Indians protest as police accuse infant of robbery
Hundreds of people protested in a remote village in eastern India after police arrived to arrest a three-month-old boy for robbery, police and witnesses said on Friday.
The infant's name was subsequently dropped from a list of people accused of robbing bus passengers last week, according to Sunit Kumar, senior police officer in the town of Muzzafarpur in the poor and lawless state of Bihar.
"We will conduct an investigation to find out how this happened in the first place," Kumar told Reuters by telephone.
Villagers were angered when a police team arrived with a list of accused, including the boy.
"How could our little Praveen be named an accused?" said Shakila Devi, the child's mother.
Kumar said the boy may have been named by the complainant "with a malicious intent".
I don't think they should sell this child short. The child's last name is Devi. Is that short for "deviant" or "devil??" I am with Mr. Kumar, being quite suspicious of this child of having a "malicious intent." This child, apparently, is totally out of control - crying all the time, demanding to be fed, not even using the toilet properly. I don't think this child is mature at all, and probably would not have a second thought of robbing a bus. I have it on good authority that this bus is also known as "The Pacifier Express."
A second story also has caught my eye:
Thieves have their cake but can't eat it
BERLIN (Reuters) - Two men broke into a supermarket depot in Germany and left with just a cake, authorities said on Tuesday.
"Sometimes people just come up with crazy ideas," said Hermann Schwichtenberg, a spokesman for police in the northern town of Itzehoe. "Now we've seen everything."
night break-in and recovered the stolen cake. A search of the men's flat uncovered no more loot.
I wonder what kind of cake it was, German chocolate? This is clearly a case of a sweet tooth gone bad. Couldn't they just steal enough money to buy the cake? Was there a baby with them? Why wasn't the baby charged? My head swims with questions.
OK, now one last interesting new criminal activity:
Judge to Rule if 'Meowing' Is Harassment
JEANNETTE, Pa. (AP) - Meow. A district judge has been asked to decide whether that word is a harmless taunt or grounds for misdemeanor harassment. Jeannette police charged a 14-year-old boy for "meowing" whenever he sees his neighbor, 78-year-old Alexandria Carasia.
The boy's family and Carasia do not get along. The boy's mother said the family got rid of their cat after Carasia complained to police that it used her flower garden as a litter box.
The boy testified Tuesday that he only meowed at the woman twice. Carasia testified, "Every time he sees me, he meows."
The boy's defense attorney, David Martin Jr., argued that the charge should be dismissed.
"This should never have been filed," Martin said. "This is not something that police should be wasting their time with or wasting the court's time."
Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis decided to wait 90 days before ruling. DeMarchis said his decision will be based on how the boy and his neighbor get along in the meantime.
This is a true sign of the degeneration of our youth. To think that a 14-year-old delinquent would Meow at an innocent 78-year-old woman just riles me up! First it is drugs, then petty theft, then vandalism, and now....Meowing?? What has the world come to??
On the other hand, maybe it is the boy's way of complementing the woman. Maybe he is saying that she is "the cat's meow." Our cat will meow when he is looking for us to pet him. Maybe this lady just needs to take the boy on her lap and scratch behind his ears. On second thought, maybe not.
So, now you have the clear picture of the impending fall of civilization as we now it. I hate to think about what will be next. Rest assured, I will be on the lookout.