Florida News Stories May 27: Naked Attacker Shot

By: AP
By: AP
Naked attacker killed...child abuse cases...angry girlfriend stuns cheating husband...car wreck drowns two...astronauts enter 1st private spaceship...

This image provided by NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft taken from Canadarm2's video camera as Dragon approaches the International Space Station, Friday, May 25, 2012. In foreground is a portion of Canadarm2. Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers will use the Canadarm2 robotic arm to grapple the supply ship Friday morning with the berthing to the Earth-facing side of the station�s Harmony node following. Dragon is scheduled to spend about a week docked with the station before returning to Earth on May 31 for retrieval. (AP Photo/NASA)

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami police and witnesses say that an officer has fatally shot a naked man who was chewing on the face of another man on a downtown causeway off-ramp.
The Miami Herald reports that gunshots were heard at about 2 p.m. Saturday on the MacArthur Causeway off-ramp. Witnesses said that a woman saw two men fighting and flagged down an officer, who saw a naked man mauling the other man. The newspaper quoted witnesses as saying that the officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when he ignored repeated demands, fatally shot him.
Police said the other man was transported to the hospital for treatment of critical injuries.
A police news release Saturday evening confirmed the shooting but not some details provided by witnesses.
A police spokesman couldn't be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Saturday evening.

COCOA, Fla. (AP) -- A 23-year-old central Florida man has been charged with murder for allegedly throwing a toddler against a bed. Brevard County deputies say Charles Foster became frustrated while babysitting the little girl earlier this week and threw her against the bed. She was flown to the hospital and later removed from life support.

Fla. committee to review all child abuse deaths
MIAMI (AP) -- Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins says his agency will now allow the state child death review team to review all child deaths.
Wilkins reversed the longstanding and controversial practice where the team was only able to review a fraction of child deaths. Experts worried the policy made it easy to manipulate the numbers to make it appear there were fewer child deaths. The number of child abuse deaths dropped from 197 to 136 between 2009 and 2010.
There were 2,282 child deaths in Florida in 2010, but the state team was only allowed to review a fraction of those cases because only 136 were categorized as child abuse.
Decisions about whether to categorize a death as child abuse vary widely across the state.

Police say man beat toddler with plastic flower
LADY LAKE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida police have arrested a 25-year-old man they say beat a toddler with a plastic flower.
Lady Lake Police arrested Brandon Quimper on a child abuse charge Thursday. According to an arrest affidavit, the 2-year-old had 4-5 inch bruises and abrasions on her back and legs.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Quimper later admitted spanking the child with the plastic flower after she hit him first in the eye. He allegedly said he spanked her to display punishment. Quimper lives in New York.

Fla. woman charged with using stun gun on couple
MARGATE, Fla. (AP) -- A 34-year-old South Florida woman has been charged with battery after police say she repeatedly shocked the father of her child and his lover after catching the two in bed together.
Eva Hartman went to Alvin Hennis' house Wednesday and found him in bed with another woman. She allegedly shocked Hennis on the arm with a stun gun from her key chain.
The other woman fled the house through a window, but according to a Margate Police report, Hartman chased the woman and stunned her on the neck and arm.
The Sun Sentinel reports Hennis told a judge the incident was his fault and praised Hartman as a good mother and hard worker. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter.
Hartman was released from jail Thursday. A telephone listing could not be found.
2 bodies pulled from Fla. canal
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities have identified a couple whose bodies were pulled from a submerged car in a South Florida canal.
Someone reported 51-year-old Joseph Stephenson and 43-year-old Amber Filion missing on Thursday night. Authorities said the two worked at Applebee's restaurant and were on their way home Thursday night when the driver tried to make a U-Turn and the car slipped into the canal.
Helicopters searched the area and found the car Friday. There was no guardrail along the canal bank.
A crane pulled the white four-door car out of the water.

Astronauts enter world's 1st private supply ship
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The space station astronauts have entered the Dragon.
Early Saturday, the crew of the International Space Station slid open the hatch of its new addition, the world's first commercial supply ship. The SpaceX capsule, named Dragon, made history with its arrival Friday.
NASA astronaut Donald Pettit was the first one in. He said it smelled like a brand new car and reminded him of the cargo capability of his pickup truck. Pettit and his crewmates have until the middle of next week to unload Dragon's groceries and refill the capsule with gear for return to Earth.
The California-based SpaceX is the first private company to send a vessel to the space station. NASA is turning over delivery work so it can focus on getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.

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