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Edd Sorenson/Cave Adventurers(NEW YORK) -- Exclusive video obtained by ABC News goes inside a murky, underwater cave in Tennessee during the daring rescue of a highly trained British diver who went missing while exploring.

Josh Bratchley, a member of the elite international team that helped save 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last summer, was rescued from the cave near Nashville on Wednesday night after disappearing on Tuesday.

The rescue video was filmed from the helmet of Ed Sorenson, a technical cave diver from Florida who located Bratchley and helped save him.

About 45 minutes into Sorenson's search, the video shows Bratchley, covered in mud, sitting on a ledge in the cave's air pocket awaiting rescue.

The video later shows the moment Sorenson surfaced with Bratchley.

"Thank you for still being here and calm," Sorenson told him.

Bratchley was evaluated by medical crews on the scene and determined to be in stable condition.

Sorenson said it was "very difficult" to find the British diver because conditions inside the cave were dangerous, and Bratchley's guideline to the surface had been broken.

"Rescues are very, very rare," Sorenson said on ABC's Good Morning America, "so any time I can bring somebody home back to their family and not in a bag, it's a great day."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A major storm is moving east, leaving in its wake at least 18 tornadoes and more than 300 damaging storm reports over two days in five states, as the East Coast braces for severe weather.

Nine of those tornadoes, reported Thursday, were in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, as parts of Arkansas saw half a foot of rain and flash flooding. A tornado watch in the region is in effect until 8 a.m. Central time Friday.

Severe storms are likely Friday from Pennsylvania to Florida, with the harshest weather visiting Virginia and the Carolinas. Wind gusts in excess of 70 mph are possible, as are tornadoes and flash flooding.

Farther north, the same system will deliver heavy rain from Virginia to Maine, which could see more than 3 inches in some areas. Flood watches have been issued in 11 states so far.

Washington, Philadelphia and New York City could see significant rain and potential flooding. Parts of Atlanta were without power around 6:30 a.m. Eastern time.

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Hamilton County Sheriff(CLEVELAND) -- Authorities indicted an Ohio man on fresh charges Thursday for allegedly impersonating Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who vanished in 2011 at the age of 6.

A federal grand jury indicted Brian Michael Rini, 23, on two counts of making false statements and one count of aggravated identity theft after DNA determined that he was not 14-year-old Pitzen.

Rini told investigators in Kentucky that he ran across an Ohio bridge to escape kidnappers who sexualy abused him. DNA testing established he was actually a convicted felon just released from prison.

He eventually confessed, telling investigators that he came up with the ruse to get away from his family.

FBI officials said Rini had portrayed himself as a child sex-trafficking victim on two prior occasions. In those instances, he was only identified once he was fingerprinted, according to the Department of Justice.

"Once law enforcement officers confronted Rini about his true identity, Rini immediately stated he was not Timmothy Pitzen," the Department of Justice said in a statement Thursday. "He allegedly said he watched a story about Timmothy on '20/20' and stated he wanted to get away from his only family. When questioned further, it is alleged that Rini stated 'he wished he had a father like Timmothy’s.'"

Pitzen vanished from Aurora, Illinois, after his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, took him out of school early in May 2011. She was found dead of an apparent suicide in an Illinois hotel a few days later.

Police said his mother left several notes behind, saying Pitzen was with people who loved him -- but he was never found.

Pitzen's maternal grandmother, Alana Anderson, said her family was devastated after learning about Rini's real identity.

"It's been awful. We've been on tenterhooks," Anderson said to reporters, adding that the family has been "alternatively hopeful and frightened." "My prayer has always been that when he is old enough, he would find us if we couldn't find him."

Rini was previously charged with one count of making false statements, but Wednesday's indictment included an additional count of making false statements and a new charge of aggravated identity theft. A federal magistrate ordered for him to be detained pending trial.

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Essex County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) -- A part-time philosophy professor was charged with attempted arson on Thursday after he entered a historic cathedral with gasoline and lighter fluid, investigators said.

Marc Lamparello, a former director of music at a New Jersey Roman Catholic Church, was arrested at the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Wednesday night after security stopped him with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, police said.

