Abducted infant found in trash bin after parents killed

Detectives trying to determine who abducted a 3-week-old infant after shooting her parents and uncle at a Southern California home have few clues and are asking for the public’s help, officials said Monday.

The baby girl was found dead Sunday in a trash bin in Imperial Beach, about 120 miles south of Long Beach, where her relatives were shot the day before. The city borders Mexico, raising the possibility the assailant crossed or hoped to cross the border.

Long Beach detectives say they believe the family was targeted for some reason but do not yet know the motive.


Mayor calls back turning hurtful to slain cop’s family

It was “disrespectful” for some New York Police Department officers to turn their backs to him during a pair of funerals for slain police officers, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday at a news conference with his police commissioner.

The act of protest were hurtful to the families of the two cops killed in an ambush last month, de Blasio said in his first public remarks on the officers’ protests.

“Those individuals who took certain actions the last two weeks, they were disrespectful to the families involved,” de Blasio said at the news conference, held at police headquarters. “I can’t understand why anyone would do such a thing in the context like that.”

Mourners line the block to say goodbye to elder Cuomo

Hundreds of mourners waited outside a funeral home Monday in a line that stretched more than a block to pay respects to former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who died just hours after his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was sworn to his second term.

Vice President Joe Biden arrived in a motorcade late Monday afternoon. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, actor Alan Alda and former state Comptroller Carl McCall were also among the prominent arrivals at the wake. Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Reptile store owner uses lizard to hit employees

The owner of a Deerfield Beach, Fla., reptile store used a large lizard to hit employees in his store, deputies said.

Benjamin Siegel, 40, of Coconut Creek, was taken into custody Jan. 2, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Siegel is accused of placing the lizard in his mouth, as well as swinging it in the air, and using it to strike the victims.

Siegel faces one count of cruelty to animals and two counts of battery, records show.

—From news service reports

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