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body revealed a dark ugly secr secret. >> it's a pain that i don't think i've ever imagined. >> what her two week battle with heroin did to her baby's future. >> live from center city in philadelphia this is fox 29 news at 5:00. >> first at 5:00 tonight we're on top of breaking news in center city. skyfox is live over protesters at city hall. they are rallying in support of union rights at increasing the minimum wage to $15. police are on the scene to make sure everyone is safe. but they warn you'll probably face delays if you're going to be driving in that area. those are just the latest images in a string of protests that have been happening throughout the day. skyfox was in university city earlier this afternoon as these protesters gathered to march to center city. we of course will keep following the protests and keep you update. >> to a story now you'll see only on fox tonight. a local mom sent us these pictures saying they are
evidence of what happened to her teenaged son at school. he has autism and she says a schoolwork kerr took him into a closet and beat him. good evening, i'm lucy noland. >> i'm iain page. that mom is talking tonight for her son and police are looking into this. let's get right out to fox 29's jennifer joyce in atco, inform. jennifer? >> reporter: good evening, iain. it's horrifying phone call for any parent to receive and see your child come home from school with cuts on his arms and possibly a broken bone and this parent says it was at the hands of a teacher's aid. >> it was my biggest nightmare. my biggest fear came true. >> reporter: she got call yesterday afternoon from her son's care takers jordan a 15 year old with autism got hurt at school. >> jordan is able to convey that he was hit punched in the face twice. >> reporter: torres says her son told her it was at the hands of a classroom aid. she shared these pictures of jordan with cuts on his arm,
bruises across his chest and a swollen likely broken nose. >> he was up all night crying like he had nightmares. >> reporter: torres was told by an administrator at arch way lower school in atco, new jers jersey, that yesterday her son was found pinned against the corner of a classroom closet crying while an aide stood over him screaming. >> the school has not confirmed this with us. >> she actually observed what was going on and she said protocol was to remove the student to make sure that he was safe and call the state. i asked if police was called she said no. >> reporter: torres immediately made that call. she's pressing charges against the aid who allegedly be a salted her son. >> it was assault on a vulnerable child with disabilities. >> reporter: waterford township police say they are reviewing the case. arch way school would not confirm details of the incident nor would they confirm the status of the staph member accused in the assault. they issued a statement saying "the safety of our students is and always will be our top
priority. we immediately reported the incident to the new jersey institutional abuse investigation unit and are cooperating fully with their investigation as well as that of the waterford township police we are fully committed to providing a safe and secure environment for those in our care ". jordan requires a one-on-one aid. it's unclear where that staff member was at the time of the incident. torres says the school has not given her any information. >> where was everyone else? who was in the classroom? i need to know if there's cameras in there. i want access to the cameras. i want it all. i want answers. >> reporter: torres says her son named a specific staff member who hurt him, but he can't verbalize why or what actually took place. torres says she spent the day with state investigators who are also looking into the case. lucy? >> all right, heartbreaking. several people are hurt after a military vehicle flipped on the new jersey turnpike. it happened around 3:00 this
afternoon in east brunswick officials say the humvee was headed south on the turnpike when it happened. no word yet on how many people are hurt nor the extent of their injuries. but we're hearing choppers flew at least two people to hospitals. happening right now, police make arrest in a deadly hit-and-run 36-year-old thomas dunbar was killed in port richmond last night. dunbar was riding on motor scooter when he was hit then dragged for more than 200 feet. >> police found the suv just minutes away from where it all happened. fox 29's karen hepp is live in port richmond. karen? >> reporter: great police work led them to that vehicle. really good witness descriptions because they were so horrified by what unfolded in front of them. they found the vehicle parked right over here. this helmet -- the yellow brick house they took a person into custody a short time ago and in this community, you know, philadelphia city of neighborhoods, it turns out the victim's family lives right down there just two blocks away. 35-year-old tommy dunbar, jr., was killed by a hit-and-run
driver last night. he was struck here at lehigh and aramingo and thrown off of his scooter around 9:00. >> tragic accident because this 35-year-old victim after being struck was according to witnesses dragged underneath of the striking vehicle about 200 feet. accident investigation officers did find about 200 feet of drag marks from the victim's body. >> reporter: horrified witnesses wrote down the tag number and got a good description of the vehicle a pontiac aztec. police found the car a few blocks away with the tale tell tag and towed in it to test it for dna and fingerprints. late this afternoon a who lives right across the street where the vehicle was parked on cedar street was taken into custody. tommy's family watched and sobbed. they live only blocks away in port richmond. investigators took numerous beer bottles and other evidence in for testing and spoke with the attorney for the possible suspect. his lawyer says they have the wrong man.