Sources with the New York City Police Department told ABC News that he also purchased a one-way ticket to Rome, which was scheduled to depart from Newark, New Jersey, on Thursday evening.

Lamparello, 37, was charged with attempted arson, reckless endangerment and some violations of city codes. He told police that he was taking a shortcut through church to reach his minivan, which he claimed had run out of gas.

"His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, that his car had run out of gas," NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller told reporters at a press conference Wednesday night. "We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody."

He was also arrested and charged with resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct on Monday after he allegedly refused to leave Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark.

Investigators said he was sitting in the cathedral for about an hour and refused to leave when the church was closing. When police officers ordered him to leave, he told them he still wanted to pray.

Officers said his intentions weren't immediately clear, though one police source noted “the timing is odd,” given that it occurred two days after the destructive fire at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Authorities said Thursday the fire at Notre Dame was likely caused by an electrical short circuit.

Miller said additional security had been added in the recent days after the Paris fire.

"This is an indicator of something that would be very suspicious," he said.

Investigators are still working to determine a possible motive, but Miller said he doesn't appear to be connected to any terrorist groups.

Lamparello is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the City University of New York. He also teaches at several colleges and universities, including Brooklyn College, Seton Hall University and Lehman College, which said it was working to terminate him in light of the charges.

"The individual was hired at Lehman College during this academic year and was a part-time online instructor this semester," Lehman College spokesperson Sarah Ramsey told New York ABC station WABC-TV. "We are taking the appropriate steps to terminate the individual's employment with the college."

The famous cathedral, which opened its doors nearly 200 years ago, serves as seat of the New York Archdiocese.

"I've come to trust what we've got at St. Patrick's Cathedral, not that we can ever take it for granted," Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, said Thursday. "Last night proves that it works. We've got a very well trained interior security staff, we've got the constant help of the NYPD, which usually has an officer on the block for ready assistance, we've got the ready attention of the FDNY."

"Does that mean it's fail safe? No, but that's why we come to church to pray for God's protection," he added.

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Courtesy Map Pesqueira(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A transgender ROTC cadet says he lost his military scholarship at the University of Texas due to the Trump administration's new policy toward transgender service members.

In the wake of President's Donald Trump's implementation of the policy first ordered with a tweet in July 2017, reversing an Obama administration rule and barring transgender individuals from joining the military, some have said this new policy has affected their ability to become service members.

Map Pesqueira said he received his ROTC scholarship in March 2018 before entering school this past fall as a double major in Radio, Television and Film, and American Studies.

A string of lawsuits were filed after Trump called for the ban in July 2017. A federal judge lifted the final injunction of the ban last month, allowing the Pentagon to proceed with its implementation of the new policy. In the meantime, four outstanding lawsuits will proceed in courts across the country with the plaintiffs arguing the ban is unconstitutional.

After the Pentagon announced in March that the new transgender policy would take effect on April 12, Pesqueira reached out to his adviser, who he claims told him that he would now be disqualified from military service. He was aware of the pending policy when he applied for the scholarship.

"The scholarship offer was contingent upon meeting the standards required of all prospective recruits and the student did not meet these standards," said Defense Department spokesperson Jessica Maxwell, adding that individuals with an interest in ROTC are often given tentative scholarship offers prior to screening against medical, academic and security standards.

"The student’s gender identity did not impact his status in the ROTC program," Maxwell added.

The new Pentagon policy bars transgender individuals who have received hormones or medical surgery related to their transition from service, as Pesqueira has done.

ROTC cadets sign a contract to access into the military at the end of their junior year, so they are required to meet the same standards as any other individual in the military.

Although Pesqueira acknowledged that no one at the Defense Department or University of Texas voided the scholarship, he said he knew he would lose it because he would not meet the new standards.

So the 19-year old from San Antonio decided to take matters into his own hands, creating a crowdfunding page last week with the intent to raise $20,000 to fund at least his sophomore year.

"I was relying on the scholarship to fund the rest of my three years at UT," Pesqueira told ABC News in a phone interview on Wednesday. "Now that I don't have it anymore, without some kind of financial support from a different scholarship or a fundraiser like this, there's no way I can come back to UT and be able to afford it."

