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Maryland Police Seek to Identify Baby Found Abandoned on Side of Road

Anyone with information about this baby found abandoned in Maryland is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department. (Anne Arundel County Police Department)(ANNE ARUNDEL, Md.) — Authorities in Anne Arundel, Maryland are looking for the parents of an unidentified baby found abandoned on the side of a road, police said on Sunday.

Just before midnight Saturday, officers responded to a report of an abandoned child on the side of a road in Pasadena, Maryland, the Anne Arundel County Police Department said on its Facebook page Sunday morning.

Officers found a baby girl in a car seat carrier.

“Scuff marks on the carrier and other debris indicate that the carrier may have fell off of a moving vehicle,” the police wrote in the post.

Police said the baby is 2 or 3 months old.

The child was taken to a hospital to be treated for dehydration, and after her condition improves she will be released to the Department of Child Protective Services, police said.

Anyone with information can contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-6145.

The Anne Arundel County Police planned a press conference today to discuss the case, the police told ABC News.

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Inspectors Investigating Deck Collapse at North Carolina Beach House That Injured 14

iStock/Thinkstock(EMERALD ISLE, N.C.) — Police and building inspectors are investigating what may have caused a deck to collapse at an Emerald Isle, North Carolina, beach house, injuring at least 14 people.

Preliminary findings reveal the floor joists and fasteners failed to hold the deck together, Emerald Island Town Manager Frank Rush told ABC News on Sunday. Results from the investigation could be released as early as Monday, he said.

According to Emerald Isle Police, members of a family were on a deck overlooking the ocean preparing to take a family photo shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday when the structure collapsed.

First responders from Emerald Isle arrived on scene within minutes and began treating and triaging patients, police said.

“About a 12-by-12 section of deck collapsed, about ten to twelve feet. We transported 14 patients from that collapse,” Emerald Isle Fire Chief Bill Walker said, and added that there were about 20 people on the deck at the time.

Walker said that the deck itself gave way and collapsed inward, while the pilings holding up the deck remained upright.

Due to the number of casualties involved, neighboring agencies were called in to assist in transporting and dealing with the victims. Indian Beach, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Western Carteret all sent Fire and EMS units to assist, while Broad and Gales Creek Fire Departments were also dispatched to provided assistance. Morehead City EMS provided a mass casualty bus to treat and transport victims.

Police said 14 people were hospitalized. Several people were in critical condition, according to police and a hospital spokeswoman.

Injuries varied from people with several broken bones to those with minor scratches and cuts, according to Walker.

At least five people remained in hospitals in Greenville or Wilmington, North Carolina, today, officials said.

Police have vacated the home, Rush said.

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Escaped Prisoner David Sweat Taken From Hospital to Maximum-Security Five Points Correctional Facility

New York State Police(ALBANY, N.Y.) — After spending one week in the hospital, escaped prisoner and convicted murderer David Sweat was released from the Albany Medical Center Sunday morning and taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York, officials said.

Five Points is a maximum-security facility, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said on Sunday.

Sweat was released from Albany Medical Center at 3:05 a.m., the Department of Corrections said, but the details of his transportation to Five Points were not released because of security reasons.

Sweat will be in the Five Points infirmary during his first 24 hours at the prison, the Department of Corrections said. Sweat will then be housed in a single cell in the Five Points Special Housing Unit. His cell will be in the prison’s 23-hour confinement unit, the Department of Corrections said.

Sweat will also be placed on active suicide watch, the Department of Corrections said.

Five Points, which opened in 2000, has 1,294 inmates and has 669 employees, including 511 security staff, the Department of Corrections said. Each cell has a bed, writing platform, toilet, sink and shower.

Romulus, New York, is 200 miles west of the Albany Medical Center and more than 250 miles southwest of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, from which Sweat and fellow convicted murderer Richard Matt escaped June 6.

Sweat had been hospitalized since last Sunday, June 28, after he was shot and wounded by a New York state police sergeant in the area of Constable, New York, about 1.5 miles south of the Canadian border.

New York State Police said Monday the shooting of Sweat by State Police Sgt. Jay Cook was placed under review. Sweat was unarmed but apparently fleeing in violation of Cook’s order to stop.

Matt, meanwhile, was shot and killed by authorities two days before Sweat was apprehended.

Matt was serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death. Sweat was serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a sheriff’s deputy.

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Guinness Names Blosom the Holstein the World’s Tallest Ever Cow

Blosom was posthumously declared the tallest cow ever by Guinness World Records. Blosom stood 6′ 4″. She died in May on her owner’s farm in Illinois. (Guinness World Records)(ORANGEVLLE, Ill.) — It’s official. At 6-foot-4, Blosom is the world’s tallest cow ever.

