Author Archives: Jessica Carlson


Jessica Carlson

Jessica is one of the co-creators of Imperfect Parent and contributor to the book anthology "The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World". Jessica is a mother of two boys, and is very tired.

83-year-old woman flees scene after running over boy

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An 83-year-old woman ran over a 6-year-old boy in a Chicago suburb last weekend and then fled the scene. The young boy, Brayan Silva, was killed while crossing the street with his father and sibling at 9 pm last weekend during a rainstorm. Brayan had fallen behind as his father and sibling as they tried […]

Stranger hands baby a bottle laced with bleach at McDonalds

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An 11-month-old baby boy is recovering after a stranger at a McDonalds in south east London, England gave the baby a bottle which police believe was laced with the harsh chemical bleach. The baby was with his grandmother when the incident took place earlier today, around lunchtime on Thursday. The baby’s grandmother said that a woman, who […]

School put kindergartner in van with stranger after school

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An elementary school in Salem, Oregon dismissed a 5-year-olds protest when they demanded he get into the car of somebody he didn’t know. It was the the end of the day for youngster Teylor Kobernik, who had just attended his first day of kindergarten. His mom told him to take the bus home but the […]

'True Blood': Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer welcome twins

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True Blood costars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who are married in real life, welcomed twins into the world very recently. The notoriously private couple would not give the exact date in which Paquin gave birth, but reps for the actors did confirm to People magazine that the babies were born sometime over the past week. Paquin, 30, who […]

Woman gives college student free car after he was struck while walking

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Georgia tech student gets car after woman sees his story on the newsA West Georgia Technical College student was given a car by a Good Samaritan after she saw a news broadcast about his long, 15 mile round trip trek to and from his college classes. Branden Whitehead, 20, reportedly walked to and from college classes […]

Pink talks the joys of motherhood

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Rocker Pink loves being a mom but still loves rockin’ outRocker songstress Pink met with People magazine this week to discuss the joys and life changes that come with first time motherhood. Pink dishes on her new “boring” self and says that she’s reduced herself to diaper changes and dinner parties. While motherhood seems to […]

Study finds little difference between organic and conventional foods

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The results of a new study published by Stanford University shows little difference between the nutritional content of organically grown food and conventional food. The author of the study, Crystal Smith-Spangler, says that a team of researchers failed to find a significant difference between vitamins and other nutrients found in organic food as opposed to […]

Disney employee murdered after taking family in

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A 30-year-old Disney World employee was murdered sometime last week after he took in a couple with two small children. Jay Stone of Ocoee, Florida was employed as a maintenance man at the children’s theme park, a job his parents said that he loved and enjoyed immensely.  His parents said he recently befriended a man named Thomas […]

Two people dead after contracting Legionnaires' disease at Chicago hotel

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What is Legionnaires’ disease and is your child at risk?Two cases o f Legionnaires’ disease, which left two people dead, has been linked back to the JW Marriott Chicago Hotel, according to health officials. The victims were reportedly guests of the hotel in mid-July. The Chicago Department of Public Health said in a statement today […]

Family's runaway dog found three years later, 830 miles away

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An Oregon family is celebrating the return of their beloved pet after their Border Collie mix dog ran away nearly three years. The dog was found only recently in Utah. The dog, named Sarah, had been with the Riccitti family in Oregon since it was a puppy, but ran away while staying with family friends […]

Horrifying video of mother and 4-year-old falling off subway platform

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A Boston, Mass. mother was caught on surveillance video walking off a subway platform holding her 4-year-old son. The pair fell so violently, the mother fell on top of the boy who hit his head on the train tracks. The mother, stunned and unable to get up, was helped by onlookers who were also shocked by the incident […]

Are children at risk of contracting West Nile Virus?