As of Thursday evening, the campaign had already raised over $21,000, and Pesqueira upped his crowdfunding goal to $27,000 to cover the full cost of his sophomore year.

UT Austin always tries to "offer different avenues of help for students who face sudden changes that affect their access to a UT education," university spokesperson J.B. Bird told ABC News.

He declined to comment on Pesqueira's case, citing privacy laws, but said, "In situations like this, the university works hard to understand the implications of policy changes, which are not always clear, so we can work with students on next steps as needed. We want all of our students to be successful and are committed to helping them make this a reality."

"Our staff pro-actively engage with affected students to help them find the resources they need to get their degree," Bird added.

 With Trump's transgender troop policy a divisive political issue, Pesqueira's case caught the attention of some presidential candidates who rallied behind him.

Congressman Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, called on UT to make up for the lost scholarship money, tweeting, "It's not the students' fault they're losing these scholarships."

Castro met with Pesqueira on Thursday. The cadet tweeted that he was "looking forward to working with him on finding a solution to this discrimination."

Another presidential hopeful, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., tweeted a link to Pesqueira's story on Thursday, calling the Trump administration's new policy toward transgender service members "bigoted."

Pesqueira had planned to enlist into the Army as a signal or military intelligence officer with the ultimate goal of ending up in public affairs, he told ABC News. But given the new policy toward transgender individuals, he said he likely won't continue ROTC, saying he has to pay out of pocket for other classes.

 If the policy were to change to allow transgender service members, Pesqueira said he would consider joining the Army through Officer Candidate School or a ROTC program at a graduate school.

While some of his fellow cadets have expressed support, Pesqueira said "There are a fair share of cadets who are not supportive," including "unfollowing" him on social media.

But the cadet had high praise for his military faculty who he said have ensured he is not discriminated against in the program. He is also thankful to everyone has helped him along the way.

"There are no words to express my gratitude," Pesqueira said.

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f11photo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- They say everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to the populations in some of their biggest cities, the Census Bureau seems to agree.

New population estimate data shows that two of the three metropolitan areas in the country that gained the greatest number of people were in Texas, and three Texas metropolitan areas were in the top 10 nationwide for most people added.

The growth in the Lone Star State is reflective of larger estimated net population increases in southern and western cities and states, coupled with population decreases in the northeast.

In keeping with that trend, the New York-Newark-Jersey City area had its first estimated population decrease in years, according to the Census Bureau information, losing slightly less than 20,000 residents between 2017 and 2018.

Other cities that had the most significant decreases in population were Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Pittsburgh.

The area that had the largest overall decrease was Puerto Rico, including numeric population decreases in every city on the island.

The island as a whole had a population decrease of 129,848 between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. That time frame includes when Hurricane Maria barreled into the island, causing thousands of deaths and the relocation of many residents.

One aspect of the new data that stood out to Sandra Johnson, a Census Bureau demographer, was that the country's most populous cities were not the ones that experienced the most significant growth.

"Though no new metro areas moved into the top 10 largest areas, Phoenix, Seattle, Austin, and Orlando all experienced numeric increases in population since 2010, rivaling growth in areas with much larger populations. This trend is consistent with the overall growth we are seeing in the south and the west," Johnson said in a statement.

Overall, the Census Bureau found there was a positive total net migration in 2018, which means that more people moved into the country than left. The Census Bureau called that gain "roughly equivalent" with the net migration that occurred in 2017.

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Fedorovekb/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The shooting of an unarmed woman by two Connecticut police officers who opened fire on a car that she was riding in has prompted angry protests over the incident, which the mayor of New Haven called "police activity gone horribly wrong."

Stephanie Washington, 22, was was shot in the face early Tuesday morning in New Haven when an officer from the neighboring town of Hamden and another from Yale University unleashed a barrage of gunfire on the red Honda Civic that her boyfriend was driving, authorities said.

Washington was rushed to a hospital and is expected to survive, officials said. Her boyfriend, Paul Witherspoon III, was not injured in the incident.