>> my client has nothing to same he maintains his innocence. did he nothing wrong. >> reporter: tommy's family is devastated. too upset to speak on camera but his mother specifically wanted to us share this photo from the shore. so she could remember their happy memories of wildwood crest a place they loved. last night, tommy simply hopped on this scooter to pick up food after work on a project with his dad. no one ever saw him alive again. we just checked with the police department that person that was taken into custody is under arrest but they are not releasing his name since he has not yet been charged. that's the very latest right now from port richmond. i'm karen hem. iain, back to you. >> karen, thank you. one of the men who plead guilty to carjacking a woman in north philadelphia and then running over and killing four people has been sentenced. a judge sentencing 21-year-old jonathan rosa to 45 to 90 years in prison. it was in july of 2014 when prosecutors say rosa and another man force add woman into her c car, sexually assaulted her as they drove around. vehicle then crashed into a
fruit stand killing three children and another woman. things are looking up in your fox 29 weather authority. let's take a live look at allentown. finally enjoying temperatures that feel a lot like spring and thankfully it looks like i'm going to say safe for us to get used to this. all right. kathy orr. what's you got? >> whatever you say, lucy. >> we can get used to cool temperatures. i mean temperatures are inching upward morning by morning and we're talking about a frost come tomorrow morning. on the satellite/radar you can see clear skies from maine to the mid atlantic and that's the way it's going to stay. so a very dry stretch but with the clear skies and light winds we're talking about a frosty start to the day tomorrow for everyone, of course, temperatures will be falling into the low to mid 30's not quite as cold as it has been but tum hers will rebound into the 60s right now it's 62 in philadelphia. 60 in trenton. 56 degrees in millville and lower 50s down the shore because of that on shore influence the ocean water temperature only 50 degrees much that's very very
cold. as we look at our future temperatures come tomorrow morning, lows will be in the 30s. but we will be rebounding very quickly. and seeing a good dose of sunshine again. so as we look ahead in the seven day we'll be talking about a slow rise in temperature tomorrow. a dry stretch like we haven't seen in months and also going for 80 degrees. there you go. i'm committing. we'll see you later in the broadcast with the seven day. >> that's kind of the commitment i like. thank you very much, kathy. overseas in developing news tonight out of japan. at least two people are dead, dozens more injured after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck southern parts of the country. more than a dozen homes have collapsed and rescuers are searching for people who are trapped. surveillance footage capture the scene at the time of the jolt and now firefighters are battling fires throughout the area set off by the quake. continuing after shocks are making the fire fight and the rescue operations much harder. the stadium stompers back out today to express their frustration with the on-going plans to build a new stadium for
temple football. they say the university continues to move forward with plans to construct a new stadium despite the opposition of many students and community members. just recently temple announced it hired an architect to oversee stadium construction angry residents say despite repeated attempts temple officials refuse to meet with them to discuss concerns. that protest is part of a larger movement taking place across the city. three protesters were arrested right outside the fox 29 studios in old city this morning. the three say they were protesting the brutal relationship between philadelphia police and the black population. the same three recently interrupt add campaign event for hillary clinton in mt. airy. there they accused of former president bill clinton of being racist because of the crime bill he signed into law. march on police head quarter social security planned for later tonight. organizers are calling it a day of rage. shut it down. >> philadelphia district attorney seth williams says an investigation by the city's gun violence task force has ended with some really bad guys off
city streets. dawn timmeney is live in the newsroom with a announcement. >> reporter: da williams is calling the investigation and the arrest that is resulted from it historic. he says more than a dozen people from one of the city's most violent gangs are all facing serious charges to night. prosecutors say they were all part of the t and t gang which stands for tenth and thompson. members identified with these gangs through social media certainly clothing and these tattoos. according to authorities gang members were involved in gun battles on the streets of north philadelphia from february to june of 2015. the district attorney says they're also all facing charges in connection with a homicide. >> homicide that we're charging them with is an individual that was an innocent bystander on june the 22nd of 2014 a man that just unfortunately looked like a member of tnt's rival gang was shot on our streets.
