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Woman mauled to death by her own Great Danes had been urged to ‘get rid’ of them

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A woman found dead in her home was likely killed by her own Great Dane dogs, police say.

Mary Matthews, 49, was found in her Clearcreek Township home in Ohio, US, on Friday, local police told CNN affiliate WLWT.

Watch in the video above: 10-year-old child mauled by pack of dogs

The cause of death has been determined to be a “dog attack,” Clearcreek Township police chief John Terrill told WLWT.

Matthews suffered multiple wounds, according to an incident report.

Investigators found two “large but thin” Great Danes on an enclosed deck of the home and blood was present throughout the house, according to WLWT.

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Matthews’ husband, Mark Matthews, found his wife unresponsive in the home Friday and called authorities.

He had been in county jail since Wednesday and returned home that day, authorities said.

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Mark Matthews said the family rescued the dogs about two years ago but one had recently become vicious, biting his arm, WLWT reported.

“I wanted to get rid of him, but she wouldn’t,” Mark Matthews told the affiliate.

“She loves animals.”

The victim had refused to give the dogs up, even when one began behaving aggressively.

Authorities believe that the dogs attacked the woman and she was able to put them outside before succumbing to her injuries.

Police believe she may not have realised the severity of her injuries and there was evidence that she had changed her clothing as well as attempted to clean up the blood with towels.


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‘I wanted to get rid of him, but she wouldn’t … she loves animals.’

Police said the victim suffered from chronic alcoholism and took several prescription medications, which may have impacted her ability to respond to the situation appropriately, according to WLWT.

Dogs put down

“Due to this history, it is felt that (Mary Matthews) may not have been in a clear-minded state to judge the severity of her situation and thus failed to call for help,” the police report said.

WLWT reported that the dogs were euthanised.

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Pictured: Girl, 16, who was killed in Santa Clarisa high school shooting

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The two teenagers killed in a California high school shooting on Thursday have been identified.

Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 16, and Dominic Blackwell, 14, were shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow, 16, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita.  

Mia Page Tretta was injured, as was another girl whose family have given her name only as Addison. 

Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 16, was shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow on Thursday

Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 16, was shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow on Thursday

Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 16, was shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow on Thursday 

Mia Page Tretta was injured

Mia Page Tretta was injured

Another girl, whose family only gave her first name - Addison - is also recovering in the hospital

Another girl, whose family only gave her first name - Addison - is also recovering in the hospital

Mia Page Tretta (left) was injured. Another girl, whose family only gave her first name – Addison – is also recovering in the hospital (right) 

They are both recovering in the hospital. 

Doctors said the pair were both sitting up and doing well. 

Another boy, who was also injured, was released from the hospital on Friday morning.   

Dominic Blackwell, 14, was also shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow, 16, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita

Dominic Blackwell, 14, was also shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow, 16, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita

Dominic Blackwell, 14, was also shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow, 16, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita

Dominic Blackwell, 14, was also shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow, 16, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita

Dominic Blackwell, 14, was also shot and killed by gunman Nathaniel Berhow, 16, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita 

Berhow is also still in the hospital after trying unsuccessfully to shoot himself in the head once his killing spree was over. 

His motive for the killings remains unclear. 

Neighbors said the student was struggling to cope with the death of his father and that he was ‘unsociable’. 

There were no warning signs, however, that he was capable of such violence according to police. 

Teenage shooter Nathaniel Berhow, 16, tried to kill himself after shooting five others but failed and he is now in the hospital in a critical condition. His motive remains unknown

Teenage shooter Nathaniel Berhow, 16, tried to kill himself after shooting five others but failed and he is now in the hospital in a critical condition. His motive remains unknown

Teenage shooter Nathaniel Berhow, 16, tried to kill himself after shooting five others but failed and he is now in the hospital in a critical condition. His motive remains unknown

In the space of 16 seconds, he had unloaded the entire magazine of his .45 semi-automatic rifle.

Authorities say more people would have died if three off-duty police officers who happened to be dropping off their children at the school at the time hadn’t been there. 

They rushed into the building when they heard gunfire and, once the shooting had stopped, gave first aid to some of those injured. 

Addison was cared for by a choir teacher who wrapped her gunshot wound after she stumbled into a classroom where 40 kids were hiding. 

Students left tributes to the two teenagers who were killed in a local park on Friday. The school campus is still a crime scene.  

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Blind singer with autism performs incredible rendition of The Little Mermaid

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A blind woman with autism brought an audience to tears as she sang a powerful rendition of ‘Part of Your World’ from the Disney classic ‘The Little Mermaid.’ 

Lavender Darcangelo, 24, performed the iconic song this summer at an event at First Parish Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, leaving the crowd stunned by her incredible talent. 

In the clip, she is joined by a band as she belts out the lyrics to the beloved Disney song from the 1989 film, which she said she wanted to sing in honor of LGBT Pride.  

Amazing: Lavender Darcangelo, a 24-year-old blind woman with autism, blew the crowd away when she sang 'Part of Your World' from the Disney classic 'The Little Mermaid'

Amazing: Lavender Darcangelo, a 24-year-old blind woman with autism, blew the crowd away when she sang 'Part of Your World' from the Disney classic 'The Little Mermaid'

Amazing: Lavender Darcangelo, a 24-year-old blind woman with autism, blew the crowd away when she sang ‘Part of Your World’ from the Disney classic ‘The Little Mermaid’ 

She celebrated her name by wearing a lavender dress on stage, but it was her stunning voice and moving performance that captured the hearts of her audience. 

Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford, who worked under the Obama administration, tweeted a video of Lavender singing at the event in July. 

‘A young woman comes on stage today in Fitchburg. Introduces herself as Lavender. Tells us that she blind and autistic and wants to sing a song in honor of LGBT Pride,’ he wrote. ‘She sings one of my favorite songs and brings us tears.’ 

The clip has since been viewed more than 1.1 million times and continues to make the rounds online. 

Incredible: She performed the iconic song this summer at an event at First Parish Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Incredible: She performed the iconic song this summer at an event at First Parish Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Incredible: She performed the iconic song this summer at an event at First Parish Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Incredible: She performed the iconic song this summer at an event at First Parish Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Incredible: She performed the iconic song this summer at an event at First Parish Church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Unforgettable: In the clip, she is joined by a band as she belts out the lyrics to the beloved Disney song from the 1989 film, which she said she wanted to sing in honor of LGBT Pride

Unforgettable: In the clip, she is joined by a band as she belts out the lyrics to the beloved Disney song from the 1989 film, which she said she wanted to sing in honor of LGBT Pride

Unforgettable: In the clip, she is joined by a band as she belts out the lyrics to the beloved Disney song from the 1989 film, which she said she wanted to sing in honor of LGBT Pride

Wil Darcangelo, a Unitarian Universalist minister, invited Rufus, 45, to First Parish Church as a guest speaker, but it was his adopted daughter who ended up impressing the former ambassador. 

Wil, 49, and his husband Jamie, 48, legally adopted Lavendar in 2017.

Speaking with BuzzFeed News after their daughter’s performance went viral, they said they were a bit ‘teary-eyed’ over the positive response. 

In addition to singing ‘Part of this World,’ she performed four additional songs as well as a little dance routine. 

Going viral: Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford tweeted a video of Lavender singing at the event in July, and the clip has since been viewed more than 1.1 million times

Going viral: Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford tweeted a video of Lavender singing at the event in July, and the clip has since been viewed more than 1.1 million times

Going viral: Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford tweeted a video of Lavender singing at the event in July, and the clip has since been viewed more than 1.1 million times 

Proud: Wil Darcangelo, who adopted Lavender in 2017, said he is grateful that Rufus helped draw attention to her amazing talent

Proud: Wil Darcangelo, who adopted Lavender in 2017, said he is grateful that Rufus helped draw attention to her amazing talent

Proud: Wil Darcangelo, who adopted Lavender in 2017, said he is grateful that Rufus helped draw attention to her amazing talent

Future star: 'She'll definitely have a meaningful career and that, to me, is all I ever wanted for her,' he said

Future star: 'She'll definitely have a meaningful career and that, to me, is all I ever wanted for her,' he said

Future star: ‘She’ll definitely have a meaningful career and that, to me, is all I ever wanted for her,’ he said 

Wil met Lavender when she was 15 years old and explained that her life with her biological family was ‘challenging.’ She asked him and his partner her to adopt her as an adult in 2016, and they readily agreed. 

They are both grateful that Rufus helped draw attention to her amazing talent.  

‘Even if this is only a flash in the pan, she’ll still be able to make good use of this 15 minutes in the spotlight,’ said Wil, who is also a professional singer and vocal coach to his daughter.

‘She can have a real career as a vocalist, even if it’s just singing with the headliners of symphonies here and there,’ he added. ‘She’ll definitely have a meaningful career and that, to me, is all I ever wanted for her.’

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African man digs up his parents’ bodies so he can exchange the bones for a motorbike 

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A man has been arrested for allegedly digging up his parents’ bodies so he can exchange their bones for a motorbike. 

Police in Mozambique, Africa have detained a man in the northern Nampula province on suspicion of exhuming the bodies of his parents and an uncle.

The man is reported to have removed their bones in one night after a businessman promised him a motorcycle and more than $300 (£234) in cash. 

Police in Mozambique, Africa have detained a man in the northern Nampula province on suspicion of exhuming the bodies of his parents and an uncle (stock image)

Police in Mozambique, Africa have detained a man in the northern Nampula province on suspicion of exhuming the bodies of his parents and an uncle (stock image)

Police in Mozambique, Africa have detained a man in the northern Nampula province on suspicion of exhuming the bodies of his parents and an uncle (stock image) 

The man is reported to have removed their bones in one night after a businessman promised him a motorcycle (pictured, the northern Nampula province where the man is from)

The man is reported to have removed their bones in one night after a businessman promised him a motorcycle (pictured, the northern Nampula province where the man is from)

The man is reported to have removed their bones in one night after a businessman promised him a motorcycle (pictured, the northern Nampula province where the man is from)

He told the BBC: ‘The boss told me to look for bones from people who died without getting sick. In exchange, you will get a motorbike. 

‘I went to a family cemetery, dug up the bones from my father’s, my mother’s and my uncle’s graves.’

The man is reported to have travelled to meet the businessman, who is involved in the exploration of mineral resources, but he was not there.

A police spokesman said the incident was the fifth such case in the area this year, with most believed linked to witchcraft.  

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