Energized high schoolers rally across US in school walkouts

first_imgRoss Taylor/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Thousands of high school students — many still far from voting age — were streaming out of schools across the country on Wednesday to protest against gun violence in the wake of last month’s mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.“I’m just mad there’s no action by our government representatives,” Daniel Rogov, a junior in Brooklyn, New York, said on Wednesday.“It’s all ‘thoughts and prayers.’ It’s all talk,” he told ABC News. “After a gun violence tragedy, there’s a speech talking about how we need change, but there never is change.”The event, which began at 10 a.m. across every time zone, was officially scheduled to last 17 minutes — one minute for each of the victims gunned down in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. But many students were rallying for much longer.To the students at Stoneman Douglas, Daniel’s message is to “keep making your voices heard.”  “While the politicians might stop talking about this, we’re not done.”More than 3,000 walkout events were registered to take part in Wednesday’s call on Congress to pass tighter gun control laws, according to ENOUGH National School Walkout, the event organizers.The walkouts were across the nation — from Michigan to Maryland, from Colorado to California, from the White House to Washington state.“Remember why we are walking out,” Stoneman Douglas survivor Lauren Hogg wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “We are walking out for my friends that passed, all children that have been taken because of gun violence. We are walking out for the empty desks in my classes, and the unsaid goodbyes. This epidemic of school shootings must stop.”In Washington, D.C., a huge crowd of chanting students gathered in front of the White House. Once the clock struck 10 a.m., the students silently sat down with their backs to the White House.Even though most teenagers can’t vote, “we just want the White House to hear us,” Abby Silverman of Bethesda, Maryland, told ABC News outside the White House.Kevin Butler told ABC News he came to the White House to “make sure there are stricter gun laws,” and even though the president wasn’t there during the sit-in, Kevin said he thinks their voices will be heard.From the White House, the students marched to a rally at Capitol Hill.At one school in Evanston, Illinois, about 3,000 of the 3,500 students walked out, the school said.“We should come to school and be protected, not where we have to come to school and fear for our lives,” Evanston student Alexis Harris Dyer told ABC News. “We are all gathered together to show that we care, to show that we have voices. We are young people, and we are passionate about what we have to say.”At the massive walkout was a massive call-in, as students flooded lawmakers’ offices all at once with calls for gun reform.“I’m a high school constituent of [Gov.] Bruce Rauner,” one teen said on the phone. “I’m calling to request that you take action to reform our nation’s gun laws.”“Often our words are ignored,” Dyer said. “So I think this is a way where we can actually be taken seriously.”Student Emma Stein added, “I hope to inspire the next generation of voters and get young people engaged in the political process and to hold their representatives accountable.”At a rally in Denver, high schooler Jlynn Terroade said, “It’s really important for students to exercise their rights and be activists for what they believe in. That’s what today was all about.”“Our Second Amendment seems to seem to care about guns more than students,” Terroade told ABC News. “We have to empower ourselves.”Another Colorado student, Adriana Strode, added, “You don’t want your brother, sister, your daughter to be the next victims of a mass shooting.”Women’s March Youth Coordinator Tabitha St. Bernard Jacobs, one of the few adult allies guiding the students in the youth-led movement, told ABC News before the event that while the walkout was sparked by the Florida school shooting, the event is about pressuring Congress to act against gun violence overall.She said the walkout was a way to shed light on the kind of gun violence that exists not just in schools, but every day — shootings that affect communities of color or devastate cities such as Chicago.How participants spent those 17 minutes of the walkout was up to them, St. Bernard Jacobs said. Some people were doing a lie-in, while others held rallies, she said.Thousands of miles away from Parkland, Florida, at a Southern California school, students placed 17 empty desks in the quad, each with a flower and a picture for the 17 shooting victims.At one Michigan high school, the names of all school-shooting victims were read as students walked out in silence, according to the school.Students from around the world were also eager to participate.Students at the Zurich International School in Switzerland took part, gathering outside in the shape of a peace sign. Students snapped this photo via a drone.“I’m really proud of our two students who organized the event and took the photos,” Upper School Principal John Switzer said via email.Izzy Harris, a student at the American School in London, said students at her school, including herself, walked out “to demonstrate that the U.S. government needs to make changes to their gun laws.”“Although we are not directly affected in the U.K., a number of us are American and have many connections to the U.S.,” she told ABC News via video.While many school districts were supportive of the protests, some schools had threatened to discipline students participating in walkouts.At the high school on a South Korean base where U.S. military forces are stationed, officials warned students not to walk out, saying policy prohibits protests on U.S. military installations.“Seoul American High School will maintain a roster of any student who walks out of class and will provide that list to the Yongsan Garrison Command Team to determine if any further steps are warranted,” Principal Donald Toy Williams Jr. wrote in a memo to parents and sponsors posted on the school’s Facebook page on Wednesday. “We would also like to note that any student who leaves campus during the walkout time will be dealt with by the military police who will take their name, information — and then escort them back into school control immediately.”In Plainfield, Illinois, where some students had planned to walk out, doing so came with a guideline.Students who wanted to participate in the walkout also had to attend an after-school discussion with state legislators to discuss issues that relate to school violence, such as the political process, school safety, gun control and what influences politicians, Plainfield School District Superintendent Lane Abrell told ABC News.A student who walked out but did not attend the discussion with state legislators would get a one-hour detention, Abrell said.Abrell said the walkout “doesn’t really solve the issue,” and the meeting with local legislators is a way for students who genuinely are passionate about the cause to learn how school violence issues can be solved.The American Civil Liberties Union said schools could punish students for missing class for walkouts, but the punishment should only be because students missed school — and not as a harsher punishment because the students participated in a protest.Dozens of colleges and universities had said they won’t penalize applicants who are peaceful student protesters.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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Record rainfall in Houston as searing heat lingers out West

