3-year-old boy dies after he's locked in hot car in Tennessee: Officials

iStock/Thinkstock(SWEETWATER, Tenn.) -- A 3-year-old boy has died after he was found locked in a hot car in Sweetwater, Tennessee, on Monday, authorities said.

The boy's grandmother -- who is also his guardian -- told authorities she had been mowing a neighbor's lawn while a teenager was watching several children at the home, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

When the grandmother came back to the home, they realized the boy was missing, officials said.

The boy was found in a locked 2006 Honda Accord at the home. It's not clear if the car was locked when it was parked earlier that day, the sheriff's office said.

The grandmother said she took the boy out of the car and into the home where she tried to revive him but was unsuccessful, the sheriff's office said.

The boy had spent 35 minutes in the car, officials said. The temperature reached 86 degrees that day.

"After the investigation is complete, the file will be turned over to the district attorney for review," sheriff's office spokesman Lowell Russell told ABC News via email.

This marks the 23rd child to die from a hot car in the United States this year, according to

Children's bodies heat up much faster than adults and children's internal organs begin to shut down after their core body temperature reaches 104 degrees, according to a report from the National Safety Council.

On an 86-degree day, for example, it would take only about 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach a dangerous 105 degrees, the report said.

July is the deadliest month of the year for hot car deaths, according to

"The last three fatalities have involved children who got into the vehicle on their own," director Amber Rollins told ABC News via email on Tuesday. "These are the easiest tragedies to prevent."

Rollins offers these tips for drivers:

  • Always keep cars locked even if you don't have children.
  • Always keep keys out of children's reach.
  • If a child goes missing, check the inside and trunk of all cars in the area immediately.

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Feds hold hearing on two deadly Amtrak train crashes

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the ongoing investigations into two deadly Amtrak accidents.

In December 2017, Amtrak train 501 was going twice the speed limit in around a curve in DuPont, Washington when it careened off the tracks, according to a preliminary report. That accident killed three people and injured dozens of others.

In February 2018, A Miami-bound Amtrak train collided with a freight train in South Carolina killing two people and injuring 116 after a track switch was in the wrong position, putting an Amtrak train on the wrong course, according to the NTSB.

Expected to be at the center of this week's discussion among train safety experts is "positive train control", a technology that can automatically slow or stop locomotives in dangerous situations.

The technology could have prevented at least 23 deaths and more than 300 injuries over the past decade, NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt testified in February.

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5 shot dead in Delaware including 3 under 8-years-old

iStock/Thinkstock(PRICES CORNER, Del.) -- Five people, including three children younger than 8, were found shot dead in a Delaware home, authorities said.

Troopers responded to the home in Prices Corner a few minutes before 8 p.m. Monday and found the five victims upstairs, Delaware State Police said.

Police did not release the victims’ names but identified them as a 42-year-old man, a 41-year-old woman and three children under the age of 8.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is investigating. "There is no concern for safety in the surrounding area," police said.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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Cops release video of suspect in 71-year-old's murder

iStock/Thinkstock(SANDY SPRINGS, Ga.) -- Police in Georgia have released surveillance video of the suspect in the murder of a 71-year-old woman as the victim's family pleads with the public to help catch the killer.

Kay Thomasson was stabbed in the neck at her Sandy Springs home early on June 27, according to the Sandy Springs police.

After the murder, the suspect stole the victim's car, which was later found in an apartment complex in Chamblee, Georgia, police said.

On Monday, police released surveillance video taken from outside Thomasson's home that they say shows the suspect walking by.

Thomasson's children accompanied police at a news conference on Monday in which the video was shown to the public.

"Our mom was such a loving member of this community for over 40 years," Thomasson's daughter, Katie Gryglas, told reporters as she held her mother's photo, overcome with emotion. "We know this is a community that takes care of their neighbors."

"She would have done anything for anybody," she continued. "So please, if you know anything, come forward."

"We have been working tirelessly on this case," police said, adding that they hope someone will recognize the suspect's gait or clothing.

Police have not released a motive.

A reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect has reached $100,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective JT Williams at 770-551-6937.

