BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who prosecutors say lived with her dead baby girl's body for three months was charged Saturday with murder.
Christina Colantonio, 28, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her daughter, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said.
Police launched an investigation Thursday when an acquaintance visiting Colantiono at her apartment in Batavia, about 45 miles from Buffalo, found the baby's lifeless body and called 911, Batavia Police Det. Sgt. Todd Crossett said at a news conference Saturday evening.
Investigators believe Colantonio killed the girl "shortly after birth," about three months ago, Crossett said. Authorities would not say how the baby died, but Friedman said investigators "have enough evidence to come to a conclusion it was intentionally caused." A medical examiner will determine the infant's official cause of death. Friedman said the investigation was still ongoing.
Police said Colantonio, who has two other children, lived alone in the apartment. She was arraigned Saturday at Batavia City Court and ordered held without bail.
Colantonio remained jailed Saturday evening and could not be reached for comment. It was unclear whether she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.
Crossett said the officers who discovered the baby girl's body were being offered counseling.
"It's not something you see on a regular basis," he said. "They are the most vulnerable part of the...
Lee Hall got the gift of life -- and it was still beating when it arrived.
The 26-year-old Cornwall, U.K. resident was diagnosed with heart failure at age 14. At age 20, he had a mechanical pump installed to keep the blood flowing around his body.
But Hall got some bad news in May. Doctors said his heart pump cables were infected, and he'd need a new heart within two days or he would die, according to South West News Service.
But Hall got a lucky break when he learned he had a heart donor. The dead patient's heart was revived for Hall, using a method called a "heart in a box" that keeps the organ beating outside of the donor's body.
First, doctors provided a passage of warm blood through the donated heart. The blood was heated to reduce tissue damage and oxygenated using a gas exchanger right up until the moment it was transplanted into Hall's body. The method can keep a heart alive for up to eight hours.
Hall underwent the procedure earlier this summer. He's back home with wife, Danyelle, and their one-year-old son, Hayden.
"The fact that they could keep that heart alive in the box was the difference between life and death for me," Hall told South West News Service. "I just woke up feeling so much better than I ever had. It has made a huge difference."
The "heart in a box" technology was designed by Transmedics, a medical technology company based in Andover, Massachusetts.
The company also makes similar products for liver and lung transplants. It is believed the "heart in a box" could increase successful transplants by 33 percent.
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People in Portland, Oregon, are raising a stink over a man who keeps defecating in public.
The suspect, who residents have nicknamed "the Portland Pooper," has been seen defecating all over the southwest part of the city in the last few weeks.
Locals think his crap attacks are not spontaneous.
“I find it interesting that he has toilet paper with him, it’s very pre-planned,” Catrina Salazar told KOIN. “You just don’t really know what to expect around here. People, they like do their own thing, they kind of march to the beat of their own drum.”
One business owner set up a surveillance camera to capture the serial pooper in the act. He then printed flyers so that fellow citizens would have the straight poop on him.
Part of the problem is where the public pooper chooses to leave his dookie deposits.
“It’s pretty weird because we’ve got a couple of schools and a park here,” Shawn Peralta told KOIN."There are a lot of families around here and this is not the kind of thing you want to see."
Portland police are asking anyone with information on the "Portland Pooper" to call 503-823-3333.
If apprehended, the suspect could be face charges of public indecency and “offensive littering," a legal term that Willamette Week pointed out "understates the grossness of this crime to an astonishing degree."
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