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Severe storms on Wednesday that stretched from Colorado to New Jersey dumped a record rainfall on Houston, with some areas seeing up to 8 inches.On America’s birthday, 77 damaging storms were reported, including two tornadoes — one in Florida, another in Texas — that did damage.Some flooding is possible on Thursday with severe storms across the Northeast, Ohio Valley, Gulf Coast and into parts of the Rockies. Elsewhere, soaring temperatures are popping up throughout the U.S. as 23 states from California to Maine are under fire alerts.More than 60 wildfires are burning throughout the U.S., most of them in western states from California to Texas, where record heat and wind speeds may exacerbate the threat level.Some areas may see gusts of 20 to 50 mph and a relative humidity of about 5 percent. Even in Los Angeles, temperatures may exceed 100 degrees on Friday.In the eastern U.S., the oppressive heat will continue from Arkansas to Maine.Nashville on Wednesday recorded its hottest day in six years — 99 degrees, with a heat index above 100.Heat indexes on Thursday are again expected to exceed 100 for much of the Midwest.Temperatures are expected to take a slight dip soon, offering a break from the heat.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

One dead after car explodes in suburban Pennsylvania neighborhood

first_imgRich Rolen via ABCNews.com(ALLENTOWN, Pa.) — A car explosion late Saturday in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has killed at least one person.The Allentown Police Department confirmed one person died in the blast that took place at about 9:30 p.m. There is no word on any further injuries.Photos of the scene showed debris from the car strewn across the block.Philadelphia ABC station WPVI reported the blast shook windows of houses in the neighborhood.It is not clear how or why the explosion happened.The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are both on scene investigating the incident.“FBI personnel have responded to the scene of an explosion in Allentown,” the agency said in a statement on Twitter. “We are working with our law enforcement partners to assess the situation & determine the cause, with public safety the Bureau’s highest priority.“Anyone who witnessed or has information on the blast who has not yet spoken with investigators is asked to contact us as soon as possible at 215-418-4000 or http://tips.fbi.gov,” it continued.The Red Cross also tweeted it had set up a temporary shelter in the area. The area surrounding the explosion has been cordoned off by authorities for blocks.“The Red Cross has a temporary shelter open at Cleveland Elementary School, 424 N. 9th St., Allentown, for anyone displaced by the ongoing police incident from Saturday evening,” the tweet said.Allentown is located in eastern Pennsylvania, about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Relentless California wildfires leave 82 dead, almost 700 unaccounted for

