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Police admit to mistaking Roberta Laundrie for Brian Laundrie during week he disappeared

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Police admit to mistaking Roberta Laundrie for Brian Laundrie during week he disappeared

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – North Port Police Department officials have told WINK that investigators made mistakes in Brian Laundrie’s case. The department said they thought they were keeping a close eye on Laundrie before he went missing, but actually confused him for his mother.

According to the North Port Police Department, police started watching the Laundrie family home after Petito was reported missing. Officers reported seeing Brian Laundrie leave in a gray Mustang Sept. 13, but spokesperson Josh Taylor said he thinks they mistook Brian’s mother for her son when the Mustang returned on Sept. 15.

“When the family reported him [missing] on Friday that was certainly news to us that they had not seen him,” Taylor said. “We thought that we’d seen Brian initially come back into that home on that Wednesday.”

The Laundries initially said that they hadn’t seen Brian since Tuesday, but later changed their statement to Monday.

How the mixup happened is not entirely clear. Taylor said that Roberta Laundrie was wearing a baseball cap and that the two are “kind of built similarly.”

“They had returned from the park with that Mustang. So who does that? Right? Like, if you think your son’s missing since Tuesday, you’re going to bring his car back to the home. So it didn’t make sense that anyone would do that if he wasn’t there. So the individual getting out with a baseball cap we thought was Brian,” said Taylor.

During a North Port police news conference on Sept. 16, Chief Todd Garrison voiced his frustration with the lack of answers on Gabby Petito’s disappearance.

Garrison added that there was no criminality suspected in the case at the time, and police were only investigating a missing person case with the sole focus of finding Petito.

A reporter asked Chief Garrison at the news conference, “Do you know where Brian Laundrie is right now?” Garrison responded, “yes,” apparently thinking he was inside the family home.

The Laundries’ family attorney Steve Bertolino confirmed the next day that the whereabouts of their son were unknown.

That statement came after police spent more than two hours at the Laundrie family home, at the family’s request.

NewsNation’s Brian Entin reported that police had kept tabs on Laundrie before he disappeared by placing surveillance cameras around his family’s home, but they missed him leaving to go to the reserve. Authorities said the lack of charges against Laundrie prevented them from taking more drastic measures.

“What I’ll say is that we were the ones doing everything in our power to get answers on this. If mistakes were made, there’s human error involved in every investigation. It certainly wasn’t from a lack of taking it seriously or hustle or knowledge. Sometimes things happen,” Taylor said.

According to Bertolino, Brian’s parents are “grieving privately in Florida,” with their daughter Cassie. So far, they don’t have a formal funeral plan for Brian.

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A teenager has died after being shot in southwest Denver and a juvenile suspect was arrested in the case.

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Alec Baldwin to ABC about shooting: “I didn’t pull the trigger”

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NEW YORK — Alec Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview airing Thursday that he did not pull the trigger on a prop gun he was holding on a New Mexico film set when it went off, killing a cinematographer.

“I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”

It is Baldwin’s first sitdown interview since the Oct. 21 shooting on the set of the western film “Rust.” Authorities have said Baldwin was told the gun was safe to handle but continue to investigate how a live round ended up in the weapon.

ABC released a clip Wednesday that shows Baldwin breaking down in tears while describing Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was killed on the set. Director Joel Souza was also wounded.

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Giants cagey about Daniel Jones’ neck injury as QB is limited in walkthrough practice

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Giants cagey about Daniel Jones’ neck injury as QB is limited in walkthrough practice

One Joe Judge comment stood out above all the others Wednesday.

The Giants’ head coach was asked if there is concern Daniel Jones’ neck strain could be a season-ending injury.

“At this moment, no,” Judge said.

The coach’s hedging provided an adequate summary of where Jones’ injury stands: somewhere in the gray.

The third-year quarterback — who is considered week-to-week, according to sources — was limited in a quick walkthrough practice. He conducted his weekly press conference and said he’s “feeling good” and “preparing to play” Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

But a lot of that felt like gamesmanship.

