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Woman disguises grandmother's dog as baby to smuggle it into hospital for visit

When her grandmother was recently hospitalized, Shelby Hennick of California did what any good granddaughter would doShe smuggled her grandma’s dog into the hospital, People reports.

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Despite a hospital rule banning animals, Hennick knew how much her grandmother had been missing the little ruffian, named Patsy. Grandma had been in the hospital for three days due to an adverse reaction to a medication and missed Patsy dearly.

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So Hennick wrapped up the small dog and held it in such a way – underneath a large blanket slung over one shoulder – that it looked like she was carrying a baby. This allowed Hennick to sneak the dog into her grandmother’s hospital room with the hospital staff none the wiser.

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The plan went off perfectly, and judging from these pictures of grandma reunited with her dog, Hennick’s gesture was greatly appreciated.

Woman who didn't know she was pregnant gets big surprise in grocery store bathroom

A woman who didn’t know she was pregnant left the grocery store with a lot more than just produce.

Ashleigh Miller-Cross gave birth to baby boy Ezra at the Atlantic Superstore in Nova Scotia.

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According to Canadian news outlet CBC, a manager rushed to help Miller-Cross when he heard screams coming from the woman’s restroom.

“The baby already proceeded to come, so I grabbed my phone right away, called 911,” said store manager Malcolm Comeau.

The store has a medical clinic, so a doctor rushed to help the woman finish delivering the baby. An ambulance later took Miller-Cross and Ezra to a hospital.

“The mother smiled at me when she left, and she had the baby laying on her,” said Comeau.

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Miller-Cross told ABC News she had just welcomed her daughter 10 months earlier and had no idea she was expecting again. She said she had not gained any weight.

Photographer Jen Matchett of Branches Photography reached out to the new mom when she heard the story. In a photo shoot with Ezra, she placed the new baby boy in a grocery store basket.

“My photographer brain was already envisioning the grocery basket shot; it just came to me and I had to make it happen,” Matchett told ABC News.

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According to CBC, the Atlantic Superstore awarded the family a year’s worth of free diapers.

“I want to thank everybody who has offered support, everyone who was giving us things,” said Miller-Cross.

Teen says his pro-Trump shirt was censored in school yearbook photo

A 17-year-old from Wall Township, New Jersey, is speaking out after he took a look at the yearbook and saw that the Trump T-shirt he wore on picture day was Photoshopped out.

Grant Berardo said he wore the shirt in his yearbook photo for Wall Township High School because he was too young to vote for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but he wanted to show his support.

This is what the shirt actually looks like.

“It was Photoshopped,” Grant said in an interview with the Asbury Park Press. “I sent it to my mom and dad, just like, ‘You won’t believe this.’ I was just overall disappointed. I like Trump, but it’s history, too. Wearing that shirt memorializes the time.”

Wall Schools Superintendent Cheryl Dyer said she is “quite disturbed by the entire situation.” The photo company, Jostens, did not comment. Whether a school employee or the photo company was responsible for the edit decision remains to be seen.

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The school says political shirts are not a dress code violation.

The teen’s father, Joseph Berardo Jr., called it “censorship” and believes “it was probably politically motivated.”

The father wondered what kind of message this sends to someone interested in politics before they can vote.

“What are you doing? Don’t you go to school to debate this stuff – at the collegiate level, at the high school level,” he asked. “What’s frustrating to me is that this was the first election he took interest in, but what message did the school send?”

WATCH: Patriotic boy stops to say Pledge of Allegiance in heartwarming viral video

A video showing a young boy pledging allegiance to the flag when no one was looking is being circulated around the internet.

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Utah woman Jami Warner caught her 7-year-old son, Wyatt, pledging allegiance to the flag all on his own while her neighbor’s security camera recorded the footage. In the video, Wyatt rides his bike up to the neighbor’s doorstep. Before he rings the doorbell, he stops and notices the American flag hanging on the porch.

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Wyatt then immediately puts his hand over his heart and recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

“He doesn’t pledge allegiance, that I am aware of, other than at school ... or at an event,” his mother told Fox News after sharing the video on Instagram. “I can’t remember a time when he did this on his own.”

When she saw the video, Warner knew she wanted to share it with other parents to show them that kids to listen to them.

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“I wished I could show it to every parent who feels like what they teach their kids goes in one ear and out the other,” she said. “We try to teach our three kids about how lucky they are to live in this country and about the men and women who have served and died for our freedom.”

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Firefighter warns others after daughter chokes on fidget spinner part

A firefighter in Indiana is warning other parents after his daughter had a frightening encounter with a fidget spinner.

The firefighter was not identified by name, but his story was posted on the Decatur Township Fire Department's page on Thursday. The firefighter said his daughter was in the back seat of the car playing with the fidget spinner and talking. "It broke out of the holder, flew in her mouth, and lodged in her throat. I did about 5 minutes of back blows and with her coughing it became dislodged and went to her stomach."

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The firefighter called 911 and the girl was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. 

The fire department posted an image of the girl's X-ray, where the fidget spinner piece can clearly be seen lodged in the girl's body. 

