Monday, January 9, 2012

Dad was so drunk he lost baby on the way home


A DRUNK father left his baby girl alone in the street during the early hours of the morning as his fiancée was on her hen night.

Groom-to-be Christopher Dixon was supposed to be caring for his 17-month-old daughter as his partner celebrated with her friends.

​But instead he got drunk on 12 bottles of lager and left the child in her pram in the street on his way home.

The little girl was left in Southcoates Lane, east Hull, England for up to three hours, until a teenager found her and the police were contacted.

Speaking to the Mail after appearing at Hull Crown Court on child cruelty charges, Dixon said: "I'm sorry. It was a moment of madness."

Dixon, who works full-time at BP, claimed he had fallen over as he drunkenly walked home after spending the evening with friends.

When he woke up at home in Sutton, east Hull, the next morning, he believed he had left his daughter at his friend's house.

It was not until Dixon, 34, went to collect her nine hours later he realised the horrifying truth.

Panicked, he ran to a nearby police station and found a PCSO.

He told the officer: "Will you take me to my daughter?

"For God's sake, please don't tell my girlfriend."

Dixon had been working seven days a week as a scaffolder to pay for the couple's planned wedding in Cuba, but had lost his job the day before.

The wedding was cancelled after he lost their baby. His partner made the trip with a relative instead.

The court heard on the night he lost the child, Dixon's fiancée texted him to say he should leave her at the friend's house if he was drunk.

The text read: "Don't walk back with her."

She also offered to pick him up and texted the friend, saying: "Tell him not to walk home with her in that state because he cannot even speak. If OK with you she is best over there."

However, the friend did not get the message until the following day.

Dixon, of Langsett Road, Sutton, held his head in his hands and wept in the dock as he pleaded guilty to child cruelty.

The Honorary Recorder of Hull and the East Riding, Judge Michael Mettyear, told Dixon: "This was absolutely disgraceful conduct.

"It is almost unbelievable a person could be so irresponsible. You drank so much you forgot you had this child with you. It is absolutely shocking.

"I'm quite satisfied that in normal circumstances you are a loving father of this child and I hope that now you are sober you are shocked by this behaviour, as other people will be.

"There could have been terrible consequences by what might have happened if a thoroughly decent man had not happened upon her and taken her to safety. If it had been somebody else, goodness knows what might have happened."

The judge added: "There's no criticism of the mother. She has been perfectly sensible."

Dixon, who has no previous convictions, was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £1,500 in fines and costs.

His barrister, Stephen Brown, said: "He is distraught. It was a moment of total madness. He had lost his job as a scaffolder the day before the incident.

"He would do anything to get his family life on track. They intend to get married and are planning a wedding in the future."

The couple are still together and are planning to get married in the future.

They have been forced to live apart until the conclusion of the court case.

The little girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been placed on a child protection plan by social services and the family are being monitored.

Despite the conclusion of the court case, Hull City Council's social services department will not let Dixon move back into his family home until a care meeting has been held.

As previously reported by the Mail, when the baby was found by Joel Redhead he had initially mistaken her for a doll, dressed in pink, until he saw she was awake.

After checking the parents were nowhere to be seen, Joel, 18, pushed the pram to a friend's house just yards away from where the baby had been left.

His friend's mother answered the door. She checked the baby but left her in the pram until police and paramedics arrived.

Joel said: "It's something I'm not going to forget.

"I was so shocked. It's all a bit of a blur. People still ask me about it now.

"I never thought something like that would happen to me.

"I'm glad the baby has been able to go back to its mum."

Couple marry for the second time...after husband has a sex change


Like a lot of couples, Barry and Anne Watson wanted to renew their ­marriage vows.

But when they went ahead nine years after their ­wedding, there was a big difference... this time Barry was a ­woman called Jayne.

And Anne was only too happy to go ahead with the ceremony to show how much she loved her new wife.

“At first Anne was furious when I told her I wanted a sex change,” says Barry, 43, a former bus driver who changed his name to Jayne by deed poll.

“Our marriage had been going through problems and she thought I’d been cheating on her with another woman. But I just wanted to be one.

“Anne came to ­accept me for who I wanted to be and love me as Jayne. ­Renewing our vows seemed the perfect way to tell the world how ­happy we are with our new lives.”

Anne, 53, adds: “I grieved for the loss of Barry, but there were sides to Jayne I enjoyed getting to know. Now we sit and giggle and talk about hair, clothes and make-up.

“To me our second wedding was more special than our first as I knew Jayne was finally ­comfortable with who she was.”

Even as a young boy Jayne realised he was not like other boys. “At school it seemed more normal to play hopscotch with the girls rather than football with the boys,” says Jayne. “I started dressing in my mother’s skirts and dresses when she was out. Putting my own clothes back on felt like going back to a prison.

“When I was older I’d buy women’s clothes and drive to areas where no one knew me to wander the streets in a frock and high heels.”

Desperate to fit in, Jayne tried dating women and in 1995 met Anne through a ­lonely hearts column. “We hit it off straight away and despite my identity crisis, I was totally attracted to Anne”, says Jayne.

