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COUGAR MAULS 4-YEAR-OLD AT KIDS' PARTY

A 4-year-old girl was mauled at a children's birthday party by a cougar a wild animal trainer brought in to entertain the youngsters, authorities said.

The girl was attacked on Nov. 18 at the home of Goya Foods president Francisco Unanue during a party for his daughter, 7. The 4-year-old suffered severe cuts to her face and ear. Doctors sewed back part of a severed ear.

Police said Wild Animal World owner and trainer Corinne Oltz removed the leashed cougar from its cage to show it to the children, but the girl startled the animal. The declawed cat seized the child's head with its teeth.

The cougar was later destroyed.

State wildlife officials said Friday they were considering charges against Wild Animal World, whose Web site says it offers a "wide variety of educational, exciting and professional interaction with exotic animals." Oltz was cited for a wildlife cage violation in a similar attack in 1999.

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Police arrest brothers in 8-year-old's slaying

Police arrested three brothers Friday in the case of an 8-year-old girl killed when 25 shots were fired into her grandmother's home in July.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said Rasheem Diquone Dubose, 22; Terrell Devon Dubose, 20, and Tujuan Arkeem Dubose, 18, were arrested in the July 26 slaying of Dreshawna Monique Washington Davis. State Attorney Harry Shorstein said he would seek first-degree murder indictments.

The three were already in jail on unrelated burglary charges.

Police say the shooting was a retaliatory strike against Dreshawna's uncle. The girl was watching a video with some cousins when the fusillade was fired from a passing car.

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