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of ferocious wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains close to 1,000 as of early this morning.The two monstrous blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 82 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 64 of the remains have been positively identified so far.The vast majority of the deaths — 79 total — were due to the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildland fire in the state’s history.The number of people missing or unaccounted for in Butte County was 1,202 as of Sunday but decreased to 699 on Monday evening, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.President Donald Trump arrived in California on Sunday to survey the devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.The president stopped first in Paradise, where he called the damage “total devastation.”“We’ve never seen anything like this in California,” Trump said.The president later visited Malibu to tour devastation from the Woolsey Fire.Meanwhile, the smoke from the flames has descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities, including San Francisco. Officials have advised residents in the affected areas to remain indoors and wear a protective mask outside.The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for California through Sunday as humidity drops and wind gusts could get up to 40 mph in the Camp Fire zone.The Camp Fire in Northern CaliforniaThe Camp Fire ignited Nov. 8 near Pulga, a tiny community in Butte County nestled in the Plumas National Forest. The blaze exploded as strong winds fanned the flames southwest, enveloping the town of Paradise, a bucolic community of 27,000 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills.The fire has virtually decimated the entire town.Melissa Schuster, a Paradise town council member, said her house was among those leveled by the Camp Fire.“Our entire five-member council is homeless,” Schuster said in a Nov. 13 interview on ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast. “All of our houses have been destroyed.”The death toll from the Camp Fire increased to 76 on Saturday, after officials found still more bodies in the burned-out rubble of homes and melted cars, according to the Butte County sheriff, who has warned that the remains of some of the missing may never be recovered due to the severity of the fire.The Camp Fire had burned more than 149,000 acres as of Saturday evening, and destroyed nearly 13,000 structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.Thom Porter, chief of strategic planning for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the body count is expected to climb higher as search crews continue sifting through the destruction.“It is by far the most deadly single fire in California history and it’s going to get worse, unfortunately,” Porter said of the Camp Fire.Many of the deaths have taken place in Paradise.“The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now,” Schuster said, holding back tears. “In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don’t know at this moment and that’s something that has to be determined before people can move back in.”The Camp Fire, which has scorched a total of 149,000 acres in Butte County, was 55 percent contained Saturday evening as thousands of exhausted firefighters work around the clock to quell the inferno, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.Two prison inmate firefighters were among a total of three firefighters who have been injured while battling the Camp Fire, officials told ABC News.Earlier this week, Gov. Brown toured the devastation caused by the Camp Fire along with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.“This is one of the worst disasters I’ve ever seen in my career, hands down,” Long told reporters at the scene Wednesday.The Woolsey Fire in Southern CaliforniaThe Woolsey Fire also ignited Nov. 8 near the city of Simi Valley in Ventura County and rapidly spread south to Los Angeles County. The wind-driven flames jumped the 101 Freeway before sweeping through the celebrity enclaves of Malibu and Calabasas.The entire city of Malibu and a sprawling naval base near the seaside city of Oxnard were among the areas under mandatory evacuation orders, as officials warned the blaze could potentially spread all the way to the Pacific Ocean.Evacuation orders have since been lifted for some areas, including parts of Malibu, as firefighters successfully stretch containment levels.The Woolsey Fire, which has torched a total of 96,949 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, was up to 88 percent containment by Saturday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.In all, 1,130 structures have been destroyed and another 300 have been damaged, as of Sunday morning.The blaze burned down a portion of Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills known as “Western Town,” where hundreds of movies and television shows, including HBO’s “Westworld,” have been filmed, dating back to the 1920s.The Woolsey Fire has been blamed for the deaths of at least three people, and three firefighters sustained injuries while battling the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.A public health emergencyU.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has declared a public health emergency in California, where the wildfires have forced the evacuation of at least two hospitals and eight other health facilities.“We are working closely with state health authorities and monitoring the needs of healthcare facilities to provide whatever they may need to save lives and protect health,” Azar said in a statement Wednesday. “This declaration will help ensure that Americans who are threatened by these dangerous wildfires and who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have continuous access to the care they need.”Smoke advisories have been issued for the affected region amid concerns that smoke from the fires could present a “significant health threat” for people with asthma and other lung conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Residents have been urged to stay indoors as much as possible and to wear a properly fitting mask when venturing outside.Berkeley Earth, a California-based nonprofit that analyzes air quality in real-time, ranked San Francisco, Stockton and Sacramento as the world’s three “most polluted cities” on Friday morning.National Weather Service meteorologist Aviva Braun told reporters that light winds have contributed to the poor air quality but, on Saturday, stronger northeast winds mixing in the valley should help improve conditions.Meanwhile, there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter in Butte County housing evacuees, according to Lisa Almaguer, public information officer for Butte County Public Health.People who are ill at the shelter have been taken to a separate location, are using separate restroom facilities and are being cared for by public health experts, according to Almaguer, who said the presence of the contagious virus is “not uncommon,” especially at this time of year and “with hundreds of people living in close quarters.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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CA university offers off-campus finals after second mass-shooting threat in a week

