- - Monday, June 25, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A severely malnourished 10-year-old Kansas City girl who was found locked in a closet remained hospitalized Monday and likely faces an extended recovery after an initial “failure to thrive” diagnosis, experts said.

Police found the 32-pound girl Friday after responding to a call from a child-abuse hotline. She was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital on Friday and remained there Monday, said Mike Mansur, spokesman for the Jackson County prosecutor’s office.

The child’s 29-year-old mother appeared in Jackson County court Monday. She was shackled at the wrists and quietly listened as a judge read the felony charges against her — assault, child abuse and endangerment. The woman was ordered held on $200,000 cash bond.

TEXAS


Leak shuts down WWII battleship indefinitely

HOUSTON — The 100-year-old Battleship Texas, the last remaining dreadnaught that fought in World Wars I and II, closed indefinitely Monday as staff tried to repair several holes allowing nearly 2,000 gallons of water per minute into the vessel, the ship’s manager said Monday.

The leaks plaguing the ship, which fought as the USS Texas, have highlighted the need to enact a multimillion-dollar plan to dry-dock the vessel, removing it from the salty waters of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, where it has sat for several decades.

The vessel first closed to the public earlier this month when a leak allowed water into areas of the ship that still held oil from its time in active duty. The museum reopened Saturday, only to close again Monday when staff discovered more leaks.

CALIFORNIA

Teacher, four students arrested in hazing case

FONTANA — Police said Monday they have arrested a teacher and four students as they investigate allegations of brutal hazing at a summer school in Southern California.

Three boys were attacked in separate incidents in the classroom of masonry teacher Emmanuel Delarosa at A.B. Miller High School, Fontana police Sgt. Robert Morris said. One 18-year-old student, Fernando Salgado, is being investigated for child cruelty, assault with intent to commit mayhem or rape, and attempted sodomy.

Mr. Delarosa, 27, may have directed the students to carry out one of the assaults, Sgt. Morris said.

PENNSYLVANIA

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