April 1, 2017 GMT

Prison officials OK hepatitis drug for Mumia Abu-Jamal

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania prison officials said they would soon begin giving expensive new medication to former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to treat his hepatitis C infection.

The Department of Corrections told a federal judge Friday that Abu-Jamal will be treated with an antiviral medication that can cost $50,000 to $60,000 per patient. Treatment will start next week.

Abu-Jamal filed suit in 2015 over his medical care. In January, Judge Robert Mariani ruled that he had a right to the hepatitis C drugs.

Corrections spokeswoman Amy Worden says inmates are prioritized for treatment based on the progression of the disease. She says based on recent testing, he’s now eligible.

The former Black Panther spent 29 years on death row for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner. His sentence was reduced to life without parole in 2011.


Mom trying to load kids in SUV hits, kills 6-year-old

CHESTER — Police in suburban Philadelphia say a mom loading her children into her SUV at the start of the school day accidentally backed over her 6-year-old daughter, killing the girl.

Police in Chester say the 29-year-old woman had put her 4-year-old in a back car seat Friday morning and was pulling out of a tight parking space to enable her other children to get into the vehicle.

They say that’s when the 4-year-old got out of the car seat and started lowering the window and trying to open the door.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

The mother tells police she thought she put the vehicle in park so she could deal with the 4-year-old, but it was actually in reverse. The SUV rolled back, hitting the 6-year-old and a 10-year-old who was not seriously injured.

The mother isn’t facing charges.