and so we are charging these 15 people all of them are in custody with conspiracy to wreak havoc on our streets. >> reporter: prosecutors say the 15 gang members were involved in 13 criminal incidents, nine of which were shootings and investigators say they've also seized 10 illegal guns from the gang members. iain. >> dawn, thank you. concern continues to grow over the zika virus. we know what it can do to babies. what's our next step in fighting the disease? what officials said today. machines were the only thing keeping her daughter alive to save her daughter's unborn baby. >> what it does to your family is unheard of. it's a pain i don't think i've ever imagined. >> how a local woman' twos week battle with heroin changed her baby's life. fast food being served up way side of chemicals? a new study says and those dangerous substances are not even in the food you eat. we'll explain. >> coming up new at 6:00 a local
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we continue to stay on top of this breaking news in center city tonight. skyfox is live over protesters at city hall. they are rallying in support of union rights and increasing the minimum wage to $15. police are on the scene to make sure everyone is safe. but they'll warn you you'll probably face delays if you'll drive in that area. we of course will keep following this and keep you updated. take look at this
surveillance video. police are looking for that guy you see right there. they say he broke into a condominium complex in old city last thursday. just past 6:00 p.m. on the 300 block of race street. police say he broke into some of the condos storage bins and made off with several things so if you recognize him or anything about this, give police a call. railroad union leaders blaming corporate changes at amtrak for the death of two workers killed along the tracks in chester, delaware county. earlier this month. union officials say the training for employees is inadequate. they're demanding a change in policy to fix what they call hazardous conditions along the northeast corridor. we reached out to amtrak for comment on these new allegations and we have yet to hear back. happening right now, growing fears over the zika virus. the cdc has now officially tied the virus to a major birth defect. authorities say the disease could soon be passed around right here in the united states. fox's jonathan serrie tonight on what leaders are trying to do about it.
>> reporter: these bugs may look tiny but they have a dangerous bite. the centers for disease control and prevention definitively tying the mosquito born zika virus to birth defects including mike crow selfly babies are born with unusually small heads. >> it's been 50 years since an infectious disease has been identified as the cause of a birth defect. there's never been a birth defect caused by infection transmitterred by mosquito. >> reporter: when infector, most people experience only mild symptoms if any at all. but the link to microcephaly follows more than 1,000 brazilian cases of the condition since october. >> for the ones that are very severely affected i mean their deaths at the time of birth that would be the extreme or deaths before birth. >> reporter: nearly 350 travel related zika cases have already been diagnosis in the continental u.s. local transmission is currently taking place in american territories and is expected to spread to the us mainland.
the mosquito is found in 30 states while related species also known to transmit the virus is even more widespread. >> we don't know what the level of risk is for having a baby with a problem and for a mom is infected with zika during pregnancy and those are critical questions to answer. >> reporter: president obama has asked congress for $1.9 billion to help fight zika. house speaker paul ryan says funding will be addressed in the regular appropriations process as the need arises. in atlanta, jonathan serrie, fox news. parents land tina community leaders are you were city council members to expand pre k services in philadelphia. coalition was joined by mayor kenney at the norris square children's sent. mayor kenney wants to use the soda tax to help punt expansion and the city to be able to serve an additional 25,000 students within the next five years. >> the reason why we have a 26% poverty rate and why we have
10,542 african-american latino men and women locked up in our prison system is because of the lack of educational opportunities. >> the proposed tax is 3 cents an ounce and all sugary drinks in the city. the dream of a school resource officer in philadelphia is transforming young lives. >> it's all about empowerment, about kids helping other kids, about taking responsibility. fox 29's chris o'connell has a story of the young men of mitchell. >> reporter: if you grew up a young male in southwest philadelphia, chances are you've had a run in with police. >> you got to get your homework done that's the main thing. >> reporter: not run in like this. at mitchell elementary school, resource officer donald lewis doesn't make arrests, he makes men. >> all you guys have awesome attitudes, right? >> these young guys deserve a chance and i'm trying my best to help them give them that chance they deserve. >> reporter: called the men of mitchell. teenagers some who don't have fathers themselves who have committed to become role models
and leaders in their school. >> kids will bully us or say we're not that, we're not that and try to say we're not cool but it's been the total opposite. >> reporter: seven men of mitchell have quickly become big men on campus. sporting shirts and ties. they mentor younger kids and meet after school for peer medication. oh, and then there's the time they surprised their principal with flowers just because she was doing a good job. >> this is become something that has become a real source of pride for our school. >> reporter: the new principle says the program has now drawn interest from the entire school, a big turn around for what was one of the city's poorest performing schools. >> i think there's such a negative stereo tape on kids in the city. when if they're given a chance to put just as many energy into the positives they're able to do so. >> reporter: for these guys it's not only representing their school, but their community. >> we're leading the school to a better trek and better things in life so more kids will come and get great education at the school. >> my mom is very proud of me. very very proud.
