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Kenosha Baby Expected to Recover after Ingesting Vodka; Father Charged for Ensuing Fight



Kenosha Baby Expected to Recover after Ingesting Vodka; Father Charged for Ensuing Fight

Kenosha police say an infant who landed in intensive care after her mother accidentally used two ounces of vodka to mix the baby’s formula is expected to recover. In fact, the child was sent home from the hospital on Wednesday, September 9th. Meanwhile, the baby’s father is facing charges for an alleged fight that occurred after the baby ingested the vodka. He is NOT charged in connection with the baby’s ingesting of the vodka.

The Kenosha Police Department says the one-month-old baby girl had a blood alcohol level over 0.29.

The 20-year-old mother told officers she didn’t know that the baby’s father had emptied a water bottle — filling it with vodka — before she used it to mix the baby’s formula Monday evening. She soon noticed the baby was acting abnormally.

Lt. Bradley Hetlet says the parents then got into an argument. The 22-year-old father was arrested.

The baby was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Hetlet said Wednesday that it appears she’ll be fine.

Meanwhile, the baby’s father made his initial appearance in court on Wednesday — facing charges that stem from the argument that ensued after the baby consumed the vodka.

Allen Jones, Smith’s father, was in court as well, to support his son — with one of his granddaughters in tow. His other granddaughter, six-week-old Davier, is recovering after accidentally ingesting vodka.

“It was a mistake. It was an honest mistake,” Jones said.

Despite the shocking circumstances, police feel the same way about the incident involving the vodka.

“There was no intentional act or neglect on behalf of the parents,” Lt. Hetlet said.

It’s what happened afterwards that left 22-year-old Brian Smith in handcuffs.

He now faces the following charges:

  • Strangulation and suffocation (domestic abuse)
  • Battery (domestic abuse) — two counts
  • Disorderly conduct (domestic abuse)
  • Resisting an officer

Again — these charges are not related to the baby ingesting the vodka, but rather, for the argument that ensued afterwards.

“That`s what led to the argument — one person blaming the other,” Lt. Hetlet said.

A criminal complaint filed against Smith indicates shortly before 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening, police were dispatched to a home on 52nd Street for “unknown trouble.” Officers were advised that a female caller stated that someone put their hands on them, and screaming could be heard in the background.

Upon arrival, an officer observed 10-15 people in the parking lot — surrounding a vehicle. Smith was seen holding the back passenger door open, and “screaming and swearing” at the other people on scene, the complaint indicates.

Smith’s mother and others on scene were trying to pull Smith away.

The complaint indicates that as soon as Smith saw an officer, he “stared at her,” and then came toward her with clenched fists and his muscles flexed — stating “don’t (expletive) touch me.”

The officer then pointed her Taser at Smith, and ordered him to back up.

Other officers arrived on scene to assist — and as one officer grabbed Smith’s arm so that he could lead Smith away from the group of people gathered — Smith pulled his arm away, according to the complaint.

The officers then worked to secure Smith in handcuffs — but he was able to maneuver his hands in front of his body. Smith was then stabilized on the hood of the vehicle, and ordered to stop resisting.

The complaint indicates Smith continued to struggle with officers and push off of the vehicle.

Eventually, Smith was placed in handcuffs and then placed into a squad car. While inside, the complaint indicates Smith banged his head on the window, and spit on the windows.

Smith had been consuming alcohol prior to his arrest, according to the arrest report.

Officers spoke with the mother of the one-month-old baby, who was “crying and sobbing uncontrollably.” That woman told officers Smith had choked her, and that she wasn’t able to breathe. Officers observed scratches and redness on the woman’s neck.

Officers then learned the baby had consumed approximately two ounces of vodka. The baby’s breathing appeared labored, though the baby was conscious and alert, the complaint says. The baby was taken by ambulance to Aurora Hospital, and later transferred to Children’s Hospital.

The complaint indicates officers spoke with the baby’s mother again at the hospital.

She indicated around 7:00 p.m. Monday, she and Smith, along with their two children were walking home from the grocery store when she noticed the baby was “acting funny.” The woman said the baby’s eyelids were squinted, her hands and toes were red, she kept shaking one leg, and she wouldn’t look at her mother when her mother called her name.

They were nearly home when Smith asked the woman whether she had made the baby a bottle before they left for the store — asking her what water she had used to make the bottle.

