Brekky Wrap: 9-Year-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder After 5-Year-Old Sister Stabbed
All the news you need to know this Thursday morning.
A nine-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his five-year-old sister with a kitchen knife on Monday, according to the Ocala Police Department in Florida.
During his court hearing the judge reportedly ordered that the young boy to undergo psychiatric evaluation. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 5.
CBS reports that the children's mother told detectives she had left their apartment briefly to pick up the mail and collect some sweets for the children from a neighbour. When she returned, she found her nine-year-old son stabbing his sister in a bedroom, detectives said.
It is understood that he wanted her to die and had thought about killing her two days prior.
The girl was airlifted to hospital for treatment.
Firefighters have been using a break in the weather to backburn a dangerous bushfire in the ACT before conditions deteriorate futher.
ACT Emergency Services Commissioner Georgeina Whelan said it is hoped backburning operations would slow the spread of the 10,000-hectare Orroral Valley fire.
Smoke from the blaze, south of Canberra, is expected to linger over the capital on Thursday morning.
Authorities have warned it is the most serious blaze the capital has faced since the deadly 2003 bushfires, which destroyed almost 500 homes and led to four deaths.
Meanwhile, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria are bracing for a day of severe fire danger.
Temperatures in Melbourne and Victoria's north will climb up to 40 degrees on Thursday and Friday, worsening fire danger conditions after a week of respite on the bushfire front.
And severe bushfire conditions have been declared for six South Australian Districts as authorities brace for day of soaring temperatures and rising winds.
Meanwhile, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announcement an independent expert inquiry into the bushfire season in a bid to better prepare the state ahead of the next bushfire season.
The six-month inquiry will review the causes of, preparation for and response to the 2019-20 bushfires.
One in 10 Australians accessed Medicare-subsidised mental health services in 2018-19, new figures show.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data released on Thursday also revealed national spending on mental health services will soon reach $10 billion a year.
State, territory and federal governments spent $9.9 billion on mental health services in 2017-18.
An average of $400 per person was spent on these services in 2017-18, up from $382 in 2013-14.
While the number of people using Medicare-subsidised services has doubled over the decade, from 5.7 percent in 2008-09 to 10.6 percent in 2018-19.
The data also indicates 17.1 percent of Australians received mental health-related prescriptions, with the majority of those antidepressants.
One resident in the Sydney suburb of Glenhaven is fed up with a mystery man who has been dumping human faeces on a road right near a childcare centre for about six months.
He generally strikes during the night, once or twice a week, and now residents have urged The Hills Shire Council to install cameras in a bid to catch him in the act, The Daily Telegraph reports.
A local man, who chose to remain anonymous, told News Corp that “the usual modus operandi of the offender is to use a stretch of Glenhaven Rd within metres of a childcare centre as a late-night pop up public toilet.
“Most incidents happen very early Saturday or Sunday morning although uncharacteristically there were multiple drops made over the recent Christmas and New Year period," he added.
A spokesperson for the council said officers were investigating the complaint.
The UK will leave the European Union an hour before midnight on Friday, casting off into an uncertain Brexit future.
The European Parliament gave its final approval to Britain’s divorce deal from the bloc with The Chamber breaking out into song -- Auld Lang Syne, a traditional Scottish tune to bid farewell, after voting 621 for and 49 against the Brexit deal.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given little clue to what the future holds, promising only to restore confidence for people and businesses.
“We’ll be out of the EU, free to chart our own course as a sovereign nation,” Johnson said.
But the June 2016 Brexit referendum showed a nation divided about more than Europe and triggered soul-searching about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and modern Britishness.
Influencers in Asia have been slammed for using the deadly coronavirus to fish for likes on Instagram.
Many have been posting images of themselves sporting face masks as fashion statements while warning followers to "take care".
While many have tried to promote public safety, most have come under scrutiny for using the killer flu to gather social media attention, Perth Now reports.
More than 100 people have died and at least 4,500 have been infected with the deadly disease, with at least seven people diagnosed with the virus in Australia.
Tennis sensation Alexander Zverev has reiterated his pledge to donate his entire Australian Open pay packet to the ongoing bushfire crisis if he wins the slam.
The world number seven would take home $4.12m if he is successful and has promised Aussies he is still eager to donate every cent.
He first made this pledge more than five games ago, but following his quarterfinal victory over Stan Wawrinka, Zverev, 22, doubled down on his promise when questioned by John McEnroe.
"Easy to say in the first round right?" joked Zverev.
"Yes. It is still true. I hope I can make it happen. I made the people of Australia a promise. I will keep that promise if it happens.
"I always said, I'm not a money-driven person. My parents always taught me, with money you should achieve things that help others and help people who actually need money."