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tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. president trump says, "i hate it." when asked about this image drawing outrage. a father and daughter just shy of her 2nd birthday dying while trying to get to the u.s. and on this night, the first debate for the democrats, elizabeth warren goes to one of the facilities housing migrant children, saying these children are no threat. other candidates following suit. also breaking tonight, news coming in right now of a deadly shark attack, leaving an american woman dead. what we've now learned. several other major headlines. the parkland school shooting and now word tonight two more deputies fired for neglect of duty. tonight, the deputy's body camera, and you'll see it. the missing mother of five gaining attention. what her husband said in court today. robert mueller will testify
on capitol hill. and tonight, terry moran asking the president, will he try to stop mueller? the images just in tonight. the authorities on the attempted kidnapping at america's busiest airport. another pool scare. the toddler who falls in, the father who dives over the fence. the miracle baby discovered in a plastic bag. and tonight, we now hear from the deputy who found her. you will hear the audio, what he says at he cradles her. news tonight on that little girl hit by that foul ball. we now hear how she's doing. and america strong, the surprises playing out at front doors across america. they haven't been forgotten. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin tonight with that image drawing outrage. a father and his young daughter discovered dead as they were trying to get to the u.s. we warn you, again, it is disturbing. today, lawmakers pointed to this photo on capitol hill, saying this is the effect of a lack of policy on immigration, that father, his young daughter, just
shy of 2. and president trump tonight being asked what he makes of that photo. this evening, the president's response, as several democratic candidates now make this a central issue. abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman, who just got inside a texas facility that is under heavy juten leading us off. >> reporter: before this haunting image shocked a nation, valeria's little arm resting on her father's neck, their bodies, sharing a shirt, face down in the shallows, we're now learning the day before. abc news learning the father, oscar ramirez, tried to claim asylum and enter legally at a brownsville port of entry. but he was reportedly turned away. so, he then turned to the rio grande. but instead of carrying them into the u.s., the river's currents carried them off. valeria was just of shy of her 2nd birthday. her grandmother, clutching thisr favorite doll. today, president trump was asked what he made of that photo. >> i hate it. and i know it could stop
immediately in the democrats change the law. they have to change the laws. the democrats refuse to change the loopholes. they refused to change the asylum. in one hour, we could have it done. they want to have open borders and open borders mean crime. and open borders mean people drowning in the rivers. and it's a very dangerous thing. >> reporter: but democrats say it's the president's fault. >> the president's actions at the border are a whirlwind of incompetence leading to pictures like this. >> reporter: the issue front and center in the race for 2020. elizabeth warren, ahead of tonight's first democratic debate, making a trip to a children's migrant center outside of miami, describing what she saw. >> these were children who were being marched. like little soldiers. like little prisoners from one place to another. >> reporter: warren declaring this -- >> these children pose no threat. to people here in the united states of america. >> reporter: about 14,000 unaccompanied migrant children
are currently held in facilities across the country. and today, abc news was invited inside the clint border patrol station where children was allegedly left filthy and hungry. this is my fourth time going into one of these detention facilities, and each time we've been prevented from bringing cameras in to show what's really going on inside. >> matt gutman with us live tonight. matt, the president blaming democrats, the democrats saying he caused this. the house passing a spending bill. you pointed out, no cameras as you went in. what do we know from the senate and what did you see once inside? >> reporter: the senate passed its own bill today, david, and earlier today, house speaker pelosi and president trump spent about 15 minutes on the phone, trying to find a way to recog smile between the house and senate bills in a way that would satisfy everyone.having jt cef facility that was likened to a fortune facility, wt saw was basically a jail situation with open cell doors, kids on cots. there were toothbrushes, there
was soap, there was adequate food, but obviously that spending bill is meant to alleviate the massive pressure that can occur here. the capacity at this facility is about 100. at least 700 just a few weeks ago, david. >> matt gutman leading us off tonight. thank you. our mary bruce is in miami tonight, where democrats are debating for the first time. 20 of them. let's get right to mary tonight. you saw elizabeth warren on the day of this debate going to another center housing migrant children. other candidates now following suit. >> reporter: yeah, david. we did see elizabeth warren out there, shining a spotlight on the immigration debate, as she gets ready to take center stage tonight. other candidates are following her lead. amy klobuchar was out there today. over the next two days, we're going to see a steady stream of candidates dropping by, including, david, bernie sanders. >> i wanted to show everyone at home tonight just how big this democratic field is. 20 candidates facing off. and mary, it's something we haven't seen before, in fact, they've had to make sort of alternate plans from what we usually see. >> reporter: yeah, david. over two nights, ten candidates