"I thought I was already dead because he pointed [a gun] right at me," Witherspoon told ABC affiliate station WTNH-TV in New Haven. "My girlfriend was just yelling like, 'They shot me! They shot me! They shot!'"

The officers involved in the shooting have been identified by authorities as Devin Eaton, a member of the Hamden Police Department, and Terrance Pollock of the Yale University Police Department. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Connecticut State Police and the Connecticut State's Attorney's Office.

On Wednesday, protesters stormed the Hamden Police Department demanding Eaton be fired and for officials to release bodycam video of the shooting. Other protests broke out Wednesday at the scene of the shooting in New Haven and outside the home of Yale President Peter Salovey.

"Our relief that the young woman who was shot did not suffer life-threatening injuries must not signal closure, but rather an opening: now is the time for all of us — city residents, their elected leaders, community organizers, and the Yale community — to come together," Salovey said in a statement.

Yale officials released Pollock's name on Thursday.

The shooting unfolded at about 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday after Hamden police responded to a call of an attempted armed robbery at a gas station in Hamden, according to state police.

A car matching the description of the one leaving the scene of the attempted robbery was spotted on Dixwell Avenue in New Haven, state police said. This car turned out to be the Civic that Washington and Witherspoon were in. Eaton with help from Pollock blocked the car and the driver exited the vehicle, State Trooper Josue Dorelus told reporters on Tuesday.

Both Eaton, who drove up in a police SUV, and Pollock then opened fire.

 Video from a nearby surveillance camera, obtained by WTNH-TV shows Eaton jumping out of his SUV and firing into the driver's side door before running down the street. The video does not show Pollack, who was firing in front of the car, authorities said.

The video also appears to contradict initial statements from state police that Witherspoon exited the car as soon as the officers stopped him.

Pollock, a 16-year police veteran, was grazed by a bullet, but it was unclear if his wound was caused by a ricocheted bullet from his own firearm or from one fired by Eaton.

State police said neither Washington nor her boyfriend were armed and no weapons were found in the car.

During a news conference on Wednesday, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said she was "troubled, concerned and, quite frankly, outraged" by the shooting.

"This incident betrays police activity gone horribly wrong along the Hamden-New Haven line and now Stephanie [Washington], as well as many residents, her family, her friends, must live with the consequences and resulting uncertainty of what was by every definition an unacceptable response," Harp said.

She said New Haven's Chief Administrative Officer Sean Matteson and Interim Police Chief Otoniel Reyes would immediately begin working with neighboring law enforcement agencies to create a memorandum of understanding designed to "help guard against anything like this happening again."

"Second, it will help to address the justifiable and now amplified anger, frustration and distrust many residents have regarding the police," Harp said.

Hamden Mayor Curt Leng added, "We need to ensure that justice is done and this demands that we allow the state to complete this investigation then take action."

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department(LOS ANGELES) -- An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for a California teenager after investigators learned she was last seen with her mother and a man who are suspects in a murder and considered "armed and dangerous."

Alora Benitez, 15, was last seen around 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Torrance, California, accompanied by her mother, Maricela Mercado, and Roman Cerratos, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Mercado, 40, and Cerratos, 39, are suspects in a homicide that occurred on Tuesday in Carson, California, according to the sheriff's department. The victim, whose name was not released, was found dead in the front seat of a white Audi near a business district in the Southern California town.

"They are considered armed and dangerous," sheriff's officials said of Mercado and Ceratos in a statement.

Alora was last seen leaving Torrance with her mother and Cerratos in a white 2013 BMW, four-door sedan with the Nevada license plate MARIMAR.

"Los Angeles County Homicide Bureau is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Alora and safely returning her to her family," the sheriff's department statement reads. "Please do not take independent action, call 9-1-1 and alert local police or sheriff’s officials."

Homicide detectives learned that Alora was last seen with her mother and Cerratos while investigating the homicide Tuesday morning in Carson.

The murder victim, whose name was not released, was found bleeding about 3:30 a.m. inside a car parked in a business district, according to the sheriff's department. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff's officials initially said the victim had been stabbed to death but later told reporters that the cause of death was pending an autopsy.

