Here are the highlights from Tuesday morning’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, with John Dennis leading the discussion in place of Kirk Minihane, and Jerry Thornton joining in.
Atlanta parents of toddler killed in hot car researched child deaths
The parents of 22-month-old Cooper Harris, who died after he was left in a hot car by his father for seven hours, have confessed to having researched child deaths in hot cars prior to the incident, according to police reports.
“It was disturbing enough when you thought that maybe he had a girlfriend and wanted out from this,” Gerry Callahan said. “Now we think that they might be in it together? And they might be saying that they don’t want this kid anymore?”
The father, Justin Harris, said he forgot that his son was strapped in the car seat in the back of his vehicle and drove straight to work instead of dropping him off at day care first.
“That’s like [Luis Suarez] saying, ‘I fell down and my mouth bit his shoulder accidentally,” Dennis said.
Thornton added: ”It was disturbing enough when you gave him the benefit of the doubt and just thought he made a mistake.”
Officer’s conviction in cannibal case overturned
The 2013 conviction of former New York City police officer Gilberto Valle in a plot to “kidnap, torture, kill and eat women” was overturned by a federal judge on Monday due to a lack of supporting evidence.
Judge Paul G. Gardephe of Federal District Court in Manhattan granted Valle a verdict of acquittal on kidnapping conspiracy, the most serious count that he faced.
“You read about it you say, ‘He’s sick, he’s twisted. He didn’t do it,’ ” Callahan said.
No women were harmed in the plot, but prosecutors argued that Valle was immersed in a fetish website where he told people of his plans online.
“Did he have recipes in there?” Thornton asked.
“If he owned an NBA franchise would they take it away from him?” Dennis asked.
Callahan responded: “That’s a good question. Yes, they would, probably.”
Fans try to ditch work in time for U.S.-Belgium World Cup match
American soccer fans apparently are using all kinds of excuses to skip work in order to watch the World Cup match between the United States and Belgium on Tuesday afternoon.
The New York Post writes that John Matos of the Bronx will simply leave his hospital job early to watch the game at a local pub, saying, “I’m not worried about getting caught. It’s expected. They’d be proud of me.”
Another fan said he will leave work and come back because his boss “won’t be in.”
“I’m looking forward to watching this, I am, because it matters so much,” Callahan said. “It’s not a good DVR sport, Dino. There’s no way you can DVR it and go watch it at 7 o’clock tonight unless you lived in a cave. You’re going to hear it, you’re going to see it, someone is going to tell you what happened.
“As soon as you find out what happened. It’s ruined. It’s not like you hear what happened in a baseball game. It’s going to be 1-0 right? Maybe 2-0 at most. You miss the goal and that’s it, you’re done.”