Mum, 33, ‘abandoned newborn baby in dirty nappy on doorstep after boyfriend dumped her’

A mum is accused of abandoning her newborn baby son in a dirty nappy on a stranger’s doorstep after her boyfriend broke up with her.

Melissa Kelley has been charged with unlawful desertion and child neglect after allegedly leaving her baby outside the home of the mother of her ex’s new partner in Deltona, Florida.

The 33-year-old allegedly told Patricia Tillman – who she had never met before – her former boyfriend Clayton Zinck would collect the child but he never arrived, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Ms Tillman told police Kelley turned up out of the blue on Sunday night, telling her not to touch the baby as he had scabies.

The mum is alleged to have told the stranger her baby had scabies

The mum is said to have also left an empty bottle and two dirty towels, as well as an opened can of baby formula, before fleeing.

Fox 35 reports the bewildered Ms Tilman then called 911, telling the call handler: “My daughter is dating her ex-boyfriend, or whatever, and she turned back and just left her baby.

“She just pushed the baby in the door and walked away.

She is reported to have said her ex partner would come and collect the child

She is said to have fled the scene before being arrested 30 miles away

“I don’t know her name. I have no idea who she is.”

The alleged incident is said to have taken place around 10.39pm.

Home security footage appears to show Kelley with her baby in a carrier, ringing the doorbell before walking away.

A police report reportedly states Mr Zinck’s parents were contacted but refused to collect the baby or wake up their son.

Volusia County authorities say Kelley texted her family: “Please don’t make me throw this baby in the trash.”

The accused is said to have become suicidal after the break-up with Mr Zinck, threatening to kill herself with drugs.

Officers traced the mum’s mobile phone and found her hiding in a wooded area in Astor, in Lake County, around 30 minutes away.

She was arrested, with the baby now in the care of Department of Children and Families.

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NSW koala bill dumped after Liberal MP Catherine Cusack votes against Government

The controversial koala bill that previously threatened to split the NSW Coalition has been scrapped.

Just months ago, the policy jeopardised the unity of the Coalition when Nationals Leader John Barilaro threatened to move to the crossbench, claiming the new protections went “too far” in favour of koalas.

Rather than have the bill examined by a parliamentary inquiry, the Government made the snap decision tonight to dump the legislation altogether.

This follows more than six months of negotiations between Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Mr Barilaro to find a balance between koala protection and land rights.

During debate in the Upper House, a vote was put forward to refer the koala bill to a committee which triggers a parliamentary inquiry.

Liberal MP Catherine Cusack crossed the floor and voted with Labor, the Greens, the Animal Justice Party and Independent Justin Field in favour of the inquiry.

Ms Cusack’s vote was the decider, leaving the Liberals, Nationals, Fred Nile and One Nation one vote short.

The ABC understands Ms Berejiklian personally tried to persuade Ms Cusack from voting against the Government, but ultimately failed.

Ms Cusack was subsequently sacked as parliamentary secretary.

“Following her decision today to move a non-Government amendment to a Government bill, I have made the decision to immediately remove Ms Catherine Cusack as a Parliamentary Secretary,” Ms Berejiklian said in a statement.

Gladys Berejiklian (L) sacked Catherine Cusack (R) as parliamentary secretary.(Supplied)

Just months ago, Ms Cusack was a vocal supporter of the Premier when Mr Barilaro publicly declared he would not support Government legislation if the koala bill proceeded.

Ms Cusack accused Mr Barilaro of treating Ms Berejiklian with “extreme contempt” and said his “whole strategy is 100 per cent bullying”.

The Nationals leader eventually backed down when Ms Berejiklian offered an ultimatum — remain in the Government, or give up your ministerial portfolios to sit on the crossbench.

With the bill now dead in the water, the Government will revert to its former policy on land management under the State Environmental Planning Policy despite the fact it has already expired.

“In the new year we will develop a policy to protect koalas and the interests of farmers,” the Premier said.

It’s understood there is now tension between the Premier and Planning Minister Rob Stokes, who had carriage of the now failed bill.

He said the old rules were “rudimentary” and needed modernising.

The NSW Government will now end 2020 back at square one on an issue that threatened to tear it apart just months ago.

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Star Wars toys dumped in Stourbridge garage fetch £250k

Star Wars actor sells props after lockdown ‘sort out’

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Russian court fines ventilator-manufacturer for shoddy production. The same company made the devices that were shipped in April to the U.S., which later dumped them in the trash.

An arbitration court in the Sverdlovsk region has fined the Ural Instrument Making Plant 500,000 rubles ($6,500) for manufacturing faulty equipment after federal regulators discovered violations of licensing requirements in the production, maintenance, and circulation of medical devices.