And Anne, who’d gone through a messy divorce, was bowled over by her lover’s boyish good looks. “Jayne was so sweet. ­Everyone said he was my toyboy. I didn’t care, we were in love.”

After dating for six months, they moved in to a house together in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Then in 2002 they married. “Neither of us could stop smiling,” says Jayne. “I wore my best suit and Anne wore a lovely dress.”

But Jayne was still ­struggling with who she was. “When Anne left the house I’d dress in a skirt and pearls And on internet chat forums I’d pose as a girl.”

Anne also sensed something was wrong and in 2008, Jayne ­confessed all.

“It was hard,” says Jayne. “Telling the woman I loved that I too wanted to be a woman is not easy. ”

Finally after a lot of soul-searching Anne decided to support her husband. “I couldn’t accept it to begin with,” says Anne. “The first time I saw Jayne wearing a dress I started hacking at it with scissors. But slowly I realised that even though my husband wanted to become female, my feelings had not changed.”

Jayne started dressing as a woman then started on a course of female hormones to soften her skin and reduce her body hair.

And last year the couple re-affirmed their vows.

“This time we went dress shopping together,” says Anne. “We were very careful to make sure we didn’t clash. We both had a bouquet, although I made sure mine was a bit bigger.”

Anne adds: “I still love the same person whether they’re called Barry or Jayne... even though she does drive me mad when she steals my clothes without asking me!”

And Jayne thinks she’s the ­luckiest woman alive to have such a caring and loving wife in Anne. “People might think I’m weird or a freak. But all that matters to me is that my wife loves me.”

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JOKE: One fine, sunny day, a rabbit sat outside his burrow

One fine, sunny day, a rabbit sat outside his burrow, typing on his laptop. Along came a fox, out for a walk.

"What are you working on, Rabbit?" asked the fox.

"My masters thesis," said the rabbit.

"Hmm. What's it about?" asked the fox.

"It's about how rabbits eat foxes," replied the rabbit.

"That's ridiculous!" exclaimed the fox. "Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat foxes."

"Sure they do," said the rabbit. "And I can prove it! Come into my burrow."

They disappeared inside and after a few minutes, the rabbit emerged alone, returned to his laptop, and resumed typing.

Soon, a wolf came along. "What are you working on, Rabbit?"

"My thesis," the rabbit replied.

"Hmm. What's it about?" asked the wolf.

"It's about how rabbits eat wolves," said the rabbit.

"That's ridiculous!" exclaimed the wolf. "Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat wolves."

"Sure they do," said the rabbit calmly. "And I can prove it! Come into my burrow."

They disappeared inside and after a few minutes, the rabbit emerged alone, returned to his laptop, and resumed typing.

Meanwhile, inside the rabbit's burrow there was a pile of fox bones and a pile of wolf bones -- and a lion picking his teeth.

The Moral: It doesn't matter what you choose for a thesis subject. It doesn't matter what you use for data. What matters is who you have for a thesis advisor!

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VIDEO: Kayak Fisherman Rescues Dog That Swam Out To Sea After Accident and Then it Got Crazier

A man was kayak fishing in Florida on a nice sunny day when he noticed some splashing behind him. It was a dog, which was very odd being how far from shore they were. Luckily, he was there and was able to bring the pup back to land to recuperate. He believes that the dog Barney ran from his owner when they were hit by a drunk driver while out for a walk.

And the reason the dog was alone and swimming offshore:

53-year-old woman killed in Sarasota DUI crash, according to FHP

SARASOTA, Fla. - A 53-year-old Sarasota woman was hit and killed by a drunk driver, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers.

It happened Saturday afternoon when troopers say Blake C. Talman, 22, was fleeing from another crash scene.

Talman reportedly lost control of his Nissan Altima on State Road 758 north of Glebe Lane when troopers say he struck Donna L. Chen as she was walking her dog on a sidewalk.
According to authorities, the dog was also hit, and it ran away from the scene.

After the collision, Talman's vehicle also hit landscaping, a street sign, and several wooden poles at the entrance of St. Michael's Archangel Catholic Church.

Meantime, a second vehicle had stopped to avoid Talman's vehicle, but that didn't stop the two cars from coming into contact.

That second driver, an 18-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries.

According to FHP reports, Talman's vehicle also hit a telephone pole before coming to a stop.

Both Talman and his passenger, a 24-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Investigators say Talman, of Bradenton, faces charges including DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage and personal injury.
Sunday morning, the hospital reported that Talman and the passenger had been discharged.
Talman is currently booked into the Sarasota County Jail.
During his first appearance before a judge, Talman's total bond was set at $100,000. Talman appeared to be very upset, and his attorney revealed that Talman is an expectant father.
A footnote: The dog Donna Chen was walking ran off after the crash and jumped into the Gulf of Mexico and swam up to a kayaker far from shore. The kayak was equipped with a video camera which captured the moment. The dog was rescued and is okay. The video was posted on YouTube where is was prominently featured on Monday.


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