Anyone with information on the missing girl can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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Woodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) -- Investigators from Woodland Park, Colorado, have ended their months-long search of a landfill for the body of missing mom Kelsey Berreth, police said.
 
No remains and no evidence relating to Berreth's death were found at the Midway Landfill, where police had been scouring for clues since Feb. 25, Woodland Park police chief Miles DeYoung said in a news release.

"This is not the outcome that we hoped for," the chief said Wednesday, "but we knew going into this search that there was a chance we would not locate Kelsey or evidence related to her disappearance."

The young mother vanished on Nov. 22, 2018. Berreth's fiancé and the father of her baby, Patrick Frazee, was arrested in December in connection with her death.

On Nov. 22, at Berreth's Woodland Park home, Frazee allegedly blindfolded Berreth and had her guess the scents of different candles, according to an arrest affidavit. While Berreth was distracted, Frazee allegedly hit her with a bat which ultimately killed her, the document said. He allegedly hit her so hard he knocked a tooth out, the document said.

The couple's baby was in a playpen in Berreth's back bedroom during the alleged murder, the document said.

Frazee allegedly burned Berreth's body in a black plastic bin on his property, according to the arrest affidavit.

Krystal Kenney, Frazee's ex-girlfriend, who investigators say claimed she cleaned up the gruesome murder scene, admitted in court to moving Berreth's phone from Colorado to Idaho, where Kenney lives. Frazee allegedly wanted Kenney to take Berreth's remains back to Idaho, but she refused, Kenney told investigators, according to the arrest affidavit.

Where the young mom's remains are is a mystery. Though the landfill search has ended, the investigation is not over, Woodland Park police said Wednesday. The department asks anyone with information to contact them at kelsey@city-woodlandpark.org.

Charges against Frazee include murder and solicitation to commit murder. He is expected to be arraigned next month.

Kenney pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with physical evidence. Her sentencing will take place after Frazee's criminal case has concluded.

Frazee and Berreth's daughter is in the custody of Berreth's parents.

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Kuzma/iStock(PERRIS, Calif.) -- David and Louise Turpin, the California parents who garnered national attention for torturing most of their 13 captive children, will face a judge for sentencing on Friday.

Meanwhile, the never-before-heard 911 call exclusively obtained by ABC News reveals the chilling moment one of the Turpin daughters turned her parents in.

"My parents are abusive," the 17-year-old girl told the dispatcher. "My two little sisters right now are chained up right now... they're chained up to their bed."

The Turpins are expected to each serve an indeterminate sentence of 25 years to life, making them eligible for parole hearings after the minimum time has elapsed, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in February 2019 after they pleaded guilty.

"Unless a parole board... decides they should be released, they will serve the rest of their life in prison," Hestrin said.

The Turpins were accused of abusing 12 of their 13 children, including in some cases allegedly shackling them and beating them routinely, prosecutors said.

The Turpins pleaded guilty to one count of torture and one count of dependent abuse as well as multiple counts of false imprisonment, child endangerment and adult abuse.

The couple was arrested in January 2018 after the 17-year-old daughter escaped their Perris, California, home and called 911.

That Turpin daughter told the dispatcher that she and her siblings lived in filth and that she hadn't bathed in nearly one year, according to testimony in court last year. The teen said she hadn't been to a doctor in five years and had never been to a dentist in her life.

The 17-year-old alleged that she and her siblings would be chained up for one or two months and only freed to brush their teeth or use the bathroom, an officer who interviewed the teen testified.

The teen told the 911 dispatcher, "sometimes I wake up and I can't breathe because because how dirty the house is."

Hestrin has called the Turpins' case "among the worst, most aggravated child abuse cases that I have ever seen."

The teen said she and her siblings never ate breakfast and would only eat peanut butter, bologna, a frozen burrito or chips for lunch and dinner, the officer testified.

When rescued, all the children except for the youngest, a toddler, were severely malnourished, prosecutors said. The eldest victim -- a 29-year-old woman -- weighed only 82 pounds.

The adult children are now healthy and moving on with their lives, their lawyer, Jack Osborn, said in February 2019.