>> reporter: the kind of change officer lewis envisioned when he started his mission and says it's not over. >> they're going to college. and that's my goal. to convince them that you have to get out of the hood and you have to be productive citizens in society and that you can make it. >> reporter: chris o'connell, fox 29 news. >> you know the school wants to expand the program to begin the women of mitchell next month and already students are lining up to join. a dog could not be happier to be back with his owner. someone found him hundreds of miles from home inside the two-year search to find zeus. >> and how say are you on the road? the rather startling new details from a national study on speed limits. first the octopus too smart to be contained how he escaped from his aquarium and went back into the ocean. ♪
created waves in the water. sometimes coming within 30 feet of the u.s. destroyer. no action was taken on board the uss donald. other than trying to radio the russian pilot they ignored those radios calls. >> this is classic cold war strategy. remember vladimir putin was a colonel in the kgb he's testing prodding us. when he sees us do nothing he fills that vacuum. >> spokesman for russian's defense ministry he's confused by american's reaction and pilots used all measures of precaution. >> you decide 2016. the next primary is five days array way. >> voters in new york are next to head to the polls. 27,000 showed up to support bernie sanders in washington scare park in manhattan last night. hillary clinton is ahead in the polls for the empire state but sanders has mow men tull on his side and he's looking to steal the state. meanwhile, gop frontrunner donald trump's campaign team met with lawmakers in washington,
d.c. today hoping to expand congressional support for the businessman. >> i think we're on a glide path. we have to work hard. we have to talk to the voters, but i think it's a path which is -- which has very few obstacles. >> word today that trump's campaign manager corey lewandowski will not face charges for misdemeanor battery for grabbing reporter michelle fields arm in march during a rally. >> objection company pus escaped from the national i was yum in new zealand. male octopus was able to return to the ocean after escaping through a narrow pipe. inky slid across is wet floor and squeezed through the nearly 6-inch pipe. inky was given to the acquire can yum after being rescued from a fish net. >> they're very smart. are you getting your fast food with a side of chemicals? new study says yes. those dangerous substances aren't even in the food you eat. a chimpanzee makes a break for it from a zoo. he had quite the adventure. what authorities eventual hal to
do to get him off of some power lines. kathy? >> wow. in weather we are talking about high and dry. high pressure anchored to the north giving us a nor easterly wind keeping it cool for now but not for long. couldn't segment queue tiff stretch of sunny days that we haven't seen in months. that's coming up when we come back. there are two democratic visions for regulating wall street. one says it's okay to take millions from big banks and then tell them what to do. my plan -- break
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they also want more money. they'd like the minimum wage increase the to $15. police are there to keep tabs on everyone. make sure everybody is safe. but of course this is one area that you're going to want to avoid otherwise you can guarantee to be delayed. philadelphia police made arrest in deadly hit-and-run. 35-year-old tommy dunbar, jr., was killed last night when he was hit and dragged more than 200 feet in the city's port richmond section. the suv police say hit dunbar was found minutes away and late think afternoon the driver was arrested. his name has not been released. police are testing the suv for fingerprints and dna. your fast food may be served up way side of chemicals. but a new study suggests those dangerous substances aren't actually in the food you eat. >> nevertheless, scientists say some fast food fans could be setting themselves up for big health problems. fox's jennifer davis has the story. >> reporter: when it comes to fast food, the fast part is often the draw. >> if i'm in a hurry i'll go for
whatever is fast and cross my fingers nothing will be, you know, particularly bad long term. >> reporter: but a new study may give fast food eaters pause. it finds those who reported consuming more fast food in a national survey exposed to higher levels of potentially harmful chemicals known as thalates. >> one reason the study gained so much attention people never thought something like this would be, you know, so possible and so widespread. in our survey a third of the population had eaten some type of fast food in the prior 24 hours. >> reporter: assistant professor at gw's milton institute school of public health says data from nearly 9,000 pains of all ages those who consume the most fast food in 24 hour period at least 35% of they're daily calories had 20 to 40% higher levels of thalates in their system compared to
those who hadn't eaten fast fo food. >> i hope it raises public awareness about this problem, this greater problem of, you know, our society being exposed to industrial chemicals through our food supply. >> reporter: thalates are in variety of products from plastics to perfume and studies have examined their link to infer will the, pregnancy complications, reproductive. in 2008 they were band from children toys, there are multiple sources in the food processinprocessing from flexibg to food packaging. >> certain studies have found they've actually measured the content of thalates in food before and after it was packaged and found that the levels of thalates increased 100% after packaging. wow. >> if the food is hot when it's packaged that can actually accelerate the migration of the thalates from the packaging into the food. >> time to change the packaging it sounds like, right?
