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Tuesday's news in 5 minutes.

1. An eight-year-old girl is the prime suspect over the death of a one-year-old at a daycare centre.

Police have confirmed that an eight-year-old child is a person of interest after a one-year-old boy was found dead at a home daycare centre in the US state of Michigan, WOOD TV8 reports.

Bryanna Reasonover said she found her one-year-old baby Korey Brown dead when she went to pick him up from a home day care after work on Friday morning.

On Thursday night, Reasonover had dropped off four children to be cared for while she worked an overnight shift. When she returned the next morning, she found Korey unresponsive in a playpen.

“I’m like, ‘What happened to my baby?'” she told WOOD TV8.

She said her young boy also had bite marks and bruises all over his body, and his head was swollen.

Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis said he had “never dealt with a case like this one before”. He confirmed the primary witness was a five-year-old child, a fact which made the investigation into Korey’s death difficult.

Reports suggest that one-year-old Korey had been crying and the eight-year-old “dealt with the baby crying”.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine how Korey died, with the eight-year-old person of interest taken for a mental health evaluation.

2. 14-year-old boy charged with drive-by indecent assaults of three women in Perth.

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A 14-year-old boy has been charged after three women were allegedly separately attacked by having their buttocks slapped and breasts grabbed in Perth’s south, AAP reports.

The first assault against a woman in her 40s allegedly happened on Thursday in Rockingham, with the teenager allegedly slapping her on the buttocks as he rode past her on a bicycle.

On Good Friday, a woman in her 60s was also allegedly slapped on the bottom, and later that day a woman in her 30s pushing a pram allegedly had her breast grabbed by the teenager.

The teenager has been charged with four counts of indecent assault and is due to appear in Rockingham Children’s Court on May 17.

3. A three-month-old baby was summoned to the US embassy after being labelled a ‘terrorist’.

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A three-month-old baby was summoned to the US embassy in London after a botched visa waiver form labelled him a ‘terrorist’, The Guardian reports.

Cheshire factory owner Paul Kenyon, 62, had planned to fly his family to his holiday home in Orlando, Florida, and applied for the visa waiver on behalf of his young grandson, Harvey Kenyon-Cairns.

Paul had accidentally ticked yes on a question on the form that read, “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” and only learned of the mistake when his grandson’s visa was refused.

“I couldn’t believe that they couldn’t see it was a genuine mistake and that a three-month-old baby would be no harm to anyone,” the 62-year-old told The Guardian.

What followed was a 10-hour round trip to the US embassy in London, where baby Harvey was ‘questioned’ by officials.

“Harvey was good as gold for the interview and never cried once. I thought about taking him along in an orange jumpsuit, but thought better of it,” his grandfather said.

“They didn’t appear to have a sense of humour over it at all and couldn’t see the funny side.

“He’s obviously never engaged in genocide, or espionage, but he has sabotaged quite a few nappies in his time, though I didn’t tell them that at the US embassy.”

After paying an extra AU$4900 for new flights after Harvey’s new visa didn’t arrive in time for the family’s pre-booked flights, the family was eventually allowed to go on their vacation.

4. April the giraffe has finally welcomed her baby as 1.2 million watch the live-stream of the birth.

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Almost two months after the world become obsessed with a live feed of April the giraffe in labour, she has finally welcomed a newborn son, the New York Post reports.

April, who lives at Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York, gave birth to a healthy male on Saturday, who was up and galloping around his mother’s pen within three hours of being born.

The live-stream of April’s birth was watched by more than 1.2 million viewers worldwide, with many tuning in for daily updates on April’s progress since the stream first began in February.

Giraffe’s have one of the longest gestation periods of any animal, lasting around 15 months.

The newborn calf – who is yet to be named – is April’s fourth baby. The calf’s father, Oliver, watched the birth of his first child from an adjacent pen.

Jordan Patch, the owner of Animal Adventure Park has described the baby boy as “strong” and “very independent” and said that mum April is “recovering perfectly” after the delivery.

It’s expected the newborn will stay with his mother for around six months, until he is weaned, before he is moved to another zoo.

The animal park is currently closed to the public, but the newborn calf is expected to be ready for visitors next month.

5. Two dead in horror Queensland highway crash, bringing the Easter road toll to 11.

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The deaths of two people in a three-car crash on Queensland’s Bruce Highway and of a man in a single-vehicle crash in NSW’s Northern Rivers region have taken the Easter road toll to 11, AAP reports.

A man and a woman died at the scene of the Queensland crash south of Maryborough about 6km north of Tiaro on Monday afternoon.

Police say a car was travelling northbound when it hit a second vehicle travelling southbound before colliding head-on with another southbound vehicle.

A teenage boy was airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition, and two men and a woman were taken to hospital in a serious condition.

In the NSW crash, a 51-year-old man died after the car he was driving crashed on Duranbah Road about 23km from Tweed at about 7.30pm on Monday.

Over the weekend holiday period that ended at midnight on Easter Monday NSW recorded four deaths, Victoria three and Queensland two.

In NSW, A 36-year-old man died in Tilpa, about 30km north of Cobar, just before 2pm on Saturday after he crashed his motorbike.

And an off-duty police officer was among those killed in Victoria after he was hit by a car while cycling on Good Friday.
The Northern Territory and Western Australia have both recorded one death.

A man laying on the road in Palmerston, near Darwin, was run over and killed on Thursday night, while an 18-year-old died in WA when his car hit a tree.

Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT have so far reported a fatality-free Easter weekend.

6. Tony Abbott vows to continue his commentary as MP veterans warn him to “shut up or quit”.

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Veteran Liberal MP Warren Entsch has called on Tony Abbott to shut up or quit after he again raised issues about how the Turnbull government was performing.

“He was going to step down graciously, he was going to serve in the best interests of the country but he was not going to do a running commentary, he was not going to be critical,” Mr Entsch told the ABC.

“Well it has been anything but that.”

Mr Entsch told Fairfax Media that Mr Abbott’s actions were “reinforcing all the negative aspects of his time” and seemed aimed at getting back at Malcolm Turnbull who ousted him from the prime ministership.

“If it continues like this, this will be his legacy – and he won’t be remembered fondly. He’ll just be seen as a wrecker, hellbent on destroying an individual.”

Just two months after being attacked by senior coalition figures for criticising the government’s direction, Mr Abbott re-emerged in the public spotlight on Easter Monday with a plan on reconnecting with the electorate.

He warned in an opinion piece for News Corp newspapers and later in an interview with Ray Hadley that there’s a feeling in the community that Bill Shorten would win the next election, and outlined how the coalition could stop that.

He also said he was “relieved” to see the back of NSW’s controversial Safe Schools program, calling it a “terrible, terrible program”.

He also called on the Human Rights Commission to do more to tackle radical Islamist groups.

Mr Abbott said he had every right to speak out, and would appear on Hadley’s high-rating show broadcast on 2GB in Sydney and 4BC in Brisbane every fortnight.

“As a former PM people would expect me to have something to say from time to time on important national and international issues. I certainly intend to continue.”

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