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Newlywed couple narrowly dodges falling tree branch

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A bride and groom started their first moments of married life with a bang when a giant tree limb fell right where they were sitting.Cheyenne and Lucas Kopeschka were sitting at a picnic table filming a post-ceremony interview after their June 30 wedding when a large wooden wedding crasher nearly toppled down on them.

In the video, the Wisconsin couple look up just as a loud crackling noise can be heard. The Kopeschkas then quickly bolt from the bench before a massive branch comes flying toward them.

"We both had enough time to react to get out of the way of the tree," Lucas Kopeschka said. "So we both got lucky in that aspect."

Freddy Hernandez Photography and Media posted the full video on Facebook along with the blooper-esq ending which has garnered more than 107,000 views.

Hernandez told ABC News that he shot the couple's big day with his partner and that he had never seen anything quite like it.

"It’s the craziest thing that's ever happened to us and we were all shaken up," he said. "Their wedding party came rushing to them to make sure they were OK."

The couple was a bit shaken but finished the interview in the exact same spot.

"Well, this happened," Cheyenne Kopeschka said looking at the large tree limb.

The bride said the unlikely interruption would not ruin the big day. "Our relationship is stronger than that tree," she said. "We're happy, we're married, we're safe."

"We’re so glad they weren’t hurt, after the interview, the reception went on as planned and they had a beautiful wedding day," Hernandez said.

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Chris expected to strengthen into hurricane off East Coast

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Chris is about to become the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

It is forecast to strengthen as it meanders off the Carolinas coast on Tuesday. Rough seas and rip currents are forecast for the East Coast all week.

The tropical storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph at 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning and was moving at just 2 mph.

By tonight, Chris will finally begin to move northeast -- parallel to the Eastern seaboard.

It is not forecast to make landfall in the U.S. Chris will move out to sea as we head into the end of the week.

Heavy rain in Southwest
There was record rainfall across the Southwest on Monday. Tucson got more than 1 inch of rain, while Phoenix got more than a half an inch. The totals were enough to break daily record rainfalls for both cities

Strong wind gusts near 60 mph picked up dust and reduced visibility to 100 feet.

Heavy rain, about 1 to 2 inches, was also reported in Utah where mudslides closed roads.

There will be more of the same today, as moist air continues to flow into the region.

The rainfall forecast over some areas could be more than 3 inches through Thursday.

Mudslides and debris flow are possible over the burnt scars.

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'Miracle' baby survives in Montana woods

Missoula County Sheriff's Office(MISSOULA, Mont.) -- A 5-month-old baby was found alive after being buried under a pile of sticks in the Montana woods for at least nine hours, according to authorities, who called the survival a "miracle."

The baby endured temperatures in the 40s for at least nine hours and was found face down and clothed in only a wet and soiled onesie, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

A search and rescue team found the baby around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after combing through the woods for more than six hours, authorities said. A deputy found the child after hearing a faint cry and following the sound, according to the sheriff's office.

Authorities had received a 911 call Saturday night around 8 p.m. describing a male who was "acting strange" in the area of the Lolo Hot Springs in Missoula County, according to the sheriff's office.

When the deputies were en route to the scene, emergency dispatchers received more calls stating that the man was threatening people and saying he had a gun, authorities said. The deputies arrived to find that the alleged suspect, 32-year-old Francis Carlton Crowley, had left the area and that the child in his custody had not been seen for several hours.

Deputies later apprehended Crowley at the Hot Springs area, and they say he made statements indicating that the baby was buried somewhere in the mountains, according to the sheriff's office. Crowley appeared to be under the influence of drugs, authorities said.

Crowley has been charged with felony criminal endangerment and is being held on $50,000 bond, jail records show. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

Several agencies, including the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and Montana Highway Patrol, assisted Missoula County search and rescue crews to help find the baby.

The child was transported to a local hospital and is in good condition, according to the sheriff's office.

"For all of us at the sheriff's office, this is what we call a miracle," sheriff's office said in a statement. "For the officers who were present for this event, it's especially hard knowing what this small baby endured in the last 24 hours."

ABC News' Darren Reynolds contributed to this report.