researchers say they base what they're calling photograph food on the cdc' definition. so this is really broad. it includes basically anything you buy that is not served on a plate. no pizza, burgers, tacos, club sandwiches go on and on on with one. >> everything in moderation. >> does that mean chick-fil-a. >> it does. >> but everything in moderation you'll be fine. >> just like our weather. >> so thalates in moderation. >> i'd like abundant sunshine. >> i would, too. >> no moderation. >> i'm with you thon. >> let's go all the way. let's take look outside. this is right outside our studio window. >> isn't it spectacular. look at the buds on beautiful trees in old city philadelphia. we have walkers. we have bikers. it's just going to be beautiful night to be outside and why not because temperatures are in the 60s and we have two hours until sunset and at that time we'll just seeing see a beautiful sunset at that. winds out of the south southeast at 6 miles an hour. 62 in the city. 62 in allentown.
right now in trenton it is 60 degrees. cooler down the shore. we have an on shore flow and the ocean water temperature is only 50 so this is as good as we'll do this afternoon. in atlantic city 53. that is the airport reading that's 9 miles inland and wildwood that's in rio grant the temperature is 52 degrees. to the north, we have some colder temperatures but you have to go to quebec and boston to see the 40s. even in ottawa this afternoon with high pressure to the north we have a good deal of sunshine and mild temperatures. this is it. a sprawling high that stays to our north for the next couple of days. we get that northerly wind component. so it will be cooler down the shore than inland and i added on the see surface temperatures. see the green that's only temperatures in the 50s you get warmer toward the gulf stream so it will take a long time for that water to warm up as you know june, july, some years it's august, the land warms up. quicker the temperature tomorrow going p toe for 63 degrees. and we do expect consecutive dry days for the neck seven days and sunshine.
so we had two dry days and sunny days the past couple of days we'll add seven that means nine consecutive dry and sunny days we haven't seen that since the early part of january. so it will be very welcomed around here. average high for this time of year 63. we're at normal tomorrow. saturday above. sunday is very warm and monday warm as well. so we'll see the chill throughout the northeast retreat to the north. high pressure anchored off the coast right over bermuda. summer like pattern we call it the bermuda high during the summer and hey we'll call it that during the spring as well. it will open up the flood gates of warmth and southwesterly winds as that northern high migrates southward it will get warmer and warmer each day. i like that kind of a trend. in the city overnight, 38. in the suburbs 33. we do have that frost advisory but nothing like we've seen early in the week with the freeze. during the day tomorrow, 62 which is around seasonal levels. high pollen levels as well because of the warm conditions. if you suffer from seasonal allergies, the tree pollens are
high. the maple, the juniper and alder. friday high. saturday high. sunday high. by monday they reach their peak not expecting any rain for at least the next seven days. here's a look at the temperatures. so for your friday 63. saturday 67. sunday 72. monday 80 degrees. >> you change that. >> i did change it. i told you i was committing. >> i am committing. (laughter). >> tell my husband. tuesday 68. wednesday 64. thursday 73. ahh everybody is talking about the shore. >> getting ready for summer. >> your hubby is happy he's got the lifetime commitment. >> yes. >> speaking of lifetime commitment and love that knows no bounds check this out. dog could not be happier to be back with his mommy. someone found him hundreds of miles from home inside that two year search. >> how safe are you on the roads? the startling new
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♪ think he recognizes mommy watch reunion. that's zeus and that's his human mom back together in florida. nearly two years works years! after the black and white terrier bolted from his yard someone found him more than a thousand miles away in michigan. shelter scanned zeus' micro chip and contacted his owner and this reunion came soon after. >> what's it like having him back in your arms?
