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August 18, 2001

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WASHINGTON: One of septuplets undergoes surgery

One of the septuplets born last month in a Washington hospital remained in critical condition Friday after undergoing abdominal surgery, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The baby boy, one of the seven children born to a Saudi Arabian woman, had developed an abdominal abscess that was drained over the weekend. His condition worsened Wednesday night, and on Thursday he had the surgery.

"This is not an unexpected complication for a premature baby," said Dr. Siva Subramanian, chief of neonatology at Georgetown University Hospital.

All of the septuplets five boys and two girls are in critical condition in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

CINCINNATI: Brother, cousin arrested in 8-year-old's death

An 8-year-old girl was beaten to death by her 11-year-old brother and 13-year-old cousin, who was also accused of raping her, police said.

Prosecutors said the 13-year-old was baby-sitting the victim, Takeya Bryant, and her 9-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother when the attack occurred Wednesday.

The boys were arrested Thursday and appeared in court Friday, where they were ordered to undergo psychiatric testing.

Police said the children's mother, African Evans, 29, was at work at the time of the attack.

The children had been taken from her custody in December for leaving them unsupervised, county officials said. They were returned to Evans without authorization by a relative, police said.

NEW ORLEANS: Court upholds writer's contempt citation

A federal appeals court refused to free a novice crime writer jailed for withholding notes from a grand jury investigating a 1997 Texas murder.

Vanessa Leggett, 33, has spent nearly a month in jail for failing to hand over the notes that contain information about the shooting and ensuing jailhouse suicide of Roger Angleton. He was suspected of being hired to kill the wife of his brother, Robert Angleton. Leggett is working on a book about the case.

"The district court did not abuse its discretion in ordering Leggett incarcerated for contempt," the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.

Leggett spoke to Roger Angleton just before he committed suicide. He left behind notes confessing to the slaying, saying he planned the murder and framed his brother.

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