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Wading pool drain seriously hurts girl

MINNEAPOLIS — A 6-year-old girl who sat on an open drain in a wading pool lost part of her intestinal tract to the drain’s powerful suction, her family said.

Abigail Taylor was injured in the wading pool on June 29, according to her family.

Her father, Scott Taylor, said the suction caused a 2-inch tear in Abigail’s rectum and pulled out much of her small intestine. Doctors had to remove the part of her intestines that remained, said the family’s lawyer, Bob Bennett.

Abigail remained in intensive care at Children’s Hospital yesterday and appeared to be improving, Mr. Bennett said.

NORTH CAROLINA

5-year-old restrains rabid fox

KINGSTOWN — A 5-year-old boy grabbed a rabid fox by the neck and pinned it to the ground during a family cookout, protecting six other children before his stepfather could kill the animal.

“I wanted to protect my little brother,” said Rayshun McDowell, who battled the fox in the front yard of his home Sunday in Kingstown, a town about 50 miles west of Charlotte.

The fox bit Rayshun in the leg, but the 61-pound boy held the animal down for more than a minute. Animal control officials said Tuesday that test results confirmed that the fox had rabies, which is fatal unless treated before symptoms appear. Rayshun is undergoing treatment.

From staff reports and wire dispatches