>> it feels so good. so right. >> has he changed much. >> no, not at all. he's zeus. he's zeus. he's my baby. hey, buddy. >> he snuggled right up to her. official say this is fantastic reminder to get your pets micro chipped so important. we have no idea how zeus got so far away from home but as you can imagine debbie is just thrilled to have him back home and he's pretty thrilled himse himself. to your health now, your safety on the roads. could hire speed limits be why an increasing number of americans are dying in crashes? >> new report from the insurance institute for highway safety that's wrapping researchers look a look at effects of speed limit increases in 41 states 1993 and 2013. for every 5 miles an hour increase there was 4% increase in road deaths. the researchers say the actual numbers could be a lot higher. the group says this doesn't prove the higher speeds caused these fatalities but it should
be taken into account. hookah smoking may be more dangerous than cigarette smoking new study researchers recruited 21 hookah users and compared them to non smokers. researchers noticed the changes in the cells of the lining in the smokers lungs. the study's author also say one hook coo session appears to expose the smoker to all of a sudden 11 times the carbon mon knocks side compared to one cigarette much those fining in the american journal of respiratory and critical care medicine. >> she found her egg pregnant daughter's lifeless body and uncovered a dark secret. how a local woman's two week battle with heroin changed her baby's live forever. >> howard. >> flyers getting ready for their playoff game in two seasons. the phillies had pitcher who did something that hasn't happened in five years and sixers coach talks about a brutal season. that will be coming up in spor sports.
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♪ local mom says heroin tour their family apart when her daughter's secret turned tragedy. she's now left to raise the children her daughter left behind. >> fox 29's shawnette wilson has the emotion pack story of a mother kept alive after overdo overdosing to try to save her unborn child. ♪ >> i was a sappy person. i cried at stupid things on the regular. now i cried at even stupid derr things. >> reporter: live as dory porter knew it a year ago has been turned upside down. >> i became a single parent of three small children all of a sudden. >> reporter: meet her grandchildren, four year old,
three-year-old and the youngest eight months old. she has custody and is raising them with the help of her 16-year-old daughter. >> i can tell you the weakest thing is sleep. i don't get any. >> reporter: dory has been on emotional roller coaster doesn't quite explain it. it's more like a whirlwind of tragic events that begin with her oldest daughter raven the children's mother. >> she was a mother who lived and breathed for her children. >> reporter: on january 26th of last year, raven stopped breathing. she would spend the following five months on life support because she was pregnant with her youngest daughter so lanny. >> the baby paper their party. my daughter was nothing more than a vessel to keep her there. >> reporter: dory recalls that snowy january night in the home they all share. raven went into the bathroom getting her children ready for bed but she never came out. >> i said what are you doing,
camping out in there? >> there was no response. i popped the lock on the door and when i opened the door she was -- she was sitting on the toilet and she was not breathi breathing. >> reporter: paramedic arrived and moved her daughter's lifeless body and ugly secret was revealed. >> i was shocked. i had no clue. >> reporter: they found heroin packets. at five months pregnant, raven had used and overdosed on hero heroin. >> i was shocked. i really was. >> reporter: but then dory begins to tell me her daughter had history of drug use but not heroin, she says, and not when she was pregnant with his two children. >> at 15 it was just smoking weed as far as i know. >> reporter: she says eventually her daughter progressed to pills, xanax, percocet and others. >> this one over here with both
of kids that's her using. >> reporter: the pills dory says were raven's biggest battle. >> she's taken pills and sleeping through the night. the kids could have built a house on top of her before she woke up. >> reporter: looking at pick checks of her daughter she recalls how raven would somehow manage toolings get back on track. >> she was two weeks away from getting her ged. >> dory strongly believes when raven overdosed she had just started using heroin because a few months prior she served jail time for stealing jewelry when she last row lapped raven was also going through a break up. >> she used heroin for two weeks approximately toe from what i can gather. that's it. she was on parole. she was having drug tests. right before christmas the baby's father said he was leaving. he was going to start seeing his other children's mother, um, and i knew, i knew that was a trigger. >> so again dory started looking for signs. >> i didn't see any.
i thought oh, maybe we are past -- maybe we're getting through this. >> reporter: but she was wrong and this time pills raven turned to but heroin. >> i truly don't think she set out to harm her child. >> raven was kept alive on life support for months at lehigh valley hospital until doctors could deliver the baby by c second. >> the baby was supposed to be delivered june 12th. they delivered the maybe june nipth. her body was start to go be distressed. she had developed a staff infection. they were worried that that would be passed to the baby. she had started to spike a fever. possible pneumonia at that point they felt it was best to deliver the baby. >> reporter: this is the baby today an adorable eight month old and miracle baby. but her tiny body is now forced to battle addiction.