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Qatar ‘forcibly examined’ women in search for mother of newborn dumped in airport bathroom

Women passengers flying from Qatar were subjected to invasive searches after a premature baby was found abandoned in an airport bathroom, in an incident labelled “offensive” and “grossly inappropriate” by Australia’s government.Airport officials have not denied the incident, saying women passengers “were asked to assist” with inquiries to locate the mother of the baby, who they say is still alive. Qatari authorities have launched an appeal to trace the infant’s family.Security agents escorted…

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Dumped woman posted nude photos of ex on Instagram asking“what the f*** is that?”

A mum posted a nude photos of her ex on social media alongside mocking captions.

Yasmin Walker uploaded the picture of her former partner’s manhood onto her Instagram feed, which has 1,300 followers.

The 29-year-old shared the revealing snap after she was dumped following a short relationship.

Alongside the photo the mum-of-two wrote “what the f*** is that?” next to three laughing smilies.

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The mum-of-two mocked the victim online

The victim was in the cinema with his son when he started receiving messages from people warning him about the post.

He ran out of the cinema and called Walker, urging her to take the post down.

The man was at the cinema with his young son when his phone “started going mad” with messages alerting him to the picture.

“Not my fault you got a little dick and is s*** in bed,” she later messaged him on WhatsApp, The Sun reported.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said some people have found the incident funny because he’s a man.

She was found guilty of the offence

Walker appeared to dance as she left the court
Walker appeared to dance as she left the court

“I have had nights out where people have been shouting stuff about it,” he told The Sun.

Walker, of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, was found guilty of disclosing a personal sexual photo with intent to cause distress at the town’s magistrates’ court.

She had claimed she posted the picture accidentally.

Prosecuting lawyer Philip Morris told the court that Walker “attempted, quite callously, to humiliate him”.

Walker will be sentenced next month.

Legislation designed to clamp down on revenge porn was introduced in 2015.

People caught sending nude photos of other people without their consent and with the intention of embarrassing them can now get up to two years in prison.

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Melbourne Cup 2019: Punter who won $793k dumped moments before win

The Melbourne Cup’s luckiest punter has revealed he was brushed by the woman he was with moments before realising he had won nearly $800,000.

Kenny was on a date with a high school friend at Crown Casino during the Melbourne Cup races on Tuesday.

In the aftermath of the main event’s stewards inquiry — which saw Master of Reality demoted from second to fourth for impeding eventual third-place finisher Il Paradiso — Kenny wasn’t aware he had won $793,000 from a $10 bet, thinking initially he had picked the correct top four horses but in the wrong order.

But the protest — which also saw Prince of Arran bumped up from third to second — was a godsend.

Speaking to former AFL stars Garry Lyon and Tim Watson on SEN Breakfast today, Kenny explained minutes after the race that stops a nation, his date brutally told him she wasn’t interested and was eager to catch the next train home.

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Rex Airlines considers flying regional routes Virgin Australia dumped during coronavirus

Regional towns across the country could soon have new air services in the wake of Virgin Australia cancelling routes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While international and state borders are closed, Regional Express Airlines (Rex) is weighing up whether to fly to towns that Virgin Australia abandoned, such as Port Macquarie and Tamworth in New South Wales.

Rex is based at Mascot in Sydney, and is the nation’s largest regional network aside from QantasLink.

Rex deputy chairman and former Nationals MP John Sharpalso flagged other routes the airline could fly into.

“We think we can take up the slack in routes that we compete currently against Virgin, like Albury and Mildura, and also routes that Virgin’s already abandoned some time ago in Western Australia, like Perth to Geraldton,” Mr Sharp said.

He said the regional airline industry wouldn’t have survived without the Commonwealth Government’s support leaving many regional communities cut off from their capital cities.

Earlier this year, the Australian Government had provided a cash boost to regional airlines through the Commonwealth Grant Agreement through the COVID-19 Regional Airline Network Support program.

“As part of our return of the support that our company’s received from the Australian Government, we are prepared to operate services to communities where we don’t see any profit,” Mr Sharp said.

‘More planes in the air’

Speaking at a press conference in Wagga Wagga today, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack would not say if the Government would offer support to Rex should they take over the regional routes, saying they would have those discussions in the future.

Instead, he called on the premiers to ease the border restrictions.

Mr McCormack said he felt that in many cases the border restrictions were for political purposes, but they were restricting business, aviation, and “life as we know it”.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says many regional areas are under lockdown despite having no COVID-19 cases.(ABC Wagga Wagga: Melinda Hayter)

“We want to make sure that there are more planes in the air — planes in the air, jobs on the ground,” he said.