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Two Navy SEAL leaders relieved of duty after sexual misconduct allegations

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The commander and the senior enlisted officer of a U.S. Navy SEAL team have been relieved of their duties after investigations into alleged sexual assault and sexual harassment while their unit was deployed to East Africa, officials said.

Both senior leaders had been sent back to the United States in May while the allegations were investigated and could possibly face administrative punishments.

"The commanding officer and command master chief of an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare command were relieved of their duties on July 9," said Lt. Jacqui Maxwell, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Group Two.

"Cmdr. Jarrod Donaldson and Master Chief Jon Franklin were relieved from their position by Capt. Jamie Sands, commander, Naval Special Warfare Group Two," Maxwell added.

"Donaldson and Franklin have been administratively reassigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two.”

In early May, Donaldson and Franklin were "pulled from deployment" in East Africa after sexual misconduct allegations were made. Both leaders retained their command positions within the unit stateside while the allegations were investigated.

One of the team leaders was investigated for the alleged inappropriate touching of a female service member during the deployment, two defense officials said.

Both team leaders are being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment, officials said.

Donaldson and Franklin were investigated by a command investigation and the Navy's Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigated personal conduct allegations against Franklin, Lt. Maxwell said.

They have been relieved of their duties now that the investigations are concluded. "The Navy will follow due process," Maxwell said.

Substantiated allegations are typically followed by potential nonjudicial punishments meted out by a commanding officer, a disciplinary review board or both, a defense official said. SEAL Team units deployed to East Africa typically operate in Djibouti, where the United States has a base, and in Somalia, where they assist in an advisory capacity with the Somali military.

While "pulled from deployment," both senior leaders have not been relieved of their duties as the commanding officer and command master chief of their SEAL Team. While stateside they will remain in those positions as the allegations are investigated.

The Navy has eight SEAL team units, four odd-numbered units stationed in Coronado, California, and four even-numbered units stationed at Little Creek, Virginia.

A ninth SEAL Team is more commonly known as SEAL Team Six, though its official name is Special Warfare Development Group DEVGRU. That elite Special Missions unit is best known for its role in the Osama bin Laden raid.

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2-year-old boy dies after found in hot car outside his Sacramento home: Officials

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A 2-year-old boy has died after he was found in a scorching hot car outside his Sacramento home this weekend, authorities said.

The boy was unresponsive and not breathing when 911 was called shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said in a news release on Monday.

The temperature reached 98 degrees on Saturday and remained in the 90s until about 6 p.m.

"It is unknown how long the child was in the vehicle or exactly how the child came to be in the vehicle," the sheriff's department said.

The young boy was taken to a hospital where he later died, the sheriff's office said.

The boy's death is believed to be heat-related but authorities are awaiting confirmation from the coroner's office, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Shaun Hampton told ABC News. The boy's autopsy will be completed on Monday, the Sacramento County coroner's office said.

No arrests have made, Hampton said.

This is the 22nd hot car-related child death in the United States this year, according to

Children's bodies heat up much faster than adults and children's internal organs begin to shut down after their core body temperature reaches 104 degrees, according to a report from the National Safety Council.

On an 86-degree day, for example, it would take only about 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach a dangerous 105 degrees, the report said.

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Mountain goats shot at close range on Colorado hiking trail

Colorado Parks and Wildlife(BRECKENRIDGE, Colo.) -- Near the peak of a well-traveled mountain trail in Colorado, on the day before July 4, some hikers found a grim scene: Two mountain goats lay dead after apparent poachers shot them in the head at close range.

The young, male "billy" goats were discovered around 3:30 p.m. on July 3, approximately 2.8 miles up the Quandary Peak Trail in Breckenridge, according Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials who are investigating the felony crime.

Many people were hiking the popular trail around the July 4th holiday and officials are asking anyone who saw suspicious activity to come forward.

"We ask that anyone who was near the summit of Quandary Peak Tuesday help us locate those responsible for this egregious poaching," said Tom Davies, district wildlife manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The poachers could face jail time, license suspensions and fines that can exceed $20,000 per animal if convicted on the felony charges.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or citation.

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