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Toddler found alone after parents’ arrest

GUYTON, GA. — Effingham County sheriff’s officials say a man and woman accused of leaving their toddler home alone while subfreezing wind blew through an open door have been arrested.

Sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor said deputies were responding to calls about a reckless driver when they found a car 20-year-old Scott Dufford and 31-year-old Melissa Rossetti were riding in doing doughnuts in a church parking lot early Wednesday.

Authorities say Dufford was intoxicated, and investigators found the couple’s 18-month-old child alone with the home’s front door was left open.

Ehsanipoor says the child is in the custody of a relative. Dufford and Rossetti have been charged with loitering, prowling and child cruelty.

Girl’s leg is severed when hit by vehicle

SMYRNA, GA. — Cobb Coun­ty fire officials say part of a teen girl’s leg was severed when she was hit by a car.

Department spokesman Denell Boyd said the 14-year-old girl might have been trying to help push her family’s disabled vehicle on an icy road when she was hit by a car that was unable to stop Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say the girl’s leg appeared to have been severed below the knee. The teen was in surgery Thursday evening.

In other news

A TEENAGE BOY died Thurs­day after he and his friends fell through the frozen surface of a pond in Cal­houn. Gordon County Deputy Coroner Heath Derryberry said 13-year-old Joseph Attoh and four other children were riding four-wheelers when they stopped to step onto the frozen surface. Four of the five walked onto the pond’s surface and after it shattered, Attoh was unable to get out.


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