each night, all jockeying for attention. tonight, elizabeth warren will be the one to watch. she has been rising in the polls. but tonight is also a chance for candidates like cory booker and beto o'rourke to try to breakaway from the pack. tomorrow night, all eyes will be on joe biden and bernie sanders. one other person playing close attention, the president. he says he will be watching aboard air force one on his way to japan. he says he will be watching, because he has to. david? >> the president watching tonight. mary, thank you. we are also follow egg another developing headline as we're on the air tonight. a deadly shark attack, taking the life of an american woman who was on vacation. it's believed she was killed while snorkeling in the bahamas. here's abc's gee jeon ben neez tez. >> reporter: tonight, reports out of the bahamas of a deadly shark attack just after 2:00 p.m. in the water after rose island. an american woman was reportedly attacked and killed. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: it comes amid heightened concern up and down the east coast. on the jersey shore monday, these fishermen came face-to-face with an adult great
white. here, you can clearly see its powerful teeth. three great white sightings off cape cod, th. last week, an 8-year-old boy was bitten near bald head island off north carolina. one of three attacks in just the last two weeks. >> of course, heightened concern here in the u.s. up and down the east coast. and gio, i know we're learning more details about this deadly shark attack off the bahamas, it's believed she was snorkeling? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, david. that's what authorities are saying right now. while snorkeling, that's when this attack apparently happened. we don't know if it was one or more sharks right now, but they tried to save her. they just couldn't. this invest gaigation is ongoin. >> gio, thank you. a major new headline tonight. two more sheriff's deputies have been fired for neglect of duty. the sheriff says it cost thes o and tonight here, the police body cam, and what it shows.
abc's victor oquendo is in florida tonight. >> reporter: the broward sheriff's office says deputy josh stambaugh's own body camera video, seen here, shows neglect of duty. while the shooting at marjory stoneman douglas was unfolding, he's shown putting on his bulletproof vest, then taking cover for five minutes as shots ring out. prosecutors say instead of confronting the gunman, he got back in his truck and drove to a nearby highway. tonight, deputy stambaugh is out of a job, along with deputy edward eason, who the department says ran away from the gunfire. >> it became clear to me and our command staff that this was neglect of duty. >> reporter: the 124-page internal affairs report released 17 months after 17 students and staff were murdered on valentine's day. four deputies have now been fired since the shooting, including school resource officer scot peterson. >> at this time, i will call scot peterson. >> reporter: peterson was arrested earlier this month and charged with child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury after a state investigation
found he did "absolutely nothing to mitigate" the carnage that day. >> and victor oquendo with us live tonight from marjory stoneman douglas high school. and victor, the junior for these deputies says it will fight their firing? >> reporter: that's right, david. union representatives for those fired deputies say they're going to fight their termination. peterson's attorney says that he is being made a scapegoat. david? >> victor oquendo with us again tonight. now, to the case of the missing mother of five gaining national attention. and this evening, what her estranged husband suddenly declared outside court today. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, the estranged husband of missing connecticut mom, jennifer dulos, who continues to fight for custody of the couple's five children, speaking for the first time. >> i just want to tell my children that they're constantly on my mind and that i love them and i miss them very much. >> reporter: and a shocking new theory from his attorney. >> we are actively contemplating a revenge suicide hypothesis as an explanation for her disappearance.
>> reporter: fos ffotisssssss lawyer is now claiming that jennifer, an accomplished writer, worked on a manuscript similar to the best-seller "gone girl" where a woman fakes her own death in order to frame her husband. >> this is not a woman that would ever, ever leave her children. >> reporter: the couple was locked in a bitter custody battle and divorce when jennifer disappeared may 24th. authorities say they discovered blood stains in her garage and think she was the victim of a "serious physical assault." >> where is she? >> reporter: earlier this month, fotis dulos and his live-in girlfriend, michelle troconis, were charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with jennifer's disappearance. do you know where she is? both have pleaded not guilty and are out on bail. david, the children remain in the custody of jennifer's family. fotis dulos is not allowed to contact them at this time. david? >> eva pilgrim reporting in tonight. eva, thank you. next tonight, robert mueller will testify before congress after all, and tonight, our terry moran asking president trump, will he try to stop mueller? what we've learned. terry reporting in from the white house tonight.
