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A psychologist in Washington state killed herself and her twin 7-year-old daughters in a murder-suicide amidst an ongoing custody battle.

On Saturday, a roommate at the 55-year-old Michele Boudreau Deegan’s Sudden Valley home contacted deputies after he found Deegan, who is his landlord, and her two children dead. Deputies responded to the scene at around 1:15 p.m., according to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say Deegan fatally shot her two girls while they were sleeping and then turned the gun on herself. Investigators came to the conclusion that a custody dispute was the “primary motive” behind the murder-suicide, which they say happened sometime Friday evening, the New York Post reports.

Deegan’s website says that her goal is to “teach clients new ways of perceiving their problem, healthy coping behaviors for responding to their problem, and healthy attitudes & communication skills for working with their families, partners, or work environment so they can make changes in their own life.” Under a tab on her website called “Life Can Be Better,” the mother wrote  that “there are many great therapists in our community and I am humbled to be able to stand amongst them as a supporter of freedom, hope, healing, acceptance and love.”

The day the twins were killed Deegan shared an article ScaryMommy.com, titled “Narcissistic Parents Are Literally Incapable Of Loving Their Children” on her professional Facebook page, the outlet reports.

A neighbor responded to the incident saying he couldn’t “believe this happened.” Other neighbors said that the girls were hardly ever seen outside. In addition, one person closely associated with the family says that at one point child welfare authorities were called about the home.

According to the Daily Mail, one of Deegan’s friends reacted to the killings on Facebook, saying the mother was “mentally ill.” “Michelle was a wonderful woman….she HAD TO HAVE BEEN trying (in an absolutely sick, unimaginably twisted way, obviously) to ‘protect’ the girls from a life with their dad without her,” Jen Mindlin wrote.

“She was a kind and warm friend, bright and empathetic, a psychologist with a local practice that helped so many people, including me, and my daughter,” she continued, adding that Deegan was “in a horrific custody battle, with a man she had a domestic violence protection order against.” She also added that “every time she believed her divorce was almost final, she would be dragged into a new frivolous and expensive renegotiation, she had been bankrupted by litigation, right or wrong, she worried for her girls with their dad…..(the sad irony is not lost on me)……this was a mental health tragedy, not a terrible person.”

Mindlin then called for people to be understanding of Deegan’s alleged circumstance. “Compassion is truly in order here. I loved (and nannied) those girls, and I’m angry too….I just really want everyone to know that Michelle did NOT abuse the girls, she loved them. She was just sick….and scared.”

 

Michele Boudreau Deegan and her twin daughters – Facebook

 

Michele Boudreau Deegan's twin daughters - Facebook
Michele Boudreau Deegan’s twin daughters – Facebook




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Michigan Boy, 10, Has Hands And Legs Removed During Battle With COVID-19

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A  10-year-old Michigan boy had to have his hands and legs amputated during his battle with COVID-19.

It’s been weeks now that Dae’Shun Jamison has been in the hospital fighting Coronavirus complications. These rare side effects of the often deadly disease have led to the child having to have his legs and hands removed, People reports.

His mother, Brittney Autman, detailed Jamison’s journey in a GoFundMe, saying the boy was first taken to the hospital in late December after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Initially, Jamison showed no signs of COVID-19. Not long after that, Jamison developed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, a condition in which a child’s body becomes inflamed. The condition can affect a child’s brain, heart, and lungs, leading to fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, and other symptoms.

Eventually, doctors at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital placed Jamison on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which pumps oxygen into a patient’s entire body to help support failing heart and lungs, the outlet reports. Two weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19, he began developing MIS-C symptoms. “They say don’t question God, but I don’t understand, why my son?” said Autman. “I wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone else’s child, but why me?”

Medical officials first removed his right leg. They let his family know that more limbs may have to be removed in the upcoming weeks. “He understood that when he wake up his leg will not look the same,” Autman wrote in an update on the donation page set up to help pay for the family’s medical bills. “Dae’Shun completely broke down in tears which affected me in so many ways, I can’t believe this is really happening to my baby.” His left leg and hands were removed on Feb. 22 after his hands were damaged due to lack of blood flow.

“Dae’Shun is very emotional about his amputations, and it breaks my heart,” Autman wrote on GoFundMe. “Please keep the prayers coming.” Jamison’s mother says her son is moving forward despite the pain; he will be joining a rehabilitation center. Autman says she believes her son will adjust to his prosthetics. “I’m trying to find ways to get him back to the way he was as much as possible,” she said. “That’s my goal for him. That’s what I want for him.”

We are praying for you, King Dae’Shun.




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Ava DuVernay Is Not Surprised By Golden Globes Voting Committee Having Zero Black Members

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Hollywood producer Ava DuVernay says that she is not surprised that there are no Black members on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

According to a new report by the Los Angeles Times, which was published on Sunday, the group of 87 international journalists who chooses the nominees and winners of the Golden Globe Awards each year does not have any Black members.

The Hollywood Reporter tweeted their story regarding the report, to which DuVernay responded by writing, “Reveals? As in, people are acting like this isn’t already widely known? For YEARS?” Golden Globes nominated actress, and director Regina King responded to DuVernay with a Drake GIF, indicating that he agreed. DuVernay responded with a Sinbad GIF with the words, “those are the facts.”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been under scrutiny for years for its lack of diversity and subpar ethics.

Last year, the group’s lack of inclusion of Blacks and Black talent was thrust into the spotlight when the Golden Globes snubbed DuVernay’s critically acclaimed Netflix series “When They See Us,” which documented the story of the wrongly convicted Central Park Five. Several other Black-led projects that were recently snubbed include Spike Lee’s Vietnam war movie “Da 5 Bloods” and the HBO series “I May Destroy You.” Neither project received Golden Globe nominations despite immense praise.

The 2021 Golden Globes Awards will take place virtually on Sunday and hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

A representative with the HFPA has said that the group is aware of the racial disparities and is “committed to addressing” them.




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Investigators have decided not to press charges against Tiger Woods in his rollover car crash incident, saying it was an accident.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva officials will not be pursuing charges against the 45-year-old golf icon. “We don’t contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash,” Villanueva said in a Facebook Live chat. “This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime. They do happen, unfortunately.”

The incident happened on Tuesday a little after 7 a.m. when Woods was driving in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The golfer drove his SUV across a median and veered through two lanes before hitting a curb and then a tree, CNN reports. The car ended up on its side. According to CNN, Woods was “awake, responsive, and recovering” from a major surgery in the hospital.

Woods sustained leg injuries but remained conscious. Woods was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent surgery on his lower right leg and ankle. The wreck fractured Wood’s legs, and medical officials had to break the bone into more than two parts in order to expose it to open air, which can run the risk of infection, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anish Mahajan said in the statement.

The golfer had to have a rod inserted into his tibia to stabilize it and the fibula bones. His foot and ankle bones had to be stabilized with screws and pins to take away some of the pressure. “His right leg was basically crushed,” Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport told CNN on Wednesday.

Villanueva said Woods surviving the tragic crash was “nothing short of a miracle,” adding that Woods wearing his seatbelt more than likely saved his life. “We have seen accidents with far less obvious (damage) that are fatalities.”




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