the Turpin daughters are now unable to bear children as a result of the abuse. The siblings, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, were isolated from the outside world in their home about 60 miles outside of Los Angeles and were denied showers, medical care, and sometimes even food, prosecutors said. As punishment, the children were tied up for “weeks or even months at a time,” Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said.When authorities arrived to the house after the daughter’s call, she didn’t know what month it was or what the word medication meant. She claimed she hadn’t been bathed in months. “I cannot describe in words what we went through growing up. Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that had happened, such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten. But that is the past and this is now,” one of the couple’s sons said Friday, adding that he loves his parents and now forgives them for “a lot of the things that they did to us.”On Friday, Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Schwartz sentenced the pair to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years for their “selfish, cruel and inhumane” treatment, a ruling previously agreed upon with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. “The only reason your punishment is less than the maximum is that you took responsibility and spared your children the harm of reliving it,” Schwartz said in court. The parents had an opportunity to speak before the sentencing, each showing remorse for their actions and tearfully asking their children for forgiveness.“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to hurt my children,” Louise Turpin said. “I love them more than they could ever imagine.”David Turpin broke down in tears before he addressed the court, prompting his attorney to read his hand-written statement, which expressed hope his children will “remain” close since their parents will “not be with them.” “I thank God for all of my children,” the father’s statement read, adding that he is sorry “if I’ve done anything to cause them harm.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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The Latest: Lawyer: Shackled children want normal adulthoods

The Latest: Lawyer: Shackled children want normal adulthoodsRIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a California couple who starved and abused a dozen of their children for years (all times local):



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Children of California 'house of horrors' parents beg judge for more lenient sentence

Children of California 'house of horrors' parents beg judge for more lenient sentenceThe children of a California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing them in a case that has shocked the US said they "forgive" their parents as they begged the judge for a more lenient sentence.  David and Louise Turpin's 13 children were discovered malnourished, shackled to their beds and living in filthy conditions when their 17-year-old daughter escaped the home and raised the alarm last January. "I love both of my parents so much," said one of the daughters, in a statement read by her brother at a sentencing hearing on Friday. The comments were echoed by some of the other children, with one asking for a lighter sentence because "they believed everything they did was to protect us". The couple, who pleaded guilty to 14 charges including child abuse and torture in February, have been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. Investigators said all but one of the children – the baby – was abused Credit: UPI / Barcroft Images  The California "house of horrors" case, as it came to be known, shocked the US after the scale of the abuse was laid bare last year. When police entered the property in Perris, California they said it was covered in filth and the stench of human waste was overwhelming. The Turpins' offspring, who ranged from 2 – 29 years old at the time, were so severely malnourished they required urgent treatment for severe muscle wastage and neurological conditions. At least two girls have been left unable to bear children.  The deeply religious couple told the court they believed God had called on them to have so many children. Louise Turpin, left, listens to her attorney, Jeff Moore, during a sentencing hearing Friday Credit: AP Mrs Turpin, 50, wept as the first public statements from some of the children, who alternately spoke of love for their parents and what they had suffered. None of the children were publicly identified. One of the girls pleaded for a lenient sentence, saying her parents believed "God put it into their hearts" to home school the 13 children but were unable to cope.  Another said: "Life may have been bad but it made me strong. I fought to become the person that I am. I saw my dad change my mom. They almost changed me, but I realised what was happening. … I'm a fighter, I'm strong and I'm shooting through life like a rocket." David Turpin, left, listens to his attorney during a sentencing hearing Friday Credit: AP Ahead of his sentence, Mr Turpin, 57, told the judge he never intended to harm his children, saying: "My homeschooling and discipline had good intentions".  "I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children. I love my children so much," Ms Turpin said. Judge Bernard Schwartz told the couple they had delayed their children's "emotional, mental and physical development" as he jailed them on Friday. "You have severed the ability to interact and raise the children that you created and brought into this world," he said.   The court had previously heard how the children were only allowed to shower once a year and were mainly kept in their rooms except for meals, which had been reduced from three to one per day.  Other than an occasional family trip to Las Vegas or Disneyland, they rarely left the home. They slept during the day and were active a few hours at night. Although the couple filed paperwork with the state to home school their children, learning was limited.  "We don't really do school. I haven't finished first grade," the 17-year-old said, according to Deputy Manuel Campos. Investigators found that the toddler had not been abused, but all of the children were hospitalised after they were discovered. The seven adult children were living together and attending university in February when their parents pleaded guilty.



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Pentagon to find places to potentially house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children

Pentagon to find places to potentially house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant childrenActing U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved a request to identify places to potentially house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. In March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requested Pentagon support to identify locations to house unaccompanied migrant children through Sept. 30. Migrant arrivals on the U.S. border with Mexico have been building steadily for months, driven by growing numbers of children and families, especially from Central America.



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Chicago shooting: At least six people including two children injured at baby shower

Chicago shooting: At least six people including two children injured at baby showerTwo children were among six wounded victims in a drive-by mass shooting this weekend in Chicago. The shooting occurred on Saturday night in the city’s South Side, according to officials. Victims were reportedly at a baby shower gathering when gunfire erupted at about 6:21 pm local time in Englewood. The child victims were 8 and 10-years-old. Both were rushed to the Comer Children’s Hospital, where they were reported to be in stabile conditions. Police said both suffered gun shots, with the 8-year-old boy facing multiple wounds in his back and chest. The 10-year-old girl reportedly suffered a gunshot to her shin. The mother of the 8-year-old child was seen by local news outlets waiting outside of the hospital holding a shirt covered in blood while crying for her child. “He’s just a baby,” she repeatedly said. The Chicago Sun Times reported on the incident and its aftermath at the hospital. The boy’s grandmother confirmed to reporters that he was taken in for surgery that night. The mass shooting wasn’t the only gun violence impacting children in Chicago this weekend.A 13-year-old was seriously inured also on Saturday night at 8:20 pm local time when shots were fired at a car the boy was sitting in. He suffered an injury in the hip, police said, and was also transported to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition was stabilised.Only one of the victims in the mass shooting was reportedly in critical condition as of Sunday, a 29-year-old woman who was shot in her chest and shoulder and rushed to Christ Medical Centre. Police said witnesses declined to cooperate after the shooting. The Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.



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At least 6 shot, including 2 children, at family gathering

At least 6 shot, including 2 children, at family gatheringChicago police are looking for two gunmen who they say shot at least six people, including two children, Saturday afternoon in Chicago's West Englewood neighborhood.



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