The seven adult children were "relieved" their parents pleaded guilty, keeping them from the possibility of having to testify at a public trial, Osborn said.

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BSR Surf Resort owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. (ABC News)(WACO, Texas) -- The mother and father of a New Jersey man who died of a rare brain-eating amoeba after visiting a Texas water park have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

Fabrizio Stabile, 29, died from a brain infection on Sept. 21, less than two weeks after he was exposed to the rare but deadly Naegleria fowleri amoeba while surfing at BSR Surf Resort in Waco, Texas. People can contract the amoeba from contaminated water entering the body through the nose.

Testing conducted at the water sports facility by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found evidence of Naegleria fowleri in BSR Cable Park's natural body of water, according to the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.

Although the amoeba wasn't detected at the venue's Surf Resort, Lazy River and Royal Flush, the water at those three man-made attractions was cloudy, contained organisms indicating the presence of feces, had low chlorine levels and, when the water warms, would create conditions favorable to Naegleria fowleri growth.

The man's parents, Rita and Vincenzo Stabile, sued the water sports facility last week, claiming their son's death could have been prevented had the park "exercised ordinary care" to keep the water quality safe.

"BSR's blue-green dyed waves masked a pathogen soup in which Naegleria fowleri amoeba -- the 'brain-eating amoeba' -- could thrive," the lawsuit states. "Rita and Vincenzo Stabile have suffered severe mental anguish, grief and sorrow as a result of the death of their only son Fabrizio Stabile and are likely to continue to suffer for a long time in the future."

The family is seeking more than $1 million in monetary relief and demanding a trial by jury, according to the lawsuit.

Stuart Parsons, owner of BSR Cable Park and Surf Resort, said a new water filtration system has since been installed and he now feels "very comfortable" with the water conditions at his facility.

"When we find out that, you know, there was a chance that he could have got the, you know, the amoeba in our water, it really, you know, it shocked us," Parsons told ABC News in an interview airing Thursday on Good Morning America.

"It's something that can happen anywhere," he continued. "I just wanted to make sure that we were, you know, that we were covered."

Parsons reiterated that the testing didn't find evidence of Naegleria fowleri in the water where the man was surfing, but he said the tragic incident has made him aware of the issue.

"Nobody should have to bury their children," he told ABC News. "My heart goes out to Fab's family."

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Chanintorn.v/iStock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- A University at Buffalo student who was on life support after a "potential" hazing incident over the weekend died on Wednesday.

The school in western New York delivered the news that 18-year-old Sebastian Serafin-Bazanhad died in a statement.

"I am deeply saddened to share with you that UB freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan passed away today," University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi said in a statement. "Our hearts go out to Sebastian’s family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing. We extend our sincerest condolences to the Serafin-Bazan family and to all of Sebastian’s friends here at UB and in his hometown of Port Chester, N.Y. We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family."

Serafin-Bazanhad was rushed to Buffalo General Hospital after collapsing at Sigma Pi's fraternity house and placed on life support, according to Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW-TV.

At the time, the Buffalo Police Department referred to the incident as "an incident of potential hazing" in a tweet Friday afternoon.

The incident prompted Tripathi to immediately suspend all Greek life on campus and open an investigation into the incident.

The national chapter of Sigma Pi said on Saturday it was "gathering information and, if necessary, will provide further comment after all facts have been gathered."

The group reiterated that in a message of condolences after the student's death Wednesday.

"The entire Sigma Pi family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan," Jonathan Frost, executive director and CEO of Sigma Pi Fraternity & Foundation, said in a statement. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sebastian's family and friends during this extremely difficult time. We remain in communication with the Buffalo Police Department and University officials, and have offered our support for their ongoing investigation. We will be initiating an internal investigation and review once the police have concluded their fact-finding."

Authorities are still awaiting autopsy results to determine how Serafin-Bazanhad died.

Tripathi urged students to speak to someone if needed: "If you are struggling, please know that our university counselors are here to provide you support in the aftermath of this terrible loss. As we grieve Sebastian’s passing today and well beyond, it is my hope that each of us pauses to remind ourselves that we can only uphold our humanity by treating each other with dignity, compassion and kindness."