That’s the determination made by Guinness World Records, which had previously named the female Holstein the world’s tallest living cow.

The new record was announced on June 25.

Blosom lived on a farm in Orangeville, Illinois. Her owner, Patty Meads-Hanson, got Blosom when the cow was just eight weeks old.

Blosom was 13 years old when she died on May 26. During her life, she was the official “greeter” for Memory Lane Crafting Retreat, a retreat situated on the farm.

ABC News couldn’t reach Meads-Hanson for comment, but a post on Blosom’s Facebook page said the cow “was called to graze in a more glorious pasture.”

Blosom died after suffering a leg injury.

Meads-Hanson found the cow down in a pasture, her left leg in “a position that wasn’t normal,” according to a post on the Facebook page. Two veterinarians worked in the pouring rain to try to lift the cow but they were ultimately unsuccessful.

“Her injury appeared to happen when she laid down, slipping in the mud, and damaging a ligament in her hip, and would never be able to stand. I had to make that hard decision – I wouldn’t let her suffer. It’s the last act of kindness you can do for an animal you love, but it sure is hard,” Meads-Hanson wrote on Facebook.

Donations are being sought to erect a memorial to Blosom on Meads-Hanson’s farm.

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Miniature Horse Tied for World’s Tiniest Poised for Big Things

Itty Bitty Hope, a miniature horse, lives at Mini Hooves of Love. (Linda Woods)(MELISSA, Texas) — Even for a miniature horse, Itty Bitty Hope is pretty small.

Her height at birth — just 14 inches — was tied with the record of the smallest horse on record, according to her owners.

And while being tiny may not always be seen as a positive, for a horse who will spend her life as a therapy animal, it couldn’t be better.

“She’ll be able to navigate around hospitals and nursing homes and medical equipment more easily,” said her owner Linda Wood, who runs the Mini Hooves of Love Miniature Therapy Horses non-profit with her husband Jim Wood.

“Hope” as they refer to her, will also be great with the many kids she’ll be visiting.

The Woods came to be Hope’s people parents through and old-fashioned barter. A woman who breeds miniature horses hoped Jim would build her stalls, and offered the Woods their pick of any of the three pregnant mares. They chose Jazz, Hope’s mother, because she was the smallest and would have the best chance of having a small baby.

The Woods got into therapy without exactly meaning to. They were showing their miniature horses when a friend who runs a horse therapy farm with large horses asked them to bring some of their minis to an event. Since then, their horses spend their time visiting hospitals, hospice care and the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas. Kids with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental delays come to visit them.

One of their first visits was a hospice care for a baby born with Trisomy 18, a fatal genetic condition. The baby’s mom said she just wanted her child to have the chance to touch a horse before she passed.

It’s that big kind of comfort that little Hope will bring people in her life.

“If you can imagine a child been doctor of hospital all day, having a bad day, as soon as they see the horse their mood changes, their blood pressure drops. Everything about them changes and they have a big smile on their face,” said Jim Wood. “It just makes your day.”

Linda Wood added, “Many people who are in nursing homes now are of the age that they had interaction with horses when they were young. One man who had been a farmer had tears in his eyes as he pet one of the horses, he said he hadn’t touched a horse in 16 years.” In another anecdote, a woman whose nurses said was unable to move reached out and stroked the head of one of the miniature horses while the nurse stood by in shock.

Hope is still with her mom at the breeder and since she is nursing, she can’t be away from her mom for more than an hour or so. But there’s a hospice call the Woods are thinking of taking her along on coming up, as long as mom can come, too.

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Miniature Horse Tied for World’s Tiniest Poised for Big Things

Itty Bitty Hope, a miniature horse, lives at Mini Hooves of Love. (Linda Woods)(MELISSA, Texas) — Even for a miniature horse, Itty Bitty Hope is pretty small.

Her height at birth — just 14 inches — was tied with the record of the smallest horse on record, according to her owners.

And while being tiny may not always be seen as a positive, for a horse who will spend her life as a therapy animal, it couldn’t be better.

“She’ll be able to navigate around hospitals and nursing homes and medical equipment more easily,” said her owner Linda Wood, who runs the Mini Hooves of Love Miniature Therapy Horses non-profit with her husband Jim Wood.

“Hope” as they refer to her, will also be great with the many kids she’ll be visiting.

The Woods came to be Hope’s people parents through and old-fashioned barter. A woman who breeds miniature horses hoped Jim would build her stalls, and offered the Woods their pick of any of the three pregnant mares. They chose Jazz, Hope’s mother, because she was the smallest and would have the best chance of having a small baby.

