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    Mother, daughter killed in crash; 2 girls injured

    Compiled from Times wires
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published February 3, 2003

    TITUSVILLE -- A 37-year-old woman and her 4-month-old daughter died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday at the entrance of a Wal-Mart. The infant's twin and older sister were injured.

    Lisa Thornberry, of Cocoa, and her daughter Jessalyn were pronounced dead at the scene. Kaitlynn, 12, was listed in critical condition, and Jenae, 4 months, was in fair condition at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando.

    The Thornberrys were riding in a Pontiac Bonneville when the driver, Kristine Cicar, turned left into the entrance of the Wal-Mart in front of an oncoming Ford Explorer, police spokesman Todd Hutchinson said.

    Cicar, who suffered a cut on the head, said she did not see the Explorer.

    The driver of the Explorer, Robert Clark Jr., 41, of Orlando, wasn't injured.

    Son seemed ill, not beaten, neglect defendant says

    SHARPES -- The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was fatally beaten told a judge that she was unaware that the child was seriously injured and instead believed that the child was simply ill.

    Myriam Joseph, 21, cried before Brevard County Judge David Dugan on Saturday, insisting that she did everything to help her son, Kevin Fulmore Jr., before he died on Jan. 19. She is scheduled to appear in court again on Feb. 28.

    Joseph faces charges of manslaughter by neglect and neglect of a child. Her bail was reduced from $15,000 to $5,000 by Dugan, but she remained at the Brevard Detention Center on Sunday.

    Investigators said they think Joseph knew her son was injured and question why she did not seek medical attention for nine hours. An autopsy indicated that the child died after his bowel was ruptured by several sharp blows to the abdomen.

    Joseph's boyfriend, James Robinson, 24, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. He was arrested Jan. 22 in Landover, Md., where he remains, awaiting extradition to Florida.

    Couple sue McDonald's over teeth-breaking bagel

    PANAMA CITY BEACH -- A couple is suing a McDonald's franchisee, claiming an improperly prepared bagel damaged the husband's teeth and their marriage.

    John and Cecelia O'Hare filed suit Friday for unspecified damages of more than $15,000. They allege that the McDonald's, owned by Johnstone Foods Inc., was negligent and violated an "implied warranty that the food sold was reasonably fit for human consumption."

    The suit alleges that John O'Hare broke teeth and bridgework on Feb. 1, 2002, when he bit into the bagel. It does not say what exactly was wrong with the bagel.

    The suit also alleges the wife "lost the care, comfort, consortium and society of her husband."

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