Brekky Wrap: Mum Accidentally Shoots Daughter Who Arrived Home Early
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A mother has accidentally shot her teenage daughter when she arrived home from college early in Ohio, according to local reports. Renee Jones assumed her daughter Hanna, 18, was an intruder when she returned to their home in Girard.
"As I ran through the door, she was in fear for her life and shot me," Hanna reportedly said on Facebook, in a post detailing the incident that has since been taken down. "I crouched down and let out two screams."
The daughter's boyfriend called 911, saying she was bleeding "pretty bad", according to audio of the call, obtained by local outlet 21 News. A police chief also confirmed to the outlet the mother had a gun readily available and "fired a round at someone coming through the door".
Firefighters across the country’s east are continuing to battle dozens of dangerous bushfires. More than 50 fires are burning across Queensland and 11 homes have been destroyed, as crews worked overnight to keep the most dangerous blazes under control in the Gold Coast hinterland. Water bombers were used on Sunday to try and subdue a blaze in Lamington National Park, which has severely damaged the historical Binna Burra Lodge.
Meanwhile in NSW, strengthening winds have firefighters on edge as several bushfires continue to burn out of control. Crews spent the weekend fighting the intense blazes, with a watch and act alert remaining in place for Bees Nest in Armidale and at Drake, near Tenterfield. A number of properties have been damaged or destroyed.
Also in NSW, a search is expected to resume for five people feared dead after a helicopter crashed into waters off the NSW coast. The Bell UH1 helicopter dropped off the radar near Anna Bay, north of Newcastle, on Friday night. The aircraft had been on a private flight from Coffs Harbour to Bankstown, in Sydney's south west, with five people believed to be on board. Poor conditions have hampered search efforts, with police calling on anyone who may have seen the helicopter in distress to come forward.
A search will also kick off today for a bushwalker who has gone missing in northern NSW. The 43-year-old man was on a three-day hike with friends in the New England National Park when he went off alone to look for a campsite on Friday night. His friends couldn't find him the next morning, and raised the alarm on Sunday afternoon when he failed to show up at a meeting point.
In politics, welfare recipients are in the federal government’s sights when parliament sits this week, its first gathering after the long winter break. The government wants to expand cashless welfare card trials at other sites across the country, and has the backing of key Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie.
Senator Lambie has also declared she will support a bill to deregister rogue unions if construction boss John Setka does not stand down. Lambie holds a crucial swing vote as the Senate prepares to scrutinise the draft laws.
Overseas, the storm that has already devastated the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and North Carolina has brought hurricane-force winds to far eastern Canada. Dorian hit the city of Halifax on Saturday, ripping roofs off apartments and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people. There have been no reported deaths in Canada, though the storm has been blamed for at least 49 deaths along its path.
Officials in the Bahamas are warning the death toll is like to rise dramatically when the number of people missing after the hurricane becomes clear.
In sport, Australia has retained the Ashes with a 185-run victory over England at Old Trafford in the Fourth test. It's the first time in 18 years Australia has secured the urn on foreign soil.
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