Girl eats five soaps a week
FLORIDA: A 19-year-old girl in the US is getting treatment for her addiction of eating soaps and detergent powders.
Tempestt Henderson, from Florida, eats up to five bars of soap a week and washing powder as well, the Daily Mail reported here.
According to doctors, the toxic compulsion is a rare medical condition, PICA, which causes an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive.
People suffering form PICA have been known to compulsively eat metal, coins, chalk, batteries and toothbrushes. It can often be caused by a mineral deficiency, which explains why pregnant women often crave eating coal when needing iron.
"In the shower, I like to lather up a green bar of soap, and lick the bubbles. And as the soap disintegrates, I pop a tiny amount of the soap into my mouth and suck it. It's heavenly," she was quoted as saying.
"I love the clean feeling it gives me. Eating soap feels so much cleaner than just washing with it."
The doctor gave Tempestt intensive Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), to give her replacement thoughts that will prevent her from compulsively reaching for soap.
"I'm learning to think about positive things when I feel I need to eat soap," she said.
She has also been encouraged to go for long walks, avoiding places where soap is present, like bathrooms and laundrettes.
According to psychologists, Tempestt most likely turned to soap eating as a comforting coping mechanism when she found herself away from her family.
Cock stabs man to death
CALIFORNIA: A man was killed during an illegal cock fight - after one of the birds stabbed him in the leg.
The animal slashed Jose Luis Ochoa with a blade that had been strapped to its foot.
Ochoa had been fined only last year for being involved in the sport.
The 35-year-old was declared dead two hours after he was injured in California.
An autopsy found he had died of an accidental "sharp force injury to his right calf".
Other spectators fled when cops called to the fight showed up and found five dead roosters.
Cockfighting - where two specially-bred roosters are engaged in a pitched battle until one is incapacitated or killed - is illegal in the US.
700 kids exposed to sex creeps
VICTORIA: Victoria's government watchdog says at least 700 children have been exposed to sex offenders by the failures of police, the prison authority and child protection authorities.
Ombudsman George Brouwer lodged the damning report in State Parliament today, which found 379 sex offenders admitting being in contact with children.
He described the problems as a “systemic failure”, with the safety of children compromised by “bureaucratic procedures”.
Victoria Police has been slammed for leaving vulnerable children exposed to an unacceptable risk at the hands of sex offenders, and blasts Corrections Victoria for putting the rights of registered sex offenders ahead of the rights of vulnerable children.
Vicious assault on elderly woman
MELBOURNE: An elderly woman was sexual assaulted in a vicious abduction in Melbourne's southeast yesterday.
The woman, 86, was walking along Clayton Rd, Clayton, towards the train station when a man driving a light-coloured car approached her, reports Herald Sun.
The man spoke to the woman, enticing her into his car.
Sexual Crime Squad detectives believe he drove around for up to an hour and a half and sexually assaulted her during this time, the paper informed.
Police believe the woman was let out of the car in Clayton South and raised the alarm when she approached staff from an Osborne Rd factory.