“Let’s get on, open those borders up, allow tourism to be what it needs to be, allow Australians to travel freely around their own country and get more planes flying interstate, that is so important.

However, Mr Sharp said opening borders prematurely could cause more harm to the aviation and tourism industries.

“It’s a fine judgment by governments, but one thing they do need to bear in mind is that a premature … lifting of border closures could result in another wave, and that’s going to do us a lot more harm,” he said.

Regional mayor commends Rex

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Mayor Peta Pinson confirmed Rex Airlines had been in contact.

The tail of a Virgin Australia plane on the tarmac, with other planes lines up behind it.
Virgin Australia has cancelled many of its regional routes as it continues its post-coronavirus restructure.(AAP: Darren England)

“I commend Rex for their forward thinking,” Cr Pinson said.

“Disappointed in Virgin — a little bit of heads up would have been nice to receive from them.”

She said it would make “perfect sense” for Rex to pick up the route.

“We’re a growing region … our commercial activity is high, we are a low-transmission area — we’ve had no COVID cases for many months now,” Cr Pinson said.

“They [Rex] will be well rewarded by our community, I would imagine.

The mayor said the council had received a lot of interest from other carriers afterVirgin Airlines announced last week it was withdrawing its services.

“While some airlines are contracting, an airline is looking at their opportunities too,” she said.

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Bags of poo dumped in Adelaide reserves as ‘irresponsible’ dog owners multiply

Plastic bags filled with dog poo are being dumped by owners with increasing frequency across Adelaide’s recreation parks, leaving it to unimpressed volunteers to collect the waste.

From Belair National Park to Mount Osmond and Brownhill Creek, the owners of excited dogs have been dutifully bagging their pets’ faeces, but leaving the packages on the ground, on posts, or even hanging in trees.

“Sometimes I think they intend to pick it up on their way back, but they often come back on a different route, and sometimes they actually hang them in trees,” Friends of Mt Osmond Conservation Park secretary Christine James said.

She said there had been up to three times more bags dumped in the park since coronavirus restrictions came into effect earlier this year, leaving more people seeking outdoor exercise.

A bag of poo left hanging in a tree at Belair National Park.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Regan Footner)

Leavings up in Brownhill Creek

Brownhill Creek Association Community Liaison Officer Ron Bellchambers said there had been a 20 per cent increase in the number of poo bags in the popular park.

“Whether they forget to collect their poo bag or can’t be bothered is an interesting question,” he said.

He added there had been about a 30 per cent increase in visitor numbers to Brownhill Creek since COVID-19 restrictions began.

“Perhaps there is a disproportionate number of poo bags being left due to an increase in new visitors who have yet to develop a sense of caring for the park,” Mr Bellchambers said.

Calls for more bins

Friends of Belair National Park president Mike Cerchez said he had seen filled bags dumped right next to where owners’ cars were parked because they did not want to take them with them.

The volunteer of 30 years in the 840-hectare park said there used to be bulk bins, but they were abused by people dumping mattresses and other junk and were eventually removed.


“There’s just nothing for people to put rubbish in and obviously they just don’t want to take them home again,” Mr Cerchez said.

Ms James also believed bins were the solution and wanted them installed at the entrances to the Mount Osmond park.

At Brownhill Reserve, however, filled poo bags have been sighted less than 100 metres from a rubbish bin.

‘Leave no trace’

A National Parks and Wildlife Service SA spokeswoman said rangers had noticed increased bag dumping due to the large rise in the number of people visiting parks over the past few months.

“The visitor increase is likely due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and recent school holidays,” she said.

She said it was the responsibility of dog owners to take their waste with them “in the same way that campers or people having a picnic are expected to take their waste with them when they leave”.

A woman holding dogs on a leash and man with an umbrella walk before a sunset with the city behind them.
The Government spokesperson said many park visitors did the right thing and took poo bags with them.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Malcolm Sutton)

The spokeswoman said the only exception to this were locations where cafes operated.

“Additionally, bins in natural areas are likely to be disturbed by weather and animals, potentially contaminating our parks and reserves with refuse,” she said.

She said littering was an offence and that dog owners had “legal responsibilities”.

“All park visitors are expected to adhere to the ‘leave no trace’ principle and take away whatever they take in with them,” she said.

‘Take your poo home’

Mr Bellchambers said it was “wonderful to see people enjoying parks in increasing numbers and receiving the physical and mental health benefits of connecting with nature”.

“Certainly this supports a case for properly funding our National Parks and Wildlife Service and maintaining our parks,” he said.

Ms James was also happy to see an “enormous” increase in the number of people walking in parks — but she’d rather they only left footprints.

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