The Woods got into therapy without exactly meaning to. They were showing their miniature horses when a friend who runs a horse therapy farm with large horses asked them to bring some of their minis to an event. Since then, their horses spend their time visiting hospitals, hospice care and the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas. Kids with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental delays come to visit them.

One of their first visits was a hospice care for a baby born with Trisomy 18, a fatal genetic condition. The baby’s mom said she just wanted her child to have the chance to touch a horse before she passed.

It’s that big kind of comfort that little Hope will bring people in her life.

“If you can imagine a child been doctor of hospital all day, having a bad day, as soon as they see the horse their mood changes, their blood pressure drops. Everything about them changes and they have a big smile on their face,” said Jim Wood. “It just makes your day.”

Linda Wood added, “Many people who are in nursing homes now are of the age that they had interaction with horses when they were young. One man who had been a farmer had tears in his eyes as he pet one of the horses, he said he hadn’t touched a horse in 16 years.” In another anecdote, a woman whose nurses said was unable to move reached out and stroked the head of one of the miniature horses while the nurse stood by in shock.

Hope is still with her mom at the breeder and since she is nursing, she can’t be away from her mom for more than an hour or so. But there’s a hospice call the Woods are thinking of taking her along on coming up, as long as mom can come, too.

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Guinness Names Blosom the Holstein the World’s Tallest Ever Cow

Blosom was posthumously declared the tallest cow ever by Guinness World Records. Blosom stood 6′ 4″. She died in May on her owner’s farm in Illinois. (Guinness World Records)(ORANGEVLLE, Ill.) — It’s official. At 6-foot-4, Blosom is the world’s tallest cow ever.

That’s the determination made by Guinness World Records, which had previously named the female Holstein the world’s tallest living cow.

The new record was announced on June 25.

Blosom lived on a farm in Orangeville, Illinois. Her owner, Patty Meads-Hanson, got Blosom when the cow was just eight weeks old.

Blosom was 13 years old when she died on May 26. During her life, she was the official “greeter” for Memory Lane Crafting Retreat, a retreat situated on the farm.

ABC News couldn’t reach Meads-Hanson for comment, but a post on Blosom’s Facebook page said the cow “was called to graze in a more glorious pasture.”

Blosom died after suffering a leg injury.

Meads-Hanson found the cow down in a pasture, her left leg in “a position that wasn’t normal,” according to a post on the Facebook page. Two veterinarians worked in the pouring rain to try to lift the cow but they were ultimately unsuccessful.

“Her injury appeared to happen when she laid down, slipping in the mud, and damaging a ligament in her hip, and would never be able to stand. I had to make that hard decision – I wouldn’t let her suffer. It’s the last act of kindness you can do for an animal you love, but it sure is hard,” Meads-Hanson wrote on Facebook.

Donations are being sought to erect a memorial to Blosom on Meads-Hanson’s farm.

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Six Hurt in Lightning Strike in Louisiana

LukaTDB/iStock/Thinkstock(SABINE PARISH, La.) — At least six people were injured following a lightning strike in Louisiana’s Sabine Parish, an official said.

The incident occurred after 7 p.m. local time Saturday at Cypress Bend Park on Toledo Bend Lake, Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil said. Lightning is believed to have struck a tree.

Six adults who were in the vicinity of an RV camper that sustained damage during the strike suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Sabine Medical Center and their injuries range from headaches to chest pain, said Dewil.

Along with the RV, a truck was also damaged.

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Fireworks Land on Tree, Damage Two Homes in Sacramento

ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A person throwing fireworks may be to blame for damaging two homes and engulfing a tree in flames in Sacramento, California, according to fire department investigators.

Someone apparently tossed fireworks into the air and it landed onto a dry juniper tree, ABC News affiliate KXTV-TV reported.

The tree caught fire, and the flames later spread to a fence and two nearby homes, Sacramento City Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla told KXTV-TV.

Amateur video, which was posted on YouTube on Friday, captured the fast-spreading flames.

No one was injured and the damage to the homes was reported to be minor.

Padilla said that juniper trees are rich in oil and very flammable, particularly in drought conditions.

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Six Hurt in Lightning Strike in Louisiana

LukaTDB/iStock/Thinkstock(SABINE PARISH, La.) — At least six people were injured following a lightning strike in Louisiana’s Sabine Parish, an official said.

The incident occurred after 7 p.m. local time Saturday at Cypress Bend Park on Toledo Bend Lake, Sabine Parish Warden Joe Dewil said. Lightning is believed to have struck a tree.

Six adults who were in the vicinity of an RV camper that sustained damage during the strike suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Sabine Medical Center and their injuries range from headaches to chest pain, said Dewil.

Along with the RV, a truck was also damaged.

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