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POSTED October 2, 2013 8:58 p.m.

POLICE: WOMAN DROVE AROUND WITH DEAD NIECE IN CAR: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A woman who allegedly drove around for much of a day with the body of her 2-year-old niece in the car's back seat has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and torture-related charges.

The Bakersfield Californian reports 20-year-old Wendy Guadalupe Gomez says she didn't call 911 because she's in the country illegally and didn't want to chance getting arrested.

Authorities say on Sept. 20 Gomez drove around for seven hours, calling relatives and friends, and giving a friend a ride with the dead child in the back seat of the Toyota Camry. Prosecutors say Gomez knew her niece, Karla Isidro, was dead.

Police reports say an autopsy revealed the girl had suffered a skull fracture, and there was bruising on the top of her head.

4 INJURED IN DOG ATTACKS NEAR LA SCHOOL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say four people were hospitalized after being attacked by a pack of dogs near a Los Angeles elementary school.

KABC-TV says five German shepherds started attacking parents and children as students were being let out from Manhattan Place Elementary School on Tuesday.

One person was taken to the hospital following the first incident, which happened around 1 p.m. Then a few hours later, KABC says, at least three more people were rushed to the hospital after being attacked in the same area.

Police Sgt. German Hurtado says officers responding to a call about a vicious dog attack cornered three of the German shepherds. The dogs were picked up by animal control authorities.

Investigators have been unable to track down the owners.

QUARANTINE FOR CITRUS PEST GROWS IN CENTRAL CALIF.: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Efforts to contain a tiny bug that can devastate the state's citrus industry are increasing since the recent trapping of another one of the insects in Tulare County.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture now has a quarantine measuring 86 square miles in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley citrus belt. Additional smaller quarantines are in place in neighboring Fresno and Kern counties.

The Asian citrus psyillid is capable of carrying a disease commonly called citrus greening. It turns fruit bitter before killing the trees, and has devastated groves across Florida and Brazil.

The disease has been detected once — in a backyard tree in Hacienda Heights near Los Angeles.

All of Southern California is under a state quarantine.

The quarantine regulates the movement of trees and fruit.

 

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