first_imgKABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — California State University, Northridge said it will be administering final exams off campus, beginning Wednesday, after receiving a second mass-shooting threat in less than a week.University officials told professors to offer online or off-campus alternatives for finals after a student discovered a handwritten letter on Monday warning of a campus shooting.“While law enforcement does not believe there is an imminent threat to campus, I recognize the extreme stress and anxiety the recent threats of violence have caused our community,” Cal State, Northridge President Dianne Harrison said in a statement on Tuesday. “CSUN Police and partner law enforcement agencies continue to investigate the threats and maintain their increased patrols across campus.”Professors also will offer alternative exam options Dec. 12-18 for “students who are not comfortable coming to campus,” according to the statement.“Students should contact their instructors to request alternative arrangements,” Harrison said. “Any student requesting such an accommodation will not be subject to any instructor-imposed penalty.”The Northridge campus will remain open, however, and employees with concerns were encouraged contact their supervisors, according to the statement.Less than a week ago, the first threat, a racist message scrawled on a bathroom wall, also warned of a mass shooting on the first day of finals.“Hate has no place on this campus, and we are working to bring any perpetrators of these cowardly acts to justice,” Harrison said. “We are resolute in our duty to not allow these threats to derail our students’ education.”Officials didn’t say whether the incidents were connected.Denise King, a freshman at Northridge, told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that the incidents had the campus on edge.“Every threat should be credible and taken into consideration and investigated,” she said, “and anything that can be done to stop it should be done, even if it’s not real.”“I can’t believe this is still continuing. They haven’t found the source of where it’s coming from,” another student, Preston Steinberg, added. “I just hope they find who it is.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Police find WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle’s niece after she was abducted in PA

first_imgPennsylvania State Police(PITTSBURGH) — Police have found a 16-year-old girl safe and taken her ex-boyfriend into custody after she was allegedly kidnapped from her home Wednesday. The teen, who is the niece of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, was brought to safety from a home where the boyfriend, 19-year-old Jermaine Rodgers, had holed up, according to Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE-TV. A SWAT team went in and was able to apprehend Rodgers. Angle confirmed she was found safe in a Facebook post at about 6 a.m. on Thursday. “My niece has been found,” he wrote. “Just wanted to say thank you to all those who have prayed and have shared posts to help locate her. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Police for your persistence in finding my niece. My family is truly appreciative. Love you all.” According to WTAE, another missing woman was also found in the house where Rodgers was hiding. Angle made a heartfelt plea on social media Wednesday afternoon, asking fans to help search for his teenage niece. “My beautiful 16-year-old niece Marjani Aquil got abducted today by a 19 year old guy. Please call the police if you have seen this girl,” Angle said in a Facebook post late Wednesday. In a subsequent post, the wrestling star and 1996 Olympics gold medalist thanked his followers for their encouraging words and urged them to “continue sharing” Aquil’s story. “Please continue sharing. Thank you all for your support,” he said. “Uncle Kurt Loves you Mini. Come back home to us safely. Please lets find my niece.” Aquil went missing from her Pennsylvania home on Wednesday afternoon, according to her parents, with police in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, saying she appeared to have been abducted by an ex-boyfriend. Rodgers was convicted on charges of kidnapping a minor in January 2018, court records show. Rodgers was sentenced in December to one year of probation and required to complete a batterer’s intervention program, WTAE reported. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and have no contact with the victim, according to the report. Court records do not indicate the victim of the previous kidnapping. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

11-year-old Amberly Barnett murdered, left in Alabama woods; man in custody: Sheriff

first_imgAlabama Law Enforcement Agency(DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.) — A man is facing a capital murder charge after an 11-year-old Georgia girl was killed and left in the woods behind his Alabama home, officials said.Amberly Barnett was last seen alive on Friday at her aunt’s house in DeKalb County, Alabama, reported ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.Her body was found Saturday in a wooded area about 200 yards behind the home of suspected killer Christopher Madison, DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said at a Monday news conference.Amberly died from strangulation, preliminary results showed, according to Welden.Madison, 33, was charged with capital murder and is being held without bond, Welden said.“My heart is still shattered,” Welden told reporters.The sheriff declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.“I couldn’t have asked for a better daughter,” Amberly’s mother, Jonie Barnett, told WSB-TV in an emotional interview on Sunday. “Nobody should bury their 11-year-old child,” Barnett said. “She deserves more than justice. She deserves her life.”Welden said in a statement Saturday, “Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as we move forward during this tragic event.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Georgia police officer pinned, dragged by DUI suspect he was about to arrest, dashcam video shows

