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Charges upgraded in death of St. Charles infant

Monday, 29 April 2013 17:55 Published in Local News

 ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A St. Charles man charged in the death of a 4-month-old girl now faces additional charges, including first-degree murder and forcible sodomy.

 

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that 24-year-old Jordan Lafayette Prince is also charged with child abuse in the baby's December 2012 death. He was originally charged with second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

   Court records show that the cause of death was asphyxiation, but the child also suffered serious injuries related to sodomy, which caused internal bleeding.

 

   Prince told police he became frustrated with the baby because she wouldn't stop crying. He's been jailed on 150,000, cash bail.

 

   A lawyer representing Prince didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

 

Name the new baby elephant at the STL Zoo

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:33 Published in Around Town

   There's a brand new baby in town and she needs a name!  The St. Louis Zoo welcomed the bouncing 251 pound female elephant Friday night.  

   42 year-old Ellie, an Asian elephant, gave birth to a baby girl around 11 p.m.  Raja, who fathered the calf, was the first elephant ever born at the St. Louis Zoo 20 years ago. 

    Starting today, you can cast your vote in the Saint Louis Zoo’s Name the Baby poll. The Zoo’s elephant care team was asked to select a few potential female names for the elephant. From now through midnight, Sunday, May 5, 2013, you can vote for your favorite name online.

      The Zoo’s elephant care team was asked to select a few potential female names for the elephant. From now through midnight, Sunday, May 5, 2013, you can vote for your favorite name:

Cai (Pronounced “Ki”, rhymes with “Hi”) – means feminine

Violet

Willow

Harper

Priya (Pronounced “Pree-yah”) – means dear, beloved

     Visit www.stlzoo.org, www.facebook.com/stlzoo, www.twitter.com/stlzoo and www.pinterest.com/stlzoo. You may also vote in person at both Zoo Welcome Desks or by mailing a “Vote for the Baby Elephant Name” postcard with your name, address and your desired elephant name to Name the Baby Elephant, Saint Louis Zoo, #1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110. 

     The winning name will be announced on Monday, May 6, 2013.

    The zoo's curator of mammals says both Ellie and baby are doing fine.  

 

Grab your friends and family for lunch, dinner or happy hour and help raise money and awareness in the first "Dine for Relief" in support of the fight against Scleroderma.  

Scleroderma comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin.  Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder which means the body's tissues are attacked by its own immune system.  Scleroderma is an overproduction of collagen that can result in thickening or tightening of skin and scarring of internal organs. 

Participating restaurants will donate a percentage of the check to The Relief Foundation started by St. Louis Scleroderma patient, Kelly Ellison.

In order for The Relief Foundation to benefit, you must take a restaurant-specific flyer with you when you dine. Go to www.relief-foundation.org

Participating restaurants are:

Monday, April 29 

California Pizza Kitchen

Cicero's

TGIF's

 

 Tuesday, April 30

Black Finn

 

Thursday, May 2

54th Street Grill

 

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