The woman indicated she had used a plastic water bottle that she always uses to make the bottle, and that’s when Smith indicated he had dumped the water out of the plastic water bottle — filling it with vodka, according to the complaint.

An argument then ensued as Smith and the woman arrived back at their apartment building.

The complaint indicates Smith threw a water bottle at the woman, which hit her in the back of the head. He’s also accused of grabbing the woman’s neck with his right hand, and pushing her against a wall — then squeezing her neck to the point where she was unable to speak.

The woman then called Smith’s mother and asked that she come over.

The complaint indicates when Smith’s mother and sister arrived, Smith ignored them as they tried to talk with him.

They then decided to take the baby to the hospital, at which point Smith is accused of yelling that “everything was (the baby’s mother’s) fault.”

As they were leaving the apartment, the complaint indicates Smith pushed his sister into a wall in the hallway of the apartment building. Smith’s sister told officers he also put his hand on her throat and began to choke her, but she was able to breathe. Neighbors then exited their apartments to see what was going on.

When Smith learned he wouldn’t be getting his car keys, the complaint indicates he grabbed the baby’s mother again by her neck and pushed her against the stairs. Smith is accused of squeezing the woman’s neck so hard she couldn’t breathe.

The baby’s mother told officers a “Good Samaritan” saw this, and hit Smith in the head.

The police arrived shortly thereafter.

A judge on Wednesday set bail at $1,500 cash for Smith.

Kenosha Baby Expected to Recover after Ingesting Vodka; Father Charged for Ensuing Fight

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80 Million Stimulus Check Direct Deposits Have Been Processed. When Will They Arrive?



80 Million Stimulus Check Direct Deposits Have Been Processed. When Will They Arrive?

Americans will start to see their stimulus payments this week, a centerpiece of the $2.2 trillion rescue package meant to provide a buffer against the coronavirus pandemic that’s shuttered much of the U.S. economy.

The Internal Revenue Service has begun sending $1,200 payments to middle and lower income adults, plus $500 for their minor children, though it could take until September for every eligible person to get the money.
The first payments “should be deposited directly into individuals’ bank accounts; the precise date you will see payments in your account depends on how long individual banks typically take to process direct deposits,” according to a press release from House Ways and Means Committee Republicans.

The IRS will first send the money to individuals for whom the agency has direct deposit information. The remainder will be mailed as checks. That process is expected to begin April 20 but could take until the fall to complete.

The IRS processed more than 80 million payments on Friday that should be available in bank accounts early this week, Sunita Lough, the IRS deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, said in a video conference Monday.

Payments will be made first to those earning the least.

The IRS has launched a tool for non-tax filers, such as those who had income under $12,200 last year and weren’t required to file a federal return, to enter direct deposit information to get their payments.

The agency plans to have a second website up by April 17 that will show people the status of their payments, including the date the money is scheduled to be deposited or mailed. That tool will also let people who’ve typically gotten their tax refund in the mail to provide their bank account details to get their stimulus payment more quickly.

The IRS is using information from 2018 and 2019 tax returns to process the payments. It says taxpayers who’ve yet to file a return this year should do so as soon as possible, and elect to receive the refund via a direct deposit. The information can then be used to distribute the stimulus payments. Social Security and disability recipients will receive their payments automatically.

The tax deadline was extended to July 15 from April 15 to give people more time to file and pay during the pandemic.

Taxpayers who don’t need extra time and who expect to get a stimulus payment should file as soon as possible so the agency has their most up-to-date details on file, said Christina Taylor, head of operations for Credit Karma Tax.

“The quicker, the better,” she said.

Americans earning $75,000 or less, or $150,000 and below as a couple, are eligible for the full $1,200 payout per adult, plus $500 for each child under 17. Those amounts are reduced for people with higher incomes, and people who make $99,000 or more in earnings (or $198,000 for a couple) get nothing, even if they have children. Individuals must have a Social Security number to receive a payment.

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A Case of Hantavirus Has Been Reported in China. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry.

A man who died in China Monday reportedly tested positive for a hantavirus, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should worry another pandemic is coming…



A Case of Hantavirus Has Been Reported in China. Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry.

A man who died in China Monday reportedly tested positive for a hantavirus, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should worry another pandemic is coming.

