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Mom Found Dead of Heroin Overdose in Child’s Room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

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Mom Found Dead of Heroin Overdose in Child's Room at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

CINCINNATI – In their hometown of Trinity, Alabama, MaryAnn and Wesley Landers were seen as doting parents of two girls, a couple with a very strong faith.

Their youngest, now 7-months-old, was born with an airway far too small, the Landers shared on Facebook and their pastor confirmed.

She was being treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center this week. The Landers updated their progress online, sharing excitement about the doctors in Cincinnati and a last optimistic selfie before Wednesday’s successful surgery, a double-stage laryngotracheal reconstruction.

“We prayed for their precious child, we prayed for them,” pastor Dennis Terry told  WAAY in Huntsville, Alabama. “When they left, they were very positive and upbeat and just believed God was going to bring their daughter through this.”

Hours after that procedure, though, MaryAnn Landers was dead, and Wesley Landers was in jail.

Heroin, police said they believe, was behind their downfall.

Cincinnati police spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy the 32-year-old woman was found unresponsive in her child’s room at at about 11:34 a.m.; she was dead by the time she was found. Her 31-year-old husband also was unresponsive, though he survived. According to court records, Wesley Landers had a handgun and three syringes used for heroin in his pockets.

charged with possession of drugs and firearms after he was found overdosed in his 7-month-old child's hospital room at Cincinnati Children's ...

Wesley Landers, charged with possession of drugs and firearms after he was found overdosed in his 7-month-old child’s hospital room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

He was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment and later booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of carrying concealed weapons, possession of drugs, having weapons while under disability and possessing drug abuse instruments.

“I’ve got to say now nothing really surprises me,” said Chief Tom Synan of the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition. “It is shocking where it happened, how it happened. You’re right there with your child.”

Investigators were testing to confirm that heroin was the drug that caused their overdoses, Synan said.

“You would think they wouldn’t be compelled to do something like that — that the child would be the number one priority, but I don’t think we’re dealing with people anymore,” he said. “It’s the heroin, and the heroin literally takes over.”

Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said her office was working to find answers as quickly as possible.

“Once somebody is in the throes of addiction, I think they lose who they are and become something else… somebody else,” Sammarco said.

She added: “I wish I had some answers, I really do. All I can tell you is that our office is inundated, and if I had some answers, we would be implementing them now.”

Ann Barnum, vice president of community strategies at Interact for Health, said stress and addiction intersect in a powerful way.

“Particularly in stressful situations — that which your child being in the hospital is extremely stressful — in those stressful situations, the way that people who are addicted calm themselves is to use the drug,” she said.

Wesley Landers was set to appear before a Hamilton County judge Friday morning.

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New Jersey Man Latest American Tourist to Die at Dominican Republic Resort

Joseph Allen is at least the ninth American to have died while staying at resorts in the the small Caribbean country.

An Avenel, New Jersey, man died last week while staying at a resort in the Dominican Republic, becoming at least the ninth other American tourist to die under mysterious circumstances while visiting the small Caribbean country…

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Joseph Allen is at least the ninth American to have died while staying at resorts in the the small Caribbean country.

An Avenel, New Jersey, man died last week while staying at a resort in the Dominican Republic, becoming at least the ninth other American tourist to die under mysterious circumstances while visiting the small Caribbean country.

Joseph Allen, 55, was found dead in his room Thursday at the Terra Linda Resort in Sosua, where he was celebrating a friend’s birthday, his family confirmed to NBC News. Allen’s sister-in-law said that the family was scrambling for answers.

New Jersey Man Latest American Tourist to Die at Dominican Republic Resort

Joseph Allen of Avenel, New Jersey, died last week while staying at a resort in the Dominica Republic, his family confirmed to NBC News Wednesday.

A number of other families reported stories of their relatives mysteriously dying while staying at resorts in the Dominican Republic.

Leyla Cox, 53, an MRI technician from Staten Island, was staying at the Excellence resort in Punta Cana when she died on June 11, just a day after her birthday, according to her son. Will Cox said he still does not know his mother’s cause of death and has not had the chance to mourn properly as her remains still haven’t been returned home.

He also told NBC News that a representative for the U.S. Embassy said a toxicology test would not be conducted on his mother’s body due to broken machines.

Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died while staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana on April 12. Wallace’s family asked for privacy and has not confirmed the circumstances of his death to NBC News.

In May, Miranda Schaup-Werner and a couple, Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day, died over a five-day period at the Bahia Principe resort in La Romana.

Holmes and Day were found dead in their room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. Pulmonary edema — excess fluid in the lungs — was listed among the causes of death for the couple in preliminary reports.

The FBI, which is investigating the three May deaths, said further toxicology results on the Americans could take up to 30 days.

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ICE to Remove ‘Millions of illegal Aliens’ in US, Trump says, Scant on Details

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ICE to Remove ‘Millions of illegal Aliens’ in US, Trump says, Scant on Details

President Donald Trump late Monday announced on Twitter that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE will begin the process of “removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the U.S.,” but did not elaborate on what new measures will be taken.

“They will be removed as fast as they come,” Trump said.

Mike Morgan, the director of the agency, did not announce any new initiatives during his stop in Louisville on Sunday, where he spoke about the humanitarian and national security crisis at the border.

ICE did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News for comment.

Earlier this month, Trump announced that the U.S. reached a deal with Mexico that includes plans to return migrants seeking asylum to Mexico, where they will remain until they can be processed.

Trump praised Mexico in the tweet, saying the country has been doing a very good job at stopping those trying to gain access to the U.S. border.

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US to Send 1,000 Additional Troops to the Middle East as Tensions Escalate with Iran

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration will send a thousand troops to the Middle East amid increased tensions with Iran…

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US to Send 1,000 Additional Troops to the Middle East as Tensions Escalate with Iran

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration will send a thousand troops to the Middle East amid increased tensions with Iran.

Shanahan said that the increased forces were in response to a request from U.S. Central Command for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East. U.S authorities accused Iran of attacks on two tankers last week, though the country’s foreign minister has denied the accusations.

“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said. “The U.S. does not seek conflict with Iran.”

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, center, speaks about the situation in the Persian Gulf region during a meeting with Portuguese Minister of National Defense Joao Cravinho, at the Pentagon on June 14, 2019.

The decision comes hours after the State Department said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo planned to meet with U.S. military commanders overseeing American forces to provide more proof that Iran was behind the tanker attacks.

U.S. Central Command said the two vessels were hit Thursday by a limpet mine, which is attached to boats below the waterline using magnets.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif angrily dismissed the claims and said they were without “a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence.”

The Japanese owner of one of the tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman contradicted reports by U.S. officials and the military on the source of the blast, claiming it was struck by a flying projectile.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an interview with pan-Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat last week that he would not hesitate to confront regional threats.

“The kingdom does not want war in the region, but we will not hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty and our vital interests,” Salman said.

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