By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Police released 911 dispatch tapes Monday that reveal how residents in a Germantown neighborhood tried to draw attention to a bizarre scene where police say two toddlers were killed by their mother and another woman in an exorcism last week. "The mother came out, she reported that she had something going on and she didn't want her baby to be in danger in the house," a man who had called 911 at 10:14 p.m. on Thursday told a dispatcher. The man could be heard talking to two women he said were attacking him as he reported the incident.
Tionah Lee and For The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
Was it all about the creative non-fiction or all of the secrets that Ali's mysterious journal kept from the girls … and A?   After the girls confront Hanna about keeping the journal a secret since Ravenswood, they decide it's time for them to take turns and see what Ali had to share about them. Emily is the first. While reading the journal at home, Emily falls asleep and wakes up to Ali asking her to meet her at the kissing rock. A confused Emily can't tell if she is dreaming or if Ali is visiting her in real life, but still finds time to confront her about all of the things she said about her in the journal -- oh yeah, and about how she failed to share with her that she was never dead.
By Luke Lavoie, | January 2, 2014
The daughter of a Glen Burnie couple was the first baby born in Howard County in 2014, according to a Howard County General Hospital spokeswoman. Lydia Strube Ammann was born at 12:25 a.m. on Jan. 1 to parents Jason and Emily Ammann. Lydia, the couple's first child, weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. According to the hospital, Lydia is following in her father Jason's footsteps as he was the first baby born at Doctor's Hospital in Prince George's County in 1980.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2014
The Baltimore region's likely first baby of the year is a girl born seven minutes after midnight Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson. The hospital said Brooklyn Jane Branton, daughter of Hanover residents David and Dolly Branton, weighs five pounds, 13 ounces. She arrived nearly a month early, but both she and her mother are doing well, GBMC said. "I'm so excited," Dolly Branton said in a statement. "I never thought that Brooklyn would be born on New Year's Day. God knows what he is doing.
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
A Hagerstown woman was charged with child neglect early Tuesday morning after Anne Arundel County police said her two-month-old baby was left with a hotel desk clerk in Linthicum. Police were called to the Microtel on Winterson Road in Linthicum at 12:16 a.m. after a woman left the baby with the clerk and departed from the hotel with a man. The woman was renting a room and staying with the mother of the child. Police tracked down both the mother and the woman who rented the room.
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
The National Zoo's adorable baby giant panda cub got a really appropriate name today. The 100-day-old female cub was dubbed "Bao Bao," which means "precious" or "treasure" in Mandarin Chinese. Bao Bao is the second surviving panda cub to be born in the U.S. since China gave two pandas to the National Zoo as a state gift in 1972 after a visit by President Richard Nixon and his wife. More than 123,000 votes were cast in an online contest to choose the panda's name. The other names, Ling Hua (ling-HWA)
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 21, 2013
Two Harford County 911 dispatchers recently helped an Abingdon woman and her husband deliver their baby girl over the phone. Aubree Mae Kulaga was born at 7:59 a.m. on Nov. 7 to Emily and Matt Kulaga of the 400 block of Oakton Way, thanks to the help of Christina Abrams and Amanda Dolehanty of the Department of Emergency Services. Matt Kulaga had called 911 to report his wife was in labor and he did not think they could make it to the hospital in time. The call was answered by Abrams, Public Safety Dispatcher III, and Dolehanty, a Probationary Public Safety Dispatcher in training.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
Dr. Joseph S. Ardinger, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered more than 4,000 babies in nearly 50 years of medical practice, died Monday of complications from pneumonia Monday at Howard County General Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 92. Born in Baltimore, he was raised by a single mother and his German-immigrant grandparents. Family members said he was influenced by a fortuneteller's prediction offered at a Hippodrome Theatre stage show in the 1930s. "She told my father, who was 12, that he would grow up to be a surgeon," said his son, Douglas W. Ardinger of Ellicott City.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2013
A two-month old Hagerstown girl died after her mother passed out while breastfeeding her early Saturday, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The baby was found unresponsive under her mother, Yadina Indira Morales, 22, who was "highly intoxicated," according to the sheriff's office. Morales was charged with manslaughter, second degree child abuse, reckless endangerment and other lesser charges, according to the sheriff's office. Sheriff's deputies were called to the home in the 11200 block of Scarlet Oak Drive in Hagerstown just before 7 a.m., the sheriff's office said.
By Abigail Green, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
It's never too early to introduce baby to classical music. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's monthly Music Box Series is for children age 6 months to 3 years. Each 30-minute concert is interactive and engaging, and focused on a certain theme - this month's is “Arctic Animals.” Tickets, $10; book online at or call the box office at 410-783-8000. Sat. Nov. 9, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
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