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24-YEAR-OLD CHARGED IN DEATH OF BABY

A grand jury indicted Jeremiah Kirkpatrick, 24, on a first-degree murder charge Tuesday in the September death of 13-month-old Jasmine Chambers. The Pasco Sheriff's Office says the mental health technician admitted he struck the infant's head, threw her on the couch, dropped her in a bathtub and squeezed her until she stopped breathing, saying he "snapped" because she would not stop crying. The grand jury handed up another first-degree murder indictment, but it will remain sealed until it is served. Prosecutors would not discuss the case, but said that defendant is not yet in custody.

NEW PORT RICHEY

No call home, so costly gulf search

Charles Jackson drifted into the gulf Sunday morning on a 6-foot boat with a rainbow-colored sail. He told his wife he would be gone four hours. When he didn't show up, she called authorities. The U.S. Coast Guard searched for Jackson, 35, a New Port Richey resident, over two days and nights, through choppy seas and 20-mph winds, with three boats, three helicopters and a C-130 airplane. On Tuesday morning, Jackson came home. He had been towed to Hudson on Sunday, where he'd been staying with a friend the past two nights. He had never called his wife. "A 25-cent phone call would have saved $100,000," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Tasha Tully, referring to the cost of the search, which was also conducted by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Jackson refused comment.

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