children

Montgomery DA’s Office Introducing Initiative to Lower Homicides & Counsel Youth

Several Montgomery agencies are coming together to lower the homicide rate in Montgomery and help at-risk youth. So far, Montgomery has recorded 59 homicides this year, a number much higher than past years. The Helping Montgomery Families Initiative, or H.M.F.I, was established in 2008, working to help students get back on track who continuously are suspended from school. Now that…

Smith Station Man Given $2 Million Bond for Over 40 Sex Crimes Against Children

Lee County authorities arrested Brandon Hart, 31, of Smiths Station, for 21 counts of sex crimes against children. The children ages range from two and 14-years-old. On Tuesday, September 22, investigators executed a search warrant at Lee Road 560 in Smiths Station. Police found evidence of sex crimes against children which led to Hart’s 21 charges. Authorities place Hart in…

Coronavirus and Children, UAB Pediatrician Gives Insight

As the start of the school year inches closer, there are still many unknowns about coronavirus and children. Alabama News Network spoke with Dr. GiGi Youngblood of Children’s Hospital of Alabama to get some answers. A portion of the interview can be read below. Q: When it comes to children and coronavirus, are children more or less susceptible to the virus? A:…

Prayer Walk in Washington Park Saturday, March 2

In the wake of recent violence in Montgomery, a prayer walk will be held tomorrow. All people are encouraged to come out and fellowship, pray, and walk in the spirit of love for one another and unity in Montgomery. The prayer walk starts at 10AM in Washington Park, at the corner of Early and Jordan streets.     Categories: Montgomery…

Early Warm Temps Are A Reminder about Pool Safety

Alabama ties at 5th for pool/spa drownings in 2018.

       Alabama was among the deadliest states in the U.S. for child pool and spa drownings in 2018, with 8 child swimming pool and spa drownings occurring last year. This is an increase of 50 percent over 2017, when there were 4 drownings in the state. ·         Nationwide there were 253 media reported fatal drownings in 2018 for children under…

Children of The Storm on The Gulf Coast

Weeks after Michael, many children were still stuck in shelters.

By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press Experts say Hurricane Michael and its aftermath have been especially troubling for the children of the storm, many too young to understand the Category 4 monster that smashed across the Florida Panhandle in October. Sometimes toddlers refuse to eat. Children can be irritable and others cry. Says Tiffany Harris, one mother with children uprooted by…

Authorities: Two People Charged After Five Children Exposed to Cocaine

Montgomery police have arrested two people after authorities say five children were exposed to cocaine. Authorities have charged 40-year-old Eric Heath and 31-year-old Cordelia Adair with five counts of chemical endangerment of a child. The Department of Human Resources called authorities on September 6 after reports of drug activity at a home in the 400 block of Gardendale Drive. Adair…

Doug Jones: Taking kids from parents “is completely contrary to our core American values.”

Says he will co-sponsor legislation blocking ICE agents from separating parents and kids.

Alabama’s newly elected Democratic U.S. Senator says he will co sponsor a bill introduced by fellow Democrat Dianna Feinstein “preventing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border.” “This cruel policy needs to end now but we need workable solutions that can address this specific problem long-term. While we all wish it were…

First Pediatric Flu Death in Alabama: Pike Road Girl

Dozens of other child deaths reported across the U.S.

An elementary school-aged girl in Alabama has died from the flu. Pike Road Schools Superintendent Charles Ledbetter, who’s been in contact with the girl’s parents, tells news outlets Zainab Momin died Tuesday night at a hospital. The third-grade student at Pike Road Elementary had stayed home from school Tuesday with flu-like symptoms and her fever continued to surge throughout the…