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2013-03-29T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
March 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

New Jersey

Powerball winner owes $29,000 in child support

PATERSON - The New Jersey man who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot owes about $29,000 in child support.

Forty-four-year-old Pedro Quezada on Tuesday claimed a lump-sum payment worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes.

A spokesman for Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik said the sheriff's office's warrant squad is attempting to find Quezada to resolve the matter.

The unpaid child support payments go back to 2009.

Boy found with dead mom is released from hospital

UNION - An emaciated child found inside an apartment where his mother had been dead for days was released from a hospital Thursday and placed in foster care.

The 4-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, was discovered malnourished and naked in an overheated apartment Tuesday. Maintenance workers had reported a foul odor at the apartment in Union Township in northern New Jersey.

Police forced the front door open and found the child weak but alert and alive. They discovered the body of the child's mother in a back bedroom. Police believe she may have been dead for several days.

Autopsy results for the mother, identified as 38-year-old Kiana Workman of Brooklyn, N.Y., hadn't been released as of Thursday evening. Union Township Police Director Daniel Zieser said foul play was not suspected, and the woman had underlying medical conditions, which he declined to specify.

Oklahoma

HIV test urged for 7,000 at-risk dental patients

TULSA - Health officials on Thursday urged 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing, saying unsanitary conditions behind his office's spiffy facade made him a "menace to the public health."

State and county health inspectors went to Dr. W. Scott Harrington's practice after a patient with no known risk factors tested positive for both hepatitis C and the virus that causes AIDS. They found employees using dirty equipment, reusing drug vials and administering drugs without a license.

Harrington voluntarily gave up his license and closed his offices in Tulsa and suburban Owasso and is cooperating with investigators, said Kaitlin Snider, a spokeswoman for the Tulsa Health Department.

Georgia

Toddler mauled to death by seven family dogs

ELLABELL - A toddler who slipped outside through a doggy door was mauled to death by her family's seven dogs in the backyard while the attack went unnoticed by the child's mother and other relatives inside their home, a Georgia sheriff said Thursday.

Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith said the child's grandmother told investigators she heard the pit bulls and pit bull mixes barking, and she looked outside her window to see them dragging the girl.

Monica Renee Laminack, who would have turned 2 on June 1, was dead by the time an ambulance arrived Wednesday evening. Animal control officers used drugs to euthanize the dogs at the home on a rural road in tiny Ellabell, about 30 miles west of Savannah.

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