Wednesday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Baby eaten alive by rats while mother is out out partying.

Giant rats have eaten a baby alive while the mother was out partying in Johannesburg.

The 26-year-old woman returned home from a night out to find the baby girl’s remains in her bed, The Sun reports. The baby had been left home alone.

The mother has now been arrested for child neglect.

A neighbour says that she heard the baby screaming and rushed into the home.

“The baby could only have died a painful death,” the neighbour said. “The infant’s tongue, eyes and fingers had all been eaten.”

“Besides the missing body parts, the remains of her body had bites and wounds all over that were inflicted by the sharp teeth of the rats.”

The child’s twin brother, who was allegedly with the mother on her night out, is now in the custody of his father.

2. Twins hospitalised after being found unconscious in a swimming pool.


A twin boy and girl have been hospitalised after being found unconscious in a swimming pool in Sydney’s north west last night.

Emergency serviced were called to Charbel Place in Kellyville Ridge at 7.10pm last night. Paramedics treated the girl and boy, both aged 23 months, before transferring them to Westmead Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

3. 10 year old saves family from burning home.

A 10-year-old girl has saved her 63 year old grandmother from a house fire in the Victorian suburb of Coburg.

Amar Rafei has been praised for dialing triple 0 after her grandmother fell and was unable to escape the blaze.

The fire started when grandmother Ms Rafei was cooking at the kitchen stove. Her husband tried to put out the fire with water, but it only got worse. She then fell and is believed to have broken her hip.

Despite efforts from her family and a neighbour to help her evacuate the house, only emergency services were able to remove her.

“Fortunately firefighters were on the scene within two minutes and managed to pull the ceiling down and get the fire under control very quickly,” Gary Clifton from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade told Nine News.

Ms Rafei was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital.


4. German police may not have arrested the correct person behind the Berlin truck attack.

The Pakistani man who was held in police custody for allegedly committing the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market yesterday has been released due to lack of evidence.

“We’ve got the wrong man and therefore a new situation,” a police official said, according to German newspaper Die Welt. “The true perpetrator is still armed, on the loose and can do fresh damage.”

Nine News has reported that the Polish owner of the truck has said that the man found dead in the truck was his driver. It is believed that the attack might have been a hostage situation.

12 people have died as a result of the attack and many more are injured.

5. Mother of the bride identified as victim of tree-falling tragedy.


The woman who died when a eucalpytus tree fell during a wedding photoshoot in Southern California has been revealed to be the mother of the bride, CBS reports.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has revealed that the woman’s name was 61 year old Margerita Mojarro. Family members have told reporters from KABC-TV and KNBC-TV that Majarro was the mother of the bride.

The bridal party were lining up to have photographs taken in Whittier’s Penn Park when the tree, estimated to be around 60-feet tall, collapsed.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department used chainsaws to pull the tree apart and help rescue people from under its branches. Witnesses performed CPR on the injured.

The cause of the tree’s collapse is yet to be confirmed. The park has been closed for investigation.

6. Administrative error puts funding for disabled children at risk.

Students with disabilities may be at risk of missing out on significant funding after concerns have arisen about the credibility of a national audit conducted to measure number of students with special needs.

Known as the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD), the audit showed that 18 per cent of children studying in 2015 had a disability and only 7.4 per cent received funding.

Concerns have arisen due to large differences between statewide data. The study shows 20.7 per cent of students in Queensland have a disability ,17.9 per cent in NSW, 17.1 per cent of Victoria students have a disability and 11.3 per cent of students in Tasmania.


Education Minister Simon Birmingham told The Age that the study failed a “basic credibility” test.

“These results are frustrating and must be disappointing for families of children with disability,” Senator Birmingham said.

“Nonetheless, we will work with states and territories to collaboratively improve the data quality and consistency in the hope that it can better inform distribution of our record and growing funding in the New Year.”

7. Australian tourists forced to do ‘walk of shame’ following alleged theft in Indonesia.

Images have emerged of Australian tourists walking through the streets of the Gili islands wearing signs as punishment for the alleged theft of a bicycle.

The cardboard signs are hung around the necks of the man and woman in the picture.

“I am thieve [sic]. Don’t do what I did…!!!” the signs read.

This ritual is known as the ‘walk of shame’ and it is a common punishment for people found stealing in the Gili islands.

“Since there is no police enforcement on our little tropical paradise island, we have our own rules for thieves,” Karina, from the Gili Islands told the BBC. “If someone gets caught stealing, he or she has to parade around the island.”

“Later on the person will get banned from the island and is not allowed to return for a few years.”

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