>> she was born addicted not to the heroin because it had been so long the heroin obviously was out of her system but she was dicked to the phenobarbital and the dye as is he pan they used to control raven's seizures while she was on life support. then she had to go through methadone and adderall to get through the withdrawals of that. >> reporter: doctors say her first mri showed perfectly normally looking brain but dory feels her granddaughter in some ways may be developmentally delayed. >> i still worry about if there's any damage. >> reporter: the next thing dory did was say goodbye to her daughter raven was taken off live support june 11th 2 days after her baby girl was born. >> the neurologist at lehigh valley said, she's there and you have, you know, you can see her. he said, but the best way to describe it is her internal light isn't there any more.
♪ >> reporter: family and friends held vigil for raven but for dory there was no time to grieve. she now had three young children to care for. and a 16-year-old of her own whose life would also change forever. now it's kind of like balancing a social life, schoolwork and three kids it's like -- my mom said being a single mom technically. >> robbed of being a typical teen she's consumed with worry about her mom and her nieces and nephew who she helps with all week. she's alone with them on weekends while dory works two, 16 hour days. >> i worry about her stress, her health. i worry about the kids growing up and having like a terrible feeling about their mother because of her decisions. >> reporter: and then there's the emotional wait of the loss of her older sister who she loved and desperately wanted to get better. but in an odd way, she says the children have become her comfort
filling the void of raven. >> zia? >> yes. >> what happened? >> at first i did not want to do this at all but now i couldn't see my life without them. >> her tears tell the tragic tale of how heroin ruins more lives than the one who uses it. dory says it's strong enough to cut through a mother's live and protection of her children. but wants others to know heroin had taken over the person who daughter really was. >> the biggest thing i've heard from so many families, if she loved her kids she'll stop. that is not a logical sentence to an addict. it's not. they can have all the love in the world. what it does to your family is unheard of. it's a pain that i don't think
i've ever imagined. >> in easton, shawnette wilson, fox 29 news. >> you know someone that is dealing with an addiction, we do have quite a few resources on our website. >> you can also fine a link to go fund me page for raven's children head to fox29.com for a list. you know a chimpanzee made a break for it from a zoo. he had quite the adventure. what authorities eventual hal to do to get him down from power lines. coming up at 6:00 concern continues to grow over the zika virus. we now know what it can do to babies what's our next step in fighting the disease what officials said today. >> a local boy loves super heroes but he just proved he has some special powers of his own. the scary opponent he just defeat want peace did today that he'll never forget.
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i get to host it but i also got to produce it. i'm very proud of it and i hope everybody enjoys it tonight. >> it's all part of lineup you can't miss tonight on fox 29. it all starts with spring premier of bones at 8:00 series premier of american grit at 9:00 get a full wrap up of the news, weather and authorities on the fox 29 news at 10:00. ♪ tonight at 6:00, tattoos with dark meaning. just some of the evidence prosecutors say helped take down more than a dozen people. the bloody gang feud authorities have been fighting against. and only on fox, mom says her teen with special needs was beaten at a local school and that a worker did it. what the school is saying tonight. >> ♪ >> live from center city in philadelphia this is fox 29 news at six. we are on top of breaking new. let's go to center city. skyfox live over protesters still at city hall.
they have been there for awhile now. they're out to support unions getting more money through a minimum wage hike to $15. police are on the scene just keeping tabs making sure everybody is stays safe. but they do warn you will face delays if you're driving through the area. now earlier sky fox over north philly as these same protesters gather the to march towards center city. we'll keep following this protest and others today and bring you more as the news warrants. tonight at 6:00 arrest in deadly hit-and-run. 35-year-old thomas dunbar's live ended ooh ally last night when car hit him in port richmond. the drive kept going. good evening, i'm iain page. >> i'm lucy noland. it's been a long day for investigators on this case. fox 29's karen hepp has the road to an arrest that ended just a short time ago. >> reporter: 35-year-old tommy dunbar, jr. a project manager at a major construction company. his family says last night he finish up a personal job with his dad and hopped on his scooter to get something to eat. they never saw him alive again. just b