Man allegedly freezes baby
Bail was set at US$1 million on Tuesday for a 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his six-week-old daughter in a minus-12oC freezer for about an hour to stop her crying. Doctors believe the baby will survive, but it was too soon to know the potential complications, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said. The child’s core temperature fell to 29oC in the freezer, prosecutors said. She also had a broken arm and leg, and a head injury, medical staff determined. Tyler Deutsch pleaded not guilty to charges of child assault, criminal mistreatment and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. According to court papers, Deutsch gave Pierce County police officers several accounts, but finally said he put the child in the freezer on Saturday afternoon “because he was tired and she was crying.” Deutsch said he fell asleep, awoke as the baby’s 22-year-old mother returned to their trailer in Roy, Washington, and was removing the baby from the freezer as the mother came in, according to the prosecutor’s account. He is accused of taking a phone away when the mother tried to call for help.
Stabbing suspect arrested
Police investigating the stabbing of a soldier in Paris arrested a suspect yesterday that sources described as an adherent of “radical Islam.” “The suspected perpetrator of the attack on a soldier [on] Saturday evening in La Defense was arrested this morning,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement. The statement said the suspect was arrested in Yvelines, just to the west of Paris. Sources close to the investigation said the 22-year-old man has been a follower of “traditionalist, even radical Islam for the last three or four years.” The sources urged caution in a case that is still in its early stages, saying the suspect was not known to be a jihadist. The attack in a busy underground shopping and transport hub echoed the grisly killing of another soldier in London, but authorities have not yet established a link between the two cases.
Most-wanted man captured
Police said yesterday that they had captured the country’s most-wanted man in a hotel outside Paris six weeks after he dynamited his way out of a prison in a dramatic jailbreak. Redoine Faid, a famed 41-year-old career thief who had been serving time for past robberies and risked a heavy new sentence over the 2010 death of a policewoman, was arrested overnight at a hotel in Pontault-Combault, about 20km east of Paris. Police said he was arrested with an accomplice and that weapons were seized at the scene. Officials had warned that Faid, who grew up in tough immigrant suburbs outside Paris, was considered armed and “especially dangerous.” Faid had been in prison since mid-2011 for breaking the terms of his parole over past convictions for bank robberies and brazen heists of cash-in-transit vehicles.
Crew arrive at space station
A Soyuz capsule carrying an American, Russian and Italian yesterday successfully docked with the International Space Station, where the new crew will spend six months conducting a variety of experiments. The docking took place less than six hours after the Russian spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The capsule carrying NASA’s Karen Nyberg, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and Italy’s Luca Parmitano orbited the Earth four times before docking with the space station. “It was a pretty cool ride,” Nyberg said upon arrival.