>> reporter: president trump, irate at the news that robert mueller will testify before congress. >> it's a disgrace. no obstruction, no collusion. now the democrats want a do-over. >> reporter: house judiciary committee chairman jerry nadler defending his decision to subpoena the special councel. >> it's very important that the american people hear from mr. mueller. >> reporter: a key issue, will mueller explain his cryptic statement about whether the president obstructed justice? >> if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. >> reporter: republicans are bracing for a fight and questioning mueller's motives. >> it looks awfully political. in his decision to make a statement last time was a smart thing to do, to just go in front of the american people and say, i've done the best i can, here's my report, i trust the american people to read it and draw their own conclusions. end of story, bye.
>> reporter: president trump has stonewalled house democrats, asserting executive privilege and blocking their subpoenas of his aides and former aides. will you try to block robert mueller from testifying? >> i don't know anything about it, i just heard. and my only response to mueller is, does it ever stop? >> reporter: later today, the president's lead lawyer tried to clarify that answer, saying there are no legal moves being made to block mueller from testifying. that's the president's lawyer, david. the president, of course, makes the final call. >> terry moran live at the white house tonight. terry, thank you. and from the pentagon tonight, news on two u.s. service members who died in afghanistan. the names are being withheld tonight until 24 hours after notification of next of kin. but the taliban is now claiming responsibility and what they say was an ambush. we move on tonight to that miracle baby millions have seen. and we're now hearing from the officer who helped save the newborn found in a plastic bag in theed woos. and the audio tonight. what he says as he cradles her in his arms.
here's abc's steve osunsami. >> oh, look how precious you are. >> reporter: the georgia sheriff's deputy seen and heard in this heartbreaking police body camera video is speaking his truth tonight. >> yeah, she's a sweetheart. she's a sweetheart. >> reporter: saying that the newborn baby he discovered abandoned in a plastic grocery bag in surburban atlanta is a living miracle. >> i wanted to give her comfort. a little bit later, i realized that it was the first time she had ever felt love and i felt honored to be able to give her that. >> reporter: it was a miracle, he says, that the family who lives nearby came home at the right time and came back outside, thinking they heard what soundedik a miracle, he says, that the thunder and lightning held off until he arrived. >> sometimes definitely not going to or the get, being able to be the first person to show love and compassion. >> reporter: police are sharing this current picture of baby india, as they're calling her. she's caucasian. they believe she was born june 6th, the night she was found, and are still sir ching for the
child's parents. >> reporter: authorities say the child is healthy and in state care tonight. david? >> steve, thank you. now, to the major headline tonight about the usc sex assault scandal. hundreds of patients accusing the school's former gynecologist of sexual assault between 2009 and 2016. he's facing charges related to 16 patients. tyndall denies the allegation. >> there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. authorities on the attempted kidnapping at america's busiest airport. surveillance showing a woman accused of trying to steal two children. the parents can be seen fighting her off. there's also news tonight coming in about cuba gooding jr., facing the judge today over misconduct allegations. what he declared outside court. and then the pool scare tonight. the warning for parents. the toddler who falls in and then the father diving over the fence, right here, to save him. a lot more news ahead tonight. we'll be right back. fely. but allstate actually helps you drive safely... with drivewise. it lets you know when you go too fast...
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>> they saw two people down on the ground inside there. they immediately could tell that the persons were deceased. >> two people were found dead inside a castro valley home. deputies arrived on the scene just hours ago and say the people were shot days ago. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil it's too soon to tell if this was a double homicide or double suicide at a home on forest avenue around 10:15 this morning. still many questions about exactly what happened. >> abc7 news reporter laura anthony is live with the latest. >> hi. it is uncommon for there to be a murder here in castro valley. so scenes like these are rather shocking for neighbors here. in this case, it's too early to say for sure, but this may be a domestic situation gone bad. >> a family relative related to
this house called and said they had not spoken with their family member for several days. >> alameda county sheriffs say the call came in just after 10:15 this morning from a family member concerned about a man who lives in the guesthouse behind this home on forest avenue. >> when our deputies came to this property, they were able to go down the driveway look around and there's a detached guesthouse in the back. they made their way to that detached guesthouse. once they were able to look inside, they saw two people down on the ground inside there. >> according to sheriffs, the bodies appear to have been there several days. a man and woman in their 40s with an apparent gunshot wounds. it's not clear yet whether this is a double murder or a murder-suicide. >> we don't know of any threats outside of this crime scene that would cause concern for the community. >> none of the neighbors we talked with know the occupants of the home but they are still