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Brekky Wrap: Father 'Raped Son To Death' With Stick Because He Ate Cake, Blamed It On Wife

All the news you need to know this Friday morning.

A father has been convicted of murder after raping his six-year-old son to death using a stick before blaming his wife.

According to reports Mauricio Torres, 50, told authorities his 48-year-old wife Cathy was to blame.

Torres faced court in the US state of Arkansas over the death of Maurice ‘Isaiah’ Torres but was only found guilty during a retrial.

Maurice reportedly died from septic shock following a family camping trip in March 2015.

Image: Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Facebook.

During a previous interview, Torres claimed his son's death was an "accident".

However, the court heard Maurice was violated with a stick for eating a small piece of cake without permission.

Cathy is accused of pushing Maurice further onto the stick, worsening his injuries.

She pleaded guilty in 2016 to murder and battery charges and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the benefit of parole.

Prosecutors are said to be seeking the death penalty for Torres.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged governments around the world to pull out "all the stops" to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

It comes as the virus drained colour from India's spring festivities, closed Bethlehem's Nativity Church and blocked Italians from visiting elderly relatives in nursing homes.

As China appeared to be winning its epic costly battle against the new virus, the fight was revving up in newly affected areas of the globe, after unleashing disruptions that profoundly impacted billions of people.

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Currently, the virus has infected nearly 97,000 people and killed more than 3,300.

Grandparents are being urged not to send their grandkids junk food after new research revealed they're also pressuring them to eat when they're not hungry. 

A study of 1,000 grandparents by the Cancer Council -- alongside Curtin University -- found their eating habits have a ripple effect on their grandchildren.

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“The most common negative feeding practice we saw was grandparents controlling their grandkids’ eating, which means the children aren’t regulating their own eating,” she said.

“Some other negative habits we see are rewarding good behaviour with food, encouraging emotional eating as a remedy for sadness or anger, and pressuring kids to eat when they say they’re not hungry.”

However, she argues that it is important grandparents don't completely restrict unhealthy foods because it makes kids crave them more.

A newborn who spent her first three and a half months in hospital is one of many children the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal has helped.

Quinnie Westwood was born unable to breathe and experiencing kidney failure, and had to undergo surgery when she received a kidney from her grandfather when she was two years old.

Quinnie has become the face of the Royal Children's Hospital campaign that launched on Thursday ahead of the 89th annual charity event.

Volunteers takes donations at the Good Friday Royal Children's Hospital appeal at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

She is now six years old and despite the challenges she's faced since birth, including having to take anti-rejection medication, she makes her parents proud of how far she has come.

Many events that will help raise money for the children have been scheduled for Good Friday, including a match between North Melbourne and Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

Last year, a record $18 million was raised.

Health authorities are concerned about the coronavirus spreading to remote indigenous communities where it will be difficult to control after the Northern Territory confirmed its first case.

A remote health pandemic plan is being finalised amid concerns the virus could spread quickly in these communities, Chief Health Officer Dianne Stephens said.

The federal government has set up an indigenous advisory committee to respond to the coronavirus.

Some remote communities such as the APY lands in South Australia near the border with the NT have asked to block visitors during the outbreak.

NT health authorities are worried about the spread of coronavirus in remote communities. Image: Getty

"We are particularly concerned about the remote situation and taking active measures to mitigate the risk," Prof Stephens said.

"Our indigenous population has a higher health chronic disease burden. People who are elderly or do have a chronic disease are more at risk.

"So that's why we are particularly concerned about our remote communities."

She added that overcrowded housing in remote communities makes it easier for the virus to spread.

Twitter has revealed it's testing a new type of content that disappears after 24 hours, similar to the stories feature on Instagram and first popularised by SnapChat.

Twitter spokeswoman Lauren Alexander said this ephemeral content would also be subject to the company’s conduct rules.

The Tweets will be called “fleets” because of their fleeting nature and are designed to allay the concerns of new users who might be turned off by the public and permanent nature of normal tweets.

Fleets can’t be retweeted and they won’t have “likes.”

People can respond to them, but the replies show up as direct messages to the original tweeter, not as a public response.

Israel Folau's Catalans Dragons have invited a local LGBT group to their Super League match against Salford on Saturday as a show of goodwill.

The French club were accused of preventing rainbow flags being flown at their last match by Castleford fans who wanted to demonstrate their support for gay issues in the light of the controversial signing of Folau.

The Catalans argued they do not agree with Folau's views and insist flags are welcome at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Now the Dragons have invited the Perpignan branch of the national LGBT Association to the match which will have an information stand at Saturday's game against the Red Devils.

And you're all caught up with 10 daily.

With AAP.

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