Judge prefers to keep injury information in-house. Since Jones’ injury got out, Wednesday felt like the Giants trying to overcorrect and create uncertainty for the Dolphins (5-7).

The Giants even waited longer than usual for the media to leave after the brief viewing period at the start of practice. The offensive huddle stayed on the sideline waiting for reporters to depart so they wouldn’t tip off which players took the field.

Jones always tries to play through injuries. His desire to play isn’t the issue, though. Backup Mike Glennon is still expected to start as the Giants (4-7) seek a second straight win.

“There’s a number of things the trainers and doctors want to see,” Jones said of his “sore” neck. “But my focus is to continue to improve and get better and put that [decision] in their hands come this weekend.”

Jones did say he doesn’t believe this is season-ending, although clearly there have been discussions the past couple days about just how bad it was.

“I don’t know,” Jones said. “I think there was obviously a series of tests and conversations with doctors, and I always understood it to be something I could recover from and get back out there.”

Judge said “we’re not gonna rule anything out right now” on Jones’ status for Sunday. However, the head coach admitted that the timing of Tuesday’s signing of quarterback Jake Fromm off the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad was motivated by Jones’ injury.

“When you first get any kind of flag on any player … you immediately say, ‘OK, what kind of insurance do we need for the game right now?’” Judge said. “And then it was an opportunity for us to add a player we liked in college and the draft.”

Fromm was not available to the media after his first practice with the team.

Jones, despite dealing with his neck injury, surprisingly has not been evaluated for a concussion during or since Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles, per Judge and the team.

The coach said he did not know about Jones’ injury until “our post-game injury report on Monday.” Asked if Jones had said anything about the injury during Sunday’s game, Judge said: “Nothing to me.”

Jones said he felt OK during the game even after sustaining the injury on the second play from scrimmage. Then “after the game it was sore” and “I woke up [Monday] and it was sore.”

The quarterback said he doesn’t want to miss time. He never does.

“I feel that responsibility to be out there,” he said. “I never want to miss games. As a quarterback you never want to miss any time. That’s my focus is to get back and be ready to play… My focus is to get back this week.”

The Giants have recent experience with rushing Jones back too quickly and seeing it backfire, though.

Last season, Jones played on a right hamstring strain in Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals. He couldn’t move, got tuned up by the Cardinals’ pass rush, and sprained his left ankle. He then had to sit out the following week’s 20-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

“I think every injury is completely independent of another one,” Judge said, when asked if the Giants had learned a lesson from last year. “The medical team’s got to do their job in terms of determining if somebody’s healthy enough to go on the field. And I’ll do my job of getting him prepared for football.”

Jones said there has been no discussion of any shot or painkiller being required to help him manage the injury. He said the Giants and Jones “have a pretty clear understanding of what it is” and now it’s “just about treating it.”

The quarterback stressed that he’s tried hard this season to protect himself better when running, though this is the second time this season he has gotten hurt by lowering his head forward.

“It’s something I’ve been focused on this season is to get down and avoid some of those hits,” he said. “I’ve just got to continue to do that. It can be tough at times, but it’s something you’ve got to be able to do.”

He’ll have to get better at it if he wants to use his athleticism to his advantage — that is, whenever he does get back in an actual game.

TONEY’S INJURY RE-CLASSIFIED

Kadarius Toney missed last Sunday’s win over the Eagles with what the Giants called a “quad” injury. On Wednesday, the team changed that designation to an “oblique/quad” injury, and Toney continued to sit out practice. Toney had pointed to his left hip when he got hurt in Tampa on Nov. 22, so it makes sense that his injury is more than a quad.

Since the start of training camp, Toney has missed practice or game time due to a positive COVID-19 test and injuries to his thumb, ankle, hamstring, quad and oblique.

Jones was the only player listed as limited in Wednesday’s walkthrough. A laundry list of players were non-participants: Toney (oblique/quad), wideout Sterling Shepard (quad), tight end Kyle Rudolph (right ankle), corner Adoree Jackson (quad), tight end Kaden Smith (knee), wideout John Ross (illness), edge Trent Harris (ankle) and special teamer Cullen Gillaspia (calf).

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