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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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Babies may sleep longer in own rooms, study finds

Baby not sleeping well? It could be because you’re sharing a room with your little one.

Last October, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new recommendations that at least until six months, preferably until age 1, your child should share a room with you, but not the same bed.

Now, a study that will be published in the July issue of Pediatrics found that babies who shared a room with their parents slept less than those who did not. The study, called Intervention Nurses Start Infants Growing on Health Trajectories, studied 230 mother-infant pairs from January 2012 to March 2014. The infants fell into three categories: those who were independent sleepers by 4 months (62 percent), those who were independent sleepers between 4 months and 9 months (27 percent), and those who were still sleeping in the same room as their parents at 9 months (11 percent).

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The study was actually about obesity prevention, but researchers found that there were differences in bedtime routines. Babies who shared a room at 4 months were less likely to be put to bed before 8 p.m. They also were more likely to have something in their bed that shouldn’t be there, such as a blanket, pillow or stuffed animal, and were more likely to be brought into their parents’ bed sometime in the night.

How long babies slept was also different. By 9 months, the babies who had been sleeping independently at 4 months slept a stretch of 7 hours and 49 minutes. The room-sharing babies were sleeping only 7 hours in a row at 9 months.

What researchers found was it was all about establishing those bedtime routines: when a baby gets put to sleep, how often a baby is fed in the middle of the night and whether a baby is fed back to sleep or goes back to sleep on his own.

The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t want to revise its recommendations about room sharing, but it does acknowledge that parents want to get more sleep and that more research needs to be done to consider whether it should reverse its new policy.

Couple buying new car changes lives of woman, foster children with generous gift

A Georgia couple who went to buy a car instead ended up changing one family’s life.

The couple, who wish to go unnamed, were at Steve Rayman Chevrolet when their daughter noticed a woman with a baby and said, “Wow, she is so cute and so small.” She asked the woman how old the baby was, noting that the baby appeared to be just a few days old.

Maria Light said the baby was indeed just a few days old – and alcohol dependent.

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“Her real birth mother dropped her off at the hospital and didn't want the baby anymore,” Light explained.

Light too was hoping to buy a car at the dealership and had been there for some time to see if she could get approved. Wanting to help in some way, the customer’s daughter asked if she could hold her adorable baby. 

When her parents walked out and saw the baby in her arms, they too started talking with Light about the infant, and also about her trying to buy a car.

Light told the family that she fosters six children.

Immediately, the couple wanted to help. They had already traded in the car they owned, worth $10,000, and were getting ready to leave in a new car. But that didn’t matter.

The man turned to Light and said, “I want to give you my car and still buy the new car.”

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“So we did the whole deal over and all the paperwork," said Steve Rayman of Steve Rayman Chevrolet. "And these folks just gave the customer their trade-in for free." 

But even after that, Rayman said he had a gut feeling he also needed to do something for Light.

He felt for Light, because of her situation and having to pay for everything else, including a title ad valorem tax, emission, tags and plates, before she could drive the car home with her baby.

So Rayman decided to pay for all of that personally.

“It was such an incredible gesture from someone that didn't ever lay eyes on this person before but due to circumstance wanted to help," Rayman said. "It was fantastic. The least I could do would be to pay for all the other things to help this lady that does so much for kids like this and it broke my heart." 

Steve Rayman Chevrolet has set up a GoFundMe account for those who would like to donate. Steve Rayman Chevrolet said those unable to donate money can drop off or mail what you wish for the children at the dealership.

The address is: 

Steve Rayman ChevroletAtnn: Maria Light Donations2155 Cobb Parkway SESmyrna, Georgia30080

Man's lunch box note for high school daughter goes viral

Since she was in kindergarten, Meg Sullivan’s father has peeled oranges for his daughter’s lunch.

But on her last day of high school, she got something a little different: a printed WikiHow article on how to peel an orange with a handwritten note that said, “It’s time, baby girl.”

Sullivan posted the note on Twitter, and more than 400,000 people liked her tweet, and hundreds commented that the note tugged at their heartstrings.

Sullivan told KIRO-TV that she did not expect the tweet to go viral.

“I just wanted to share something cute that my dad did for me, but after it went viral, I was humbled by all the people responding saying that their parents would never do something like what my dad did. It made me very thankful to have such a loving and caring dad who constantly goes out of his way to show it,” she said. “All in all, it's been nice for my dad and I to know that we've been making people smile just with a simple tweet.”

