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Gastonia is a city located in Gaston County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 66,277. It is the county seat of Gaston County. It is considered part of the greater Metrolina area, a region of population, of which... (More Info and Source) Gastonia Real Estate

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Cops: Mom on crack-cocaine binge gives birth in motel bathtub

An infant is in critical condition days after his mother said she gave birth in a Florida motel bathtub while on a crack-cocaine binge.

Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Kristi Gray said the agency has taken custody of the baby and his 11-month-old brother. The baby was born Friday night in Ocala.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports 37-year-old Chrystal A. Hassell called 911 after the baby started turning blue.

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She was arrested on child neglect charges. Officials said she's on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail.

Hassell said she didn't know she was pregnant until March. The baby was born prematurely.

Her boyfriend, Vincent Terry, who is also in jail, told the newspaper the couple attended a court hearing Tuesday to determine the status of the children.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:54:08 -0400

Missing toddler crawls inside toy claw machine

A missing 3-year-old boy was able to crawl inside a claw vending machine at a bowling alley in Nebraska.

The child wandered away from his apartment and, according to KETV, climbed inside the machine and was surrounded by stuffed animals.

According to WOWT-TV, employees at Madsen's Bowling and Billiards in Lincoln said a customer alerted them that the young child was stuck inside the claw machine. 

At the same time a 24-year-old woman called 911 when she discovered her 3-year-old had slipped out of her apartment while she was in the bathroom.

Employees at the bowling alley called the machine vendor, who was able to get the boy out unhurt.

"There must have be 25 people surrounding him but he didn't notice anybody," witness Rachell Hildreth told KETV. "He was just inside playing with the stuffed animals."

The mother was reunited with her son and is not facing any charges.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:29:13 -0400

Car crash victims finally found after nearly 43 years

A South Dakota cold case appears to have finally been solved after almost 43 years. Authorities say the bodies of two 17-year-old girls who disappeared without a trace have now been found.

"Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson vanished on their way to a party back in 1971. A car was found in a creek after the water levels dropped. Investigators believe that it belonged to one of the victims' grandfathers." (Via ABC)

The car, discovered last fall, contained two sets of remains, which were sent off for testing. Tuesday, after months of investigation, the state's attorney general announced the remains did in fact belong to the girls, and the cause of death was a car accident. (Via KMEG)

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"To start with, the forensic pathology and anthropology reports indicate that there's no type of injury that would be consistent or caused by foul play or inappropriate conduct." (Via KDLT)

The girls' families reportedly attended the press conference but didn't speak to reporters.

Authorities had long suspected foul play, even indicting a man back in 2007 before the charges were dropped. (Via Argus Leader)

The only remaining mystery is how the car was overlooked for so long, given that it was submerged near a bridge that's inspected every two years. One explanation, according to the Sioux City Journal, is that a submerged car simply wouldn't look out of place in the area. "Decades ago, landowners would put old cars, farm machinery and other items along the banks to slow erosion. Seeing a wheel or car axle sticking out of a creek bank wouldn't necessarily set off alarms about possible foul play."

The girls' remains will finally be returned to their families for burial.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:44:00 -0400

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