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A mother is outraged after a911 dispatcher refused to send police when her toddler locked himself inside her car on a sweltering day. Shana Dees had her 10-month-old son, Jack, inside his car seat when she turned around for a second to secure a cart that had begun to roll away. When she turned back around, Jack had managed to hit the lock button. With her cellphone, purse, and keys in the car, a frantic Shana begged a bystander to use his phone to call 911. But that's when things got even more frustrating and scary.
A babysitter has been accused of burning down the house of the children she babysat for. Martha Carolyn Dreher watched the children for a couple who live apart in Austin, Texas. The pair have 5-year-old twin boys as well as two preteen girls. On a night when the father was out of town with the girls, Dreher was watching the twins at their mom's house. She reportedly told them she wanted to "grab popcorn" at the dad's house and drove there with the twins. She allegedly went inside, left the twins in the car, and started a fire in the preteens' bedrooms. Allegedly, she had a "vendetta" against the girls.
When single mom of five Megan Bratten had her van stolen, the last thing she expected was that she'd end up making a sympathetic human connection with the thief who took it. But that's what happened. Megan, of Independence, Missouri, was horrified when she came out of a K-Mart to find that her van was gone. The mom desperately needed the van for work and for her children. At this point, most of us would curse the skies and call 911. But Megan had what turned out to be a better idea. She began texting the van thief.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon may be on the verge of divorce (supposedly), but that didn't stop them from going to dinner together Friday night, says TMZ. Does that mean there's a chance for reconciliation? Sure, there's a chance. A FAT chance, say sources. Apparently the two are just trying to be mature and get along for the sake of their two children. This despite the fact that Nick is rumored to be ending the marriage because he thinks Mariah is "toxic" and fears for the children growing up in that crazy atmosphere.
Two strangers got into a brawl on a plane and it was forced to divert and land in a different city. The thing that sparked it? A little insidious device called the "Knee Defender." Jam this thing in the back of the seat in front of you, and the person can't recline. Pretty ingenious. After a man inserted his defender (so to speak) inside the seat of the woman in front of him so he could use his laptop, she couldn't recline, and she was so pissed, she reportedly threw water in his face. The plane was then diverted.