The teen graduates from Bellarmine Preparatory School on Sunday.

At their kindergarten graduation, an adorable duo stole the show with their puppy love

Two Forest Park, Georgia, families have risen to viral fame after snapping adorable photos of the puppy love shared by their kindergartners.

On Friday, 18-year-old Geornecia Jackson posted a few photos on Twitter of her little sister, 6-year-old Georiah, trading proud photos with her 6-year-old "boyfriend" Nick Hooge.

In the images, the two are dressed up for their graduation ceremony. They beam at each other and pose with the confidence of teens headed to prom.

The post has since been retweeted over 70,000 times, and the internet could not handle the cuteness.

WSB-TV caught up with Georiah's mother, Angela, to ask about the pair's puppy love. Jackson says her daughter and Nick live about 10 minutes apart in the same Forest Park subdivision and they spent the entire graduation ceremony side-by-side. Jackson caught the moment the pair borrowed their teacher's phone to take the photos.

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"She's very fond of Nick and talks about him a lot," Jackson said.

Jackson said her daughter is as confident as she looks in the photos. She said Georiah has an 18-year-old sister and a 16-year-old brother, so she's very mature for her age.

"She's different. Her vocabulary is on a third- or fourth-grade level, and she loves to use big words," Jackson said. "She may not pronounce them right, but she uses them."

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Turns out, Nick is a pretty smooth customer himself: Jackson says the day before the graduation, Georiah told her mom she needed to get her backpack from the car. 

"For what?" Jackson asked her daughter. 

"Because I got a number on a piece of paper," Georiah said. 

Their first date might have to wait about 10 years, but luckily, these two are headed to the same elementary school next year.

For now, the internet has crowned them the world's cutest (kindergarten) couple. 

WATCH: Simon Cowell's son takes over 'America's Got Talent' buzzer and cuteness ensues

It looks like the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

On Tuesday’s Season 12 premiere of “America’s Got Talent,” Simon Cowell brought his 3-year-old son, Eric, to the show.

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In a sweet behind-the-scenes clip, Eric went crazy hitting the buzzer as his usually cheeky dad shared his softer side and joked around with his son.

“Are you trying to do my job? What do I do?” Cowell asked as Eric hit the buzzer again and again. “That is my job!”

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“Just like your daddy!” Heidi Klum joked.

Cowell is all in for “AGT” but recently talked to "Extra" about the possibility of returning to the reboot of “American Idol” set to premiere in 2018.

“I was asked to do it, and the answer is no,” he said. “I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that.”

Online predator mailed phone to teen girl, parents say

Police in Alpharetta, Georgia, are putting out a warning after they said a man try to lure a teen into a relationship in a chat room.

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WSB-TV’s Mike Petchenik obtained a 911 call the girl’s father made to police last week.

“I have a daughter, 14 years old,” the man told police. “When I came home from work, I saw in my mailbox an iPhone shipped to her name.”

Police said the teen admitted she’d been chatting with a man on Google Hangouts.

“This guy is maybe 40 or 50 years old, I don’t know. Old guy,” the father said. “He’s talking with my daughter in a sexual way and all that stuff.”

Investigators told Petchenik they found explicit messages sent to the teen.

“She believed the male to be from Sweden, but it was actually mailed from Windy Hill (in Georgia)” said Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman Jason Muenzer. “It appears there was some explicit, sexual language as well as possible images on the phone.”

Muenzer said detectives believe the man sent the phone to the teen so he could communicate with her unbeknownst to her parents.

“We do ask that parents monitor what their children are viewing online,” he said. 

Muenzer said detectives are following leads where the phone came from and the identity of the man sending the messages.

“Adults are looking (for teens),” he said. “It’s sad, but there are adults looking.”

Amazon earned $70M unlawfully from kids, FTC said. Are you due a refund?

Online retailer Amazon, accused of unlawfully billing parents for more than $70 million in purchases by game-playing children, has settled a case with federal regulators, and refunds are available.

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The deadline for submitting refund requests is May 28, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

The charges were made between November 2011 and May 2016, officials said.

Amazon has offered many children’s apps for download to mobile devices such as the Kindle Fire, the FTC said. Children playing games such as “Ice Age Village” could spend unlimited amounts of money to pay for virtual items such as “coins,” “stars” and “acorns” without sufficient parental consent, federal officials said in a 2014 complaint.

