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5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The girl, who was attacked by at least one or more dogs has been stabilized, after being taken to the hospital in critical condition on Wednesday evening in Charles County, Md., officials said Thursday morning. 

The incident took place at a home in the 8600 block of Billingsley Road in Bennsville, MD.  The child, who was said to be in critical condition, was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC.

The girl was supposed to be under the supervision of her mother's boyfriend at the time of the attack.  The boyfriend lost sight of her and later found her laying face down in the backyard where she had already been attacked, according to officials. 

Charles County Animal Control has taken three dogs into custody.  A pit bull, a bulldog, and a cane corso are the breeds suspected to be involved in the attack. 

DC Groper Deported To Nicaragua

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The "DC Groper" was deported to Nicaragua on Wednesday, after being convicted of sexually assaulting women in the DuPont Circle area, officials said. 

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) / Removal Operations (ERO) said in a press release that 31-year-old Oscar Mauricio Cornejo was living in the U.S. illegally and was handed over to ICE after his criminal sentence. 

In the summer of 2012, Cornejo sexually assaulted several young women as he rode his bicycle and aggressively groped and fondled the victims, the press release said. 

Following his arrest by DC Police, Cornejo received a 180-day prison sentence with all but 90 days suspended. He admitted to the sexual assault of four women during the court case and was charged with misdemeanor sex abuse.

Help shrinks as poverty spikes in the US

BALTIMORE (AP) - Antonio Hammond is the $18,000 man.

He's a success story for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, one of a multitude of organizations trying to haul people out of poverty in this Maryland port city where one of four residents is considered poor by U.S. government standards.

Hammond says he ended up in Baltimore three years ago, addicted to crack cocaine and snorting heroin, living in abandoned buildings where "the rats were fierce," and financing his addiction by breaking into cars and stealing copper pipes out of crumbing structures. Eighteen months after finding his way to Catholic Charities via a rehabilitation center, the 49-year-old Philadelphia native is back in the work force, clean of drugs, earning $13 an hour cleaning laboratories for the Biotech Institute of Maryland and paying taxes.

Sharpshooters kill 20 deer in Rock Creek Park

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Park Service says sharpshooters have killed 20 deer in Washington's Rock Creek Park, reducing the deer population in the park by roughly 10 percent.

The park service is killing deer in the park in order to protect plant and animal habitat. Before last week's effort, there were roughly 200 deer in the 2.7-square-mile park - more than 70 per square mile. The goal is to reduce the population to no more than 20 per square mile.

The use of sharpshooters was delayed by a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group. A judge ruled in favor of the park service, which plans to kill more deer sometime this fall.

Venison from the deer killed last week will be donated to a local food bank or homeless shelter.

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Maine Zumba instructor pleads guilty to prostitution

(USA TODAY) -- A Maine fitness instructor pleaded guilty Friday to running a one-woman prostitution business from her Zumba studio in a small seaside town.

In plea bargain that avoids a media-saturated trial, Alexis Wright, 30, pleaded guilty to 20 misdemeanor counts, including three tax-related felonies that were reduced. Prosecutors said they would recommend a jail term of 10 months.

Wright had been charged with 106 counts, which included felony charges of theft by deception and evasion of income tax. Those charges carried penalties of up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. All of the prostitution charges were misdemeanors.

Wright was accused of conspiring with insurance agent Mark Strong Sr., 57. She kept detailed records and secretly recorded her sex acts with an estimated 150 customers. On Valentine's Day 2012, police raided her studio in Kennebunk and her home in nearby Wells.

Persons of Interest Sought In DC Nightclub Homicide

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Police need your help finding "persons of interest" in a homicide outside of a DC nightclub. 

They released a YouTube video of the people they want to question in connection to the crime. 

It's been almost a week since 24-year old Paul Tanoh was gunned down outside a DC night club.

Police say it all happened last Thursday shortly after 2 a.m., outside Balletto's night club on the corner of L and 17th street in downtown D.C., just four blocks away from the White House.

This video comes after Tanoh's father begged police and authorities for justice in an exclusive interview with WUSA9.

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