Nude film scandal hits army
The court in the city of Nantes has suspended the resignation of an army trainee who said she was pressured to leave after complaining about a sergeant who filmed her nude in the shower. The court ruled against the departure of the 25-year-old woman who was undergoing training as a cook in an army training center in the Vendee region, her lawyer said on Monday. The recruit from the French Caribbean island of Martinique made an official complaint on Nov. 20 after she realized she was filmed in the communal showers. Following her complaint, she said she was pressured into resigning. “I was made to think that I had done something wrong and at no time did I feel supported in any way,” she said. She was summoned by a colonel who told her: “For you, it’s over. For the well-being of the training program, the students and the teachers.” She then filed a lawsuit last month.
Girl arrested over death
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of bludgeoning her mother to death and living with her corpse for two months, police said on Tuesday. The 14-year-old, who is suspected of carrying out the murder on Jan. 11 with her boyfriend, attempted to conceal her mother’s death by using insecticides and air fresheners to mask odors, police in the town of La Molina said. Her father, an octogenarian suffering from Alzheimer’s, had continued to live in the house unaware that the killing had taken place. Commander Rafael Moron said the girl told officers that her 16-year-old boyfriend had committed the killing, attacking her 63-year-old mother with a dumbbell after she had reacted angrily to finding the couple alone in a locked room of the family home. However, her boyfriend, who surrendered to authorities on Tuesday, has denied the killing, insisting the girl, identified only as Stephanie, was responsible. Police said after the killing, the daughter continued her life as normal, entertaining friends at home and regularly posting updates to Facebook.
Man fined over plane row
A judge fined a Louisiana man US$600 on Tuesday for forcing a Delta Air Lines flight to make an emergency landing after he got into a drunken argument with his wife aboard the plane on their anniversary. Michael Foret, 33, was escorted from the plane by police when it landed in the Cayman Islands on Sunday. The flight was traveling from Atlanta en route to Costa Rica. His wife remained aboard the plane and continued traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica, police said. On Tuesday, Foret, who had been held in police custody, appeared before a judge, said his lawyer, Ben Tonner. Foret was fined for disruptive behavior aboard a commercial flight, he said.
Drugs found on toddler
A New Jersey man has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after his toddler was found with dozens of heroin packets at daycare, police said on Tuesday. A worker at the childcare center in Paterson, New Jersey, discovered 48 glassine envelopes of heroin stuffed in the two-year-old’s jacket on Monday, Paterson Police Lieutenant Bert Ribeiro said. The employee called police, who determined the father had accompanied the child to the center that day. There was no indication the child was aware the drugs were in his jacket, police said. The child’s father, identified by police as Phillip Young, 27, was arrested and being held on US$85,000 bail, authorities said.