The firefighter wanted to share his story to warn other parents that fidget spinners, the latest toy fad, can be choking hazards. This is not the first time a fidget spinner has caused injury. A 10-year-old girl choked on a piece of the toy in May, and a piece got stuck in her esophagus, requiring surgery. 

Congress introduces bill to prevent hot car deaths

New legislation on Capitol Hill aims to equip cars with technology that could help save the lives of children.

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More than 800 children have died from heatstroke in hot cars since 1990, according to Kidsandcars.org.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the Hot Car Act this week.

“Our legislation would move us one step closer to getting this inexpensive technology in every car on the road to help save the lives of children nationwide,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, R-Ohio.

Parents and families who have been affected by hot car deaths and safety advocates joined members of Congress to push the bill.The bill would require cars to visually alert drivers to check rear seating once the car has been turned off.

The alert must also include a noise to remind the driver to check the back seat.

The alert system could also include a vibration system to physically alert the driver.

The technology would be similar to the alert a car gives when keys are left in the car or the headlights are still on.

The bill would also educate the public on the risks of leaving a child unattended in a car after it has been turned off.

Nine children have died so far this year from being left in a back seat. 

VIDEO: Florida mom lets snake bite baby to 'teach a lesson'

A Highlands County, Florida, mother is under fire after posting a video to Facebook that shows a rat snake biting her 1-year-old daughter. 

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The mother said that she has “no regrets” after she let the snake intentionally bite the child several times, WFTS reports. 

"It had bitten me and my son and didn't leave a mark, several times," she said to WFTS. "So, I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce her without actually getting hurt."

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The Facebook video has been removed and the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, according to WFTS. 

In the video the mother holds up a container with a rat snake inside and lets her daughter reach toward the snake. You can hear the daughter flinch and cry each time the snake strikes her. 

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The mother said her daughter was not hurt because the snake has teeth “too small to actually puncture the skin,” WFTS reports. Her intention was to teach her child a “valuable lesson” on how to handle reptiles, she said to WFTS. 

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Florida mom gives birth to 13-pound baby; see the photos

As Christine Corbitt quickly approached her due date, her stomach was undeniable.

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“Towards the end of my pregnancy, I was like, 'Oh my gosh. She’s just so huge,'" Corbitt said.

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Indeed, Carleigh Brooke Corbitt was huge. At 13 pounds, 5 ounces, she was the largest newborn Dr. Eric Edelenbos has ever delivered.

“When the baby was coming out, I was like, 'Is this baby ever going to end?' Everybody in the room kind of just stopped during the delivery and was like, 'Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh,'” he said.

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We were there as mom and baby went for their three-week checkup. Carleigh was decked out in pink and white and didn't fuss a bit. She’s clearly happy and healthy, but struggled with gestational diabetes early on.

“I’ve had nine and 10-pound babies and I figured maybe she'd be 10 pounds. I’d have another 10-pound baby, but she was a surprise,” Corbitt said.

Carleigh had to stay in the NICU for a bit while her blood sugar levels were checked and she got the all-clear. The Corbitts say a number of media outlets have contacted them about Carleigh's large entry into the world, but ActionNewsJax officially gave her her TV debut.

As for Christine, she plans on taking some much-needed rest – for good this time.

“I’m done. I’m done. No more babies for me,” she said with a smile.

Hoda Kotb shares loving tribute to Joel Schiffman on 4th anniversary

Happy anniversary, Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman!

On Monday, the new parents to baby Haley Joel celebrated four years together, and to mark the occasion, Kotb shared a sweet photo of her boyfriend and her daughter at the beach.

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“4 years together and getting better every day,” she wrote alongside the post.

Baby Haley shares Kotb’s last name, but the new mom insisted that her daughter will know Schiffman as her father.

“Haley will call him 'Dad,'” Kotb previously clarified, according to People. “He’s such a great dad and a great influence.”

Schiffman is also the father to a 23-year-old daughter, Kyle.

Angry dad says he overdosed on heroin to scare son into rehab

The heroin epidemic in America has left thousands dead and ravaged countless families. One father in Brooklyn, New York, told the New York Post that he was infuriated when he found his son’s heroin stash. In fact, he said he was so mad that he shot up the drug himself just to show his son a lesson – then overdosed himself.

Sergey Gnatovskiy told the Post, “I [tried] to send him to rehab. He promised me he was going to go, and I found it again.”

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His son reportedly came home Wednesday afternoon to find his father passed out on the floor and had to use CPR and Narcan to bring his dad back from an overdose that threatened his life. It was an eerie moment, considering that his father has had to do the same thing on four different occasions with his son.

But Gnatovskiy said his son has been scared into returning to rehab.

“After seeing this, I definitely want to go," his son said. "I’ve been doing this since I was 15. I’m 23 now; I can’t keep doing this.”

The father said he doesn’t remember the moment. He only remembers going to turn off the television and waking up surrounded by medical personnel.

Gnatovskiy said his son has caused him a world of trouble. A fight in Gnatovskiy's apartment led to an eviction notice, kicking both father and son out of the apartment at the end of May. Gnatovskiy reportedly is only allowed to stay if he can prove that his son is no longer living with him.

The dad became emotional, yelling, “If I lose you — I don’t know. Look what you made me do yesterday? I’ll give you my home, my car, my heart. I don’t want to lose you.”

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