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says that optimal breeding conditions around the U.S. is partly to blame for this year’s record number of West Nile Virus cases. This CDC reports that as of August 22, 2012, there have been 1,221 reported cases of human West Nile Virus, with 43 deaths reported. The most susceptible to falling […]

Derailed train strikes and kills two college females

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Two teens killed after train derails in MarylandTwo college students in Ellicott City, Maryland, were killed early Tuesday morning when a train carrying cars of coal derailed and struck the women dead. The two are thought to have been crushed underneath a huge pile of coal and rail car. The students, Elizabeth Nass and Rose […]

Woman knocks down toddler, steals her iPad

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A 3-year toddler was the victim of assault and robbery on Tuesday when she got out of her mom’s car at her north Houston, Texas apartment complex where she and her family live, and was knocked down by a woman who then stole her iPad. The girl’s mother said that the woman approached her daughter […]

Boston Market bids farewell to salt

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Boston Market 86s saltBoston Market restaurants announced today efforts to drastically reduce sodium content in many of their signature dishes. But their salt expulsion won’t stop there. They will also remove it from the tables. While the salt shakers will be nixed at the tables, Boston Market says they’ll keep a set at the beverage […]

SUV heading for water park overturns in Texas, kills five children

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Nine passengers were thrown from a GMC Envoy sports utility vehicle on Monday when the car spun out of control and overturned outside of Canton, Texas. The vehicle was carrying 10 children between the ages of 2 and 13, plus the adult driver and passenger. The accident happened about an 90 minutes outside of Dallas […]

FTC refunds consumers of certain kinds of kids vitamins

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If you bought children’s gummies vitamins in the past, you may be eligible for refundConsumers of certain Disney or Marvel Hero themed children’s vitamins may be eligible for a refund if they bought kid’s vitamins that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) found to be using deceptive marketing practices. The offer comes after a settlement was […]

Daycare leaves toddler behind at New York beach

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A 2-year-old toddler girl was left behind after an outing with the ‘Our Little Darlings Day Care’ center in Bay Shore, New York. The daycare center took the children in their care to the state park on Tuesday and subsequently left the youngster behind. According to the police report, a woman said the toddler had […]

Mother carries infant into river trying to save toddler, both drown

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A 30-year-old Russell County, Georgia mother is dead after she tried to save her 3-year-old son from drowning on Sunday while the family was on a fishing trip near Rigdon Park in Georgia. Krystal Brown jumped into the Chattahoochee River after she noticed her toddler son, Davie Brown, disappeared from view. Davie and his mother […]

Police: Young teen attacked mother with hammer

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13-year-old Texas teen allegedly attacked mom with hammerA 13-year-old Corpus Christi, Texas boy is being held in juvenile custody after his mother accused him of attacking her with a hammer. The attack reportedly happened on Saturday night after the boy and his 33-year-old mother got into an argument. Police were called to the scene where […]

5-year-old's body found in garage, homicide suspected

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Little girl found in container inside Ohio garageThe body of a 5-year-old girl was discovered inside a Seaman, Ohio garage on Sunday afternoon. Police believe the youngster was likely murdered. According to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, paramedics were called to the house just before 1 pm on Sunday afternoon by an unidentified female who […]

Ohio teen collapses after playing video games for 4-days straight

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A 15-year-old Columbus, Ohio boy who played ‘Modern Warfare 3’ on his Xbox in his bedroom from the start of the weekend until Tuesday morning, had to be rushed to the hospital after he collapsed. The young gamer, Tyler Rigsby, was said to be suffering from severe dehydration after he emerged from his gaming marathon. […]

Barrage of threats against Walmart stores prompt evacuation

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At least eight Walmart retail stores in Missouri and three in Kansas reported receiving bomb threats over the weekend prompting authorities to evacuate the stores in search of explosives.  The calls started coming in on Friday evening and went through until Sunday. Missouri Police Chief Eric Hovis said this about the caller: “It was an […]

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joins 'The Voice'

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Rocker dad Billie Joe Armstrong, 40, of Green Day fame is joining forces with Christina Aguilera in the panel of judges/coaches on NBC’s ‘The Voice’. The show seems to be competing in a highly visible rock star competition of their own, vying for the most popular judges as competitors ‘American Idol’ just announced Mariah Carey […]

Baby among those injured at mass shooting at "Dark Knight Rises" premiere

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Mass shooting outside Denver, Colorado killed several children at movie premiereShortly after a much anticipated premiere of ‘Batman: The Dark Knight rises’ started in Aurora, Colorado late last night, a gunman reportedly open fired on movie-goers, causing panic and hysteria, leaving at least 10 deaths. Among those killed and injured were many children including some […]