A Sigma Pi student at Ohio University died after an alleged hazing incident in November. The family of that student, Collin Wiant, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sigma Pi and another 10 unnamed individuals in February.

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Left to right: Maura Healy, 38, Stephanie Radke, 24, and Mariah Flemister, 20. (Downers Grove Police Department)(DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.) -- Police on Wednesday charged three women seen in a video force-feeding infants at a day care center.

Investigators said surveillance footage from Little People Learning Center in Downers Grove, Illinois, showed the employees giving infants solid food, holding their mouths shut and tilting their heads back as they cried.

Police in Downers Grove, about 25 miles west of Chicago, said the abuse occurred on multiple occasions between December 2018 and January 2019.

The suspects -- Maura Healy, 38, Stephanie Radke, 24, and Mariah Flemister, 20 -- each were charged with battery and endangering the life or health of a child, according to the Downers Grove Police Department.

"During the investigation, video from the daycare center showed each employee, on separate occasions, force-feeding the two infants under their care," the department said. "The charges were filed following an investigation into the reported mistreatment of two infants."

The facility, which said it fired the women in January when the abuse allegations surfaced, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

All three suspects were released on bond as of early Thursday and scheduled to appear in court in May. It's unclear if they've retained attorneys.

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TriggerPhoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A man was arrested in New York City on Wednesday night after he tried to enter a cathedral with gas cans, triggering worries about a possible arson attempt in the wake of a destructive fire at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Officers with the New York Police Department said they arrested a 37-year-old man outside of the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral after he entered the building with two gasoline cans, two bottles of lighter fluid and butane lighters.

A cathedral security officer stopped the man, who spilled some gasoline on the floor, and alerted counterterrorism officers who were standing nearby. An officer with the NYPD's Critical Response Command took the man into custody without incident.

The suspect is Marc Lamparello, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, according to two police sources.

There were no injuries reported.

"His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, that his car had run out of gas," NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller told reporters at a press conference Wednesday night. "We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody."

Sources with knowledge of the investigation told ABC News that the suspect was being treated as an emotionally disturbed person.

The man’s intentions were not immediately clear though one police source noted “the timing is odd,” given that we are two days from the fire at Notre Dame. There is no indication the cause of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire was arson.

When asked if terrorism was a possible motive, Miller said, "It's too early to say that. It's hard to say exactly what his intentions were."

Miller said security had been added in the recent days after the Paris fire.

"This is an indicator of something that would be very suspicious," he said.

The famous cathedral, which opened its doors nearly 200 years ago, serves as seat of the New York Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese confirmed the incident in a statement to ABC News.

"The individual was stopped as he tried to come into the cathedral. Was turned over to the police," the statement said. "Nothing happened inside the cathedral. Any further info has to come from the NYPD."

The suspect had not been charged with a crime as of late Wednesday night, but he is expected to be held for a psychiatric evaluation, police sources said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Severe storms moved through the central U.S., from Texas to Iowa, on Wednesday, bringing seven reported tornadoes -- four in Texas alone.

Overall, there were 130 storm reports for hail, some as large as baseballs, in Oklahoma and damaging winds gusting up to 74 mph in Texas.

The line of storms and heavy rain was moving through eastern Texas and Arkansas on Thursday morning with severe thunderstorm warnings and watches in effect.

The storm system will move further east Thursday afternoon into the Gulf Coast and will produce more severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail.

The tornado threat Thursday is higher than it was Wednesday, especially from Alexandria, Louisiana, down to New Orleans and east through Jackson and Biloxi, Mississippi; Montgomery, Alabama; and into the western Florida Panhandle.

By Friday, the storm system will move to the East Coast and the Southeast with severe thunderstorms expected from Florida to Delaware and heavy rain for the Northeast.

The biggest threat will be from Orlando, Florida, to Norfolk, Virginia, with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

The eastern U.S., from the Gulf Coast into the Northeast, can expect a lot of rain from this system.

There is a chance for significant river flooding for the Mid-Atlantic and part of the Northeast from Friday into the holiday weekend.

Some areas could see 3 to 4 inches of rain, making flash flooding a concern as well.

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