“Even Amazon’s own employees recognized the serious problem its process created,” FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in 2014.

The FTC and Amazon agreed last month to end their litigation.

“Since the launch of the Appstore in 2011, Amazon has helped parents prevent purchases made without their permission by offering access to parental controls, clear notice of in-app purchasing, real-time notification for every in-app purchase and refund assistance for unauthorized purchases,” an Amazon spokesman said Tuesday. “The court here affirmed our commitment to customers when it ruled no changes to current Appstore practices were required.

“To continue ensuring a great customer experience, we are happy to provide our customers what we have always provided: refunds for purchases they did not approve. We have contacted all eligible customers who have not already received a refund for unauthorized charges to help ensure their refunds are confirmed quickly.”

The FTC said refund requests can be completed online at https://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/refund-orders/in-apprefund

Customers can go to their Amazon.com accounts and go to the Message Center to find information about requesting a refund under Important Messages. Questions about individual refunds should be directed to Amazon at 866-216-1072, the FTC said.

Police officer helps homeless family found sleeping in car

A rookie police officer in Massachusetts helped a family after he found them sleeping in a car in Taunton.

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Around 2:30 a.m. Monday, Taunton police officers were doing their regular patrol when they found a car with a man inside parked in the Fore Kicks Sporting Complex parking lot.

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“They located a male party sleeping in the driver side and a female in the passenger side. In the back of the truck, 2 children, age 2 and 3 years old,” said Taunton Police Department Lt. Paul Roderick.

Police say mom, dad and the children are homeless and were living out of their Chevy Silverado.

The sight of it had the two Taunton officers heartbroken.

“Our new officer took it upon himself to make arrangements because they had no place to stay, because it was cool in the evening,” said Roderick.

That officer is Leonardo Almeida, who just graduated from the Police Academy. The 25-year-old called a local hotel to see if they had a room available.

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“They explained to the front desk, out of the goodness of his own heart, he paid $190 to stay at the evening,” said Roderick.

Dad told police his mom sold the house recently and they didn’t have a place to go.

Almeida didn’t even think twice about paying. He never even mentioned his kind gesture to his bosses.

“I’m proud of James Olivera, the Field Training Officer, and Leonardo, my opinion, he's a humble man and cut out for this job,” said Roderick.

WFXT has reached out to hotel management for more information on the officer's act of kindness, but no one responded to our phone calls or email.

As for the children, police say they look healthy. Officers have reached out to DCF and DTA, which is standard procedure.

John Legend donates $5,000 to cover school lunch debt in Seattle

Ten-time Grammy winner John Legend has made a $5,000 donation to help cover meal debts for public school students across Seattle.

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The donation was made over the weekend to a GoFundMe website set up by Seattle resident Jeffery Lew.

Lew had set up the account three weeks ago, and it has gathered huge community support.

Lew said at first he had no idea who the donor was. The donation – the biggest from a single donor – was made under the name John Stephens.

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The donation was made under the name John Stephens.

Lew then showed it to his wife, who recognized that might be the birth name of one of her favorite performers.

“She was a big fan of John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen, so she’s like, 'Oh my God, I think that’s John Legend,'” said Lew. “I was like no way it can be him.”

Lew then emailed John Stephens to asked if he was indeed Legend.

“Sure enough, in 10 minutes, I got an email from John Legend himself with the subject line 'Yes it’s me,'" said Lew. “And I was like floored!”

Lew thanked Legend via Twitter.

In response to Lew’s Twitter message thanking him, Legend wrote: “My pleasure, we should have free lunch for all of our public students.”

Lew later found out through social media that Legend, on the same day, also donated $5,000 to help pay for medical treatment for a young girl in Cleveland.

“He’s a very generous man,” said Lew. "I respect him. He inspires me.”

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Lew wrote on his GoFundMe page:

"As of May 9, 2017, the total school lunch debt at my child’s school is $97.10. My first goal is to have that paid off. The second goal is to help pay off the school lunch debt for the entire Seattle Public Schools district. 

"Many children depend on a nutritious lunch to help them through their school day. Per the 2015-16 report by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State, 36 percent of Seattle Public School District students are on free or reduced-price meals. This is based on parents filling out meal applications. If a child is unable to pay for their meal, a debt has started. Families will receive an invoice from the school district to pay the debt."

There is another GoFundMe page to cover lunch debt at Everett, Washington, schools.

– MyNorthwest.com contributed to this report.

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