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Sanford baby suffers severe burns in fire pit accident


SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A newborn was critically burned Wednesday night in what the State Fire Marshal's Office is calling a "freak incident."

The 14-day-old baby, the father, 43-year-old Dirk Jelsing, and 2-year-old sibling were laying on a couch next to an outdoor fire pit. Around 10:30 p.m., sparks ignited Jelsing's coat and the infant suffered serious burns, said investigators.

The infant, Cullum Jelsing, received second and third degree burns from the fire. Medical officials initially took him to Goodall Hospital in Sanford, but he was later taken to Shriner's Hospital in Boston. The father and the 2-year-old both had minor burns.

The twins allegedly abused by their father in Sanford are healing well.


SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The twins who were allegedly abused by their father are healing and improving, according to their mother.

Detectives from the Sanford Police Department began an investigation involving two infant twins on May 5. They were brought to Southern Maine Health Care Emergency Department with serious injuries due to inflicted head trauma. The infants were transported to Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, one with serious injuries and the other with critical injuries.

According to the twins' mother, one of the infants was brought to an optometrist this week and it was determined that the baby is not blind. The other infant is recovering well.

The twins turned two months old Sunday.

Sanford man arrested for assaulting twin infants


SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Sanford Police Department Criminal Investigative Division arrested 21-year-old Anthony Carpinelli of Bates Street for Aggravated Assault on May 5.

Detectives from the Sanford Police Department began an investigation involving two infant twins that had been brought to Southern Maine Health Care Emergency Department with serious injuries due to inflicted head trauma. The infants were transported to Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, one with serious injuries and the other with critical injuries.

The twins have since been released from the hospital.

The investigation revealed Mr. Carpinelli, the biological father of the twins, was the caretaker of the infants when their injuries were sustained and were inflicted intentionally.

Sanford woman's cancer story inspires


SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Breast cancer impacts thousands of Mainers - but not every patient receives recognition from the Maine Legislature, the American Cancer Society, and thousands in the community.

Jody Vlodek Berren, 39, of Sanford, lost her seven year battle to breast cancer in January.

She has been recognized posthumously for her efforts to raise money for cancer research, and for her brave spirit fighting cancer.

She is remembered as being passionate, positive, and courageous - even as her cancer spread, in her final days.

"She was just a great person," said Fred Berren, Jody's husband of 14 years. "I think that the hand she was dealt wasn't a really favorable hand in the sense that she only lived 39 years."

Veterans from Sanford are looking for the names of soldiers killed or missing in action.


SPRINGVALE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of veterans are looking for information about soldiers from the area that were killed or went missing in action while serving their country during the Vietnam War so they can honor these men and women.

"There is no list available that breaks it down by town," explained Joe Armstrong, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044. "It is important to get the names because they need to be recognized because they paid the ultimate sacrifice."

Armstrong says many of his fellow Vietnam Veterans were not given the welcome home they deserved due to the war's unpopularity.

"You may hate the war, but don't hate the warriors," he stated.

"I didn't receive a proper welcome home," he added. "There is a lot of hurt still there. I have a lot of hurt in me from what we went through."

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Hello Maine Maple Sunday

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Today is Maine Maple Sunday!

Sugar houses all over the state of Maine are opening their doors to show you the process of maple syrup starts as sap and ends up on your breakfast table.

Follow this link to the Maine Maple Producers Association to find a sugar house near you.

LINK TO MAINE MAPLE SUNDAY EVENTS

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