first_imgFedorovekb/iStock(ALPHARETTA, Ga.) — A Georgia police officer was seen on his own dash camera video being dragged by a suspect he was about to arrest for drug possession and driving under the influence.The officer conducted a traffic stop on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta, Georgia, on April 5 after he noticed the driver, 24-year-old Dennis Aguirre, driving “recklessly,” according to a press release from the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.Aguirre was then ordered to get out of his car after the officer suspected he had illegal drugs in the car and that he may be impaired due to his “responses and behavior,” authorities said.A struggle ensued while the officer was arresting Aguirre, who then got back into his car and attempted to drive off while the officer was still holding on to him, dragging him for several feet, according to the release. The officer then was able to turn the car off, authorities said.“Our officer’s arm was pinned inside of the car by the suspect, which is why he wasn’t able to let go and disengage from the suspect,” the release stated. “Once stopped, Mr. Aguirre continued to fight with and attempt to run with our officer until he was tackled to the ground and taken into custody.”Dashcam footage shows the officer struggling with the driver, who then accelerates the white sedan. After the car stops, the officer is able to get the suspect out of the car, but he breaks free just as the officer throws him up against a fence.The officer then tackles the suspect to the ground, and within seconds several more officers arrive and assist in the arrest.Aguirre and the officer suffered minor cuts and scratches from the incident. Aguirre was taken to the hospital before he was transported to jail, police said. The officer was checked out by paramedics on the scene and did not require a hospital visit.Aguirre was slapped with a laundry list of charges, including aggravated assault against a peace officer, driving with a suspended or revoked license, driving while under the influence, driving with an obscured or missing license plate, possession and use of drug-related objects, reckless driving, sale of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and willful obstruction of law enforcement, according to online jail records.Alpharetta DPS did not release the officer’s identity.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti takes ‘full responsibility’ after homelessness rises 12 percent

first_imgFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is highlighting the plans in motion to tackle the city’s homelessness crisis, which he described as “perhaps the most complex and difficult civic challenge” in a generation.Last week, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced that the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped 12 percent over the past year to a total of 58,936.Youth homelessness rose 24 percent, in part due to improvements in counting the population, and the number of seniors 62 and over rose more than 8 percent, according to the release.In an open letter to residents Tuesday, Garcetti wrote that the problem needs to be treated like “the humanitarian emergency that it is.”“That starts with me,” he said.More than 100 projects are in the works to help alleviate the problem, Garcetti said, adding that the “first job” is to build housing because “Angelenos are becoming homeless faster than we can provide housing for them.”The homelessness budget has increased to more than $460 million for housing and services, 25 times what it was four years ago, and the city is ahead of its goal to build 100,000 new units of housing, according to the letter.“As your mayor, I take full responsibility for our response to this crisis,” Garcetti said. “And like everyone who has seen families in tents or spoken to a homeless veteran in need, I am both heartbroken and impatient.”Garcetti also called upon the private sector “to do more” amid the city’s growing economy.“If you’re a business owner with a parking lot that goes unused at night, I’ll ask you to open it up to people who live in their vehicles and need a place to park,” he wrote. “If you’re an executive for one of L.A.’s many successful startup companies, I’ll ask you to hire homeless Angelenos and contribute to our cause. I’ll ask more landlords to work with rehousing programs, so that families experiencing homelessness can make it out of shelters and into homes.”A December report from a local pest control company hired by the city shows that the homeless population living near the civic center were creating a “harborage for rodents” in the City Hall due to poor sanitary conditions that include leftover food, human waste and hypodermic needles, according to the Los Angeles Times. The company recommended that the city clear away the homeless people living nearby, the Times reported.Statewide data shows that California has 129,972 homeless residents, the second-largest in state history after the Great San Francisco Earthquake struck in 1906, which resulted in more than 200,000 people losing their homes overnight, according to the letter.California Gov. Gavis Newsom has proposed to increase the state’s housing and homelessness funding to $1 billion.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dad welcomes leap day daughter on his birthday

first_imgDignity Health(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Like father, like daughter.Mercy San Juan Medical Center was the site of a one in two million double birthday on Saturday. Camila Peñaloza was due on March 3, according to her mother, Jennifer Rebollar Cortez, and her earlier birth coincided not only with leap day, but also her father’s eighth “leap day” birthday.Ivan Peñaloza, 32, called this extraordinary shared birthday an unexpected blessing.“I prayed to God for my little baby girl and now we are going to share this amazing bond for the rest of our lives and I am just so happy,” he said in a statement through the hospital.Hospital staff presented Camila with a leapfrog outfit and sang happy birthday to her and her father, according to Cortez.“Having a child is such a special experience already but it has been that much more magical,” she said in a statement.The odds of parents sharing leap day birthday are one in 2.1 million, according to the hospital.“We feel incredibly fortunate to share in this special, life-changing moment with this family. Our heartfelt congratulations and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness with their new bundle of joy,” Michael Korpiel, the president of the Mercy San Juan Medical Center, said in a statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more