January 17th, 2014
10:01 PM ET

Father of 4-year-old tortured to death while in prison released

(CNN) The father of four-year-old Myls Dobson has been temporarily released from jail, nine days after the toddler was allegedly tortured to death by his caregiver. Okee Wade was reportedly released by a judge so that he can bury his son.

The ordeal began in mid-December when Wade was arrested for alleged bank fraud, and Myls needed someone to care for him. It's not clear how he ended up in the care of 27-year-old Kryzie King - she says Wade left Myls with her - but what is known is little Myls suffered horrible acts of violence and neglect, allegedly at the hands of King. Police say he was bound, gagged, beaten burned and starved by King. She has pleaded not guilty to first-degree charges of assault.

Dad of tortured boy Myls Dobson to be freed from jail to go to funeral

Amid the abuse, Myles' mother Ashlee Dobson had been out of the picture. A spokesman for Dobson tells CNN she lost custody of her son for financial reasons. She last saw Myls in November.

There have been questions about how this young child was let down by so many adults. If, for instance, there was any suspicion of neglect, why didn't anyone in the family speak up? How did Wade end up with custody of Myles when he reportedly had a rap sheet with 13 arrests? And why didn't Child Protective Services intervene when Wade was arrested?

The latter question is one Dobson wants answered. "The city of New York put the child in the care of the father, who they knew was a felon," says Tony Herbert, who is advising Dobson and speaking on her behalf.

In the meantime, a young, innocent child must be put to rest. It seems the family, now that Myls is gone, is coming together to say goodbye. Whatever Wade's role may have been in leaving their child behind, Herbert tells CNN he is "certainly invited" to partake in burial services. "I would assess that it's open arms with regards to the fact that he's the baby's father and he's welcomed to be there," Herbert says. "The mother has been working with his side of the family… in identifying clothing that the baby is going to wear. She just wants to bury her son and with respect and honor."

The family plans on sending Myls to South Carolina to bury him in the Wade family plot. Services are scheduled for Tuesday.

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January 17th, 2014
09:24 PM ET

Happy Birthday Michelle Obama: Can 50 be fabulous?

Middle-aged, over-the-hill, senior, old or something else - What does turning 50 mean to you?

That is the question facing the First Lady Michelle Obama, who hits the big 5-0 today.

Michelle Obama 'fabulous' at 50: Has the big birthday changed?

People everywhere dread the half-century mark, but is 50 still a big deal?

Or is it true what they say and age is just a number?

OutFront: Co-host of the syndicated news magazine show "America Now," Leeza Gibbons, CNN commentator Michaela Angela Davis and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Coolio. All 50-ish.

Filed under: FLOTUS
January 17th, 2014
09:20 PM ET

Family of Ohio killer says execution was 'torture', plans to sue

A controversial dose of drugs is spurring new debate over the death penalty in America.

Ohio inmate and rapist Dennis McGuire is the first man in the U.S. to be put to death using a new two-drug combination.

Witnesses say he appeared to gasp and convulse for roughly 10 minutes before he died. McGuire's family describes it as torture. They are planning to file a federal lawsuit, saying the state violated the eighth amendment.

Controversial execution in Ohio uses new drug combination

"My dad began gasping and struggling to breath. I watched his stomach heave, I watched him try to sit up against the straps against the gurney." Dennis D. McGuire added, "I watched him repeatedly clench his fist, appeared to me he was fighting for his life, but suffocate; the agony and terror of watching me dad suffocate to death lasted more than 19 minutes."

Mcguire was convicted in 1994 for the rape and murder of a pregnant woman.

OutFront: CNN Legal Analysts Sunny Hostin and Paul Callan.

Filed under: Justice • News
January 17th, 2014
09:00 PM ET

California faces record drought as fire rages

The state of California is now declaring a drought emergency.

It is the driest that state has ever been since they started taking records about 100 years ago and the effects of this drought could be felt nationwide.

That is because California produces nearly half of the U.S. grown fruit, nuts and vegetables that this country consumes.

California fights wildfire, expects more as drought emergency declared

And the tinder-box that is California is fueling that's tearing through the foothills of Los Angeles.

At least 800 firefighters are trying to knock the flames down, which officials say were started by three men camping.

CNN's Kyung Lah has more OutFront.

Filed under: News • Wildfire
January 17th, 2014
08:50 PM ET

Student allegedly opens fire in Philadelphia high school gym

In Philadelphia, a student allegedly fired a handgun inside his high school gym, injuring at least two students.

2 students shot in Philadelphia high school gym; suspect nabbed

One suspect is now in custody, but police say they are searching for additional suspects as well.

CNN's Jason Carroll has the story OutFront.

Filed under: Crime • Justice • News • School Shooting
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