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5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The girl, who was attacked by at least one or more dogs has been stabilized, after being taken to the hospital in critical condition on Wednesday evening in Charles County, Md., officials said Thursday morning. 

The incident took place at a home in the 8600 block of Billingsley Road in Bennsville, MD.  The child, who was said to be in critical condition, was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC.

The girl was supposed to be under the supervision of her mother's boyfriend at the time of the attack.  The boyfriend lost sight of her and later found her laying face down in the backyard where she had already been attacked, according to officials. 

Charles County Animal Control has taken three dogs into custody.  A pit bull, a bulldog, and a cane corso are the breeds suspected to be involved in the attack. 

Dead man found dangling from Calif. high rise

(USA TODAY) -- An apparent graffiti tagger was found dead in a rope harness on the side of an 18-story office tower near the California Capitol on Monday morning, Sacramento police said.

The unidentified man's body was reported dangling at 7:45 a.m. PT around the 14th floor of the the 1201 K Tower, home to lobbyists, public relations people and lawyers. Police said it appears he was accidentally asphyxiated when he rappelled from the top of the 240-foot building, which is two blocks from the Capitol.

The building had not been defaced, but spray paint and an etching tool were found on the roof, said Officer Michelle Gigante.

The man, who appeared to be in his 30s, had looped two ropes into a harness similar to what rock climbers use and connected it to a window-washer's hook on the 17th floor.

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Suspect Sought in DC Jewelry Store Burglary

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a burglary at a Northwest jewelry store. 

The burglary occurred on Wednesday at approximately 10:20 a.m. in the 1200 block of G street, N.W. The suspect smashed a display window of a jewelry store and removed several rings and fled the scene, DC Police said. 

Police are describing the suspect as a Hispanic male in his early to late 20's, approximately 5'3" to 5'6" in height, slim build, with curly black hair. 

He was last seen wearing dark pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, and a navy blue coat with horizontal stripes, police said. 

Anyone with information can call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. 

Japanese Tea Ceremony Celebrates Cherry Blossom Festival

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) ---  The 101st National Cherry Blossom Festival offers locals a viewing of a Japanese Tea Ceremony.

At the Japan Information and Culture Center, a local Japanese tea club shows what it takes to prepare and offer tea to your guests. The preparations are a part of an ancient tradition dating back to feudal times in Japan.

The tea rituals of cleaning the bowl and other acts embody a set of values known as Chado or "the Way of Tea." These values celebrate mental tranquility, purity and harmony.

Special Surpise for College Hopefuls

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Going to college just got a lot less expensive for eight high school seniors in the District.Today when they found out that they are getting full scholarships to George Washington University.

Briana Whitfield couldn't have asked for a better surprise this morning. The senior at Roosevelt High School is getting a full scholarship to George Washington University through the Stephen Trachtenberg Scholarship Program.

It's an opportunity that was years in the making. She says, "Since I was in middle school, I've been working on my grades, my extracurriculars, my volunteer hours, so it's something I've been planning for." 

Whitfield couldn't have asked for a better surprise this morning. The senior at Roosevelt High School is getting a full scholarship to George Washington University through the Stephen Trachtenberg Scholarship Program.

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two children were found wandering in a neighborhood in Manassas on Friday morning, Prince William County Police said in a news release. 

The mother, Esmeralda Carolina Acosta Montoya, 28, of Manassas, was arrested about 45 minutes after police were notified that the kids were missing, police said. 

It happened at around 10:28 a.m., when a person called police, informing them that the caller had found the two children wandering, police said. 

"The caller located two children, a 3 year old girl and 5 year old boy, walking the area above unsupervised. The caller took the children to nearby Westgate Elementary School where police were notified. The investigation revealed that the accused had left the children in a locked room of the residence while she was gone for about for two hours," police said. 

Charged with two counts of felony child endangerment and she has been released on a $4,500 bond.