Hantaviruses are a family of virus that spread through rodents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Yunnan Province, a man died on his way back to Shandong Province, according to Global Times, an English-language Chinese news outlet.

“He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested,” the news outlet tweeted.

The tweet, sent amid a pandemic caused by a new coronavirus, has been shared more than 15,000 times.

Though countries across the globe are on high alert due to uncertainty around the coronavirus, there is no indication that the hantavirus poses a global public health threat.

According to the CDC, hantavirus cases are rare, and they spread as a result of close contact with rodent urine, droppings or saliva.

Certain kinds of rats and mice in the United States can carry the virus, which is transmitted when someone breathes in contaminated air.

“The hantaviruses that cause human illness in the United States cannot be transmitted from one person to another,” the CDC says on its website. Rare cases in Chile and Argentina have seen person-to-person transmission when a person is in close contact with someone sickened by a type of hantavirus called Andes virus, the CDC says.

In the U.S., the virus can cause hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a severe respiratory disease that can be fatal. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems. Coughing and shortness of breath can occur later in the disease as the lungs fill with liquid, the CDC says,

Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, found mostly in Europe and Asia, can also occur, which causes pain, fever, chills, nausea, and blurred vision, the CDC says. More serious symptoms include acute kidney failure.

Cases in the United States have typically been concentrated in the western and southwestern states.

From 1993 to 2017, there were only 728 confirmed hantavirus cases in the United States, with most being non-fatal, according to CDC data. In comparison, since late January, when the first known coronavirus case was identified in the U.S., there have been 46,805 confirmed coronavirus cases nationwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

In May 1993, a hantavirus outbreak occurred in an area between Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. A 2012 outbreak in Yosemite sickened 10 people. In seven states, 17 people were infected in a 2017 outbreak.

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Developments in Presidential Race, Trump does Terribly at Forum as Clinton shines

November is lurking around the corner and will be here before you know it, so my question to you is, have you decided who you will vote for? I have, and I proudly say my choice is Hillary Rodham Clinton. I am informing you all that there are ample development in the race for the presidency of the United States…



November is lurking around the corner and will be here before you know it, so my question to you is, have you decided who you will vote for? I have, and I proudly say my choice is Hillary Rodham Clinton. I am informing you all that there are ample development in the race for the presidency of the United States.

First of all, Donald Trump, according to Kristina Vong’s article at, wrongly corrected a veteran Marine during a forum. The veteran, a woman named Rachel Fredericks, asked Mr. Trump how he plans to stop 20 veterans from committing suicide, daily. Trump tried to correct the woman, who needed no correction. He said it is actually 22, trying to emerge correct, when he was essentially incorrect.

Mr. Trump also does not have a real plan to defeat ISIS, as “his plan is to have a plan” according to Igor Bobic at the Huffington Post. He also insulted military leaders calling them embarrassments to the country when they were under President Obama. He wants to give the generals 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS.  Of course, this even makes it more obvious that Mr. Trump does not have a plan to defeat ISIS. Why, then did he call our current president the founder of ISIS? How can you give your vote to someone so unprepared and unfit for the presidency that constitutes a whole country? Sorry to say, but Donald Trump is not someone to vote for, at least not as US President!

According to Sean Colarossi at, a presidential forum highlighted how prepared Trump and Clinton are compared to each other, with Clinton appearing as the more prepared one, very easily. Clinton was engaged with questions, expressed gratitude, and was very prolific and intelligible in her responses. To reiterate, Trump has not a plan to defeat ISIS, where Hillary has a well thought-out plan. She outlined her plan, entailing it could take any form and she iterated and supports the idea that terror suspects should not be able to purchase firearms. Clinton also covered issues like mental health, illuminating the fact that it is overlooked, and mental health should no longer be stigmatized and victims of mental disorders should have access to resources. On the other hand, Trump gave generic answers like that he knows what is going on in the world. Also according to Colarossi’s article, Trump showed as an “empty suit” and “showed he is not prepared to be commander-in-chief” and that the contrast between him and Clinton could not be clearer”; this essentially means Clinton showed to be immensely more prepared to lead and did not focus on attacking others, like Trump’s approach does.

Lastly, Donald Trump has insulted women, children, ethnic groups, religious groups, his opponent, our current president, the military, and the list goes on. He is patronizing and unprepared to preside over our country as well. He constantly attacks others, with no action in mind. Consider if you want to have him as president, seriously!

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