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illinois police illinois police chased a stolen ambulance for 70 miles and nearly two hours. detectives say the thief took the vehicle from in front of a chicago fire house monday aternoon. the suspect eventually got out of the ambulance and tried to run. he was caught on a highway and hen taken away by ambulance to a hospital for observation. charges meanwhile are pending. now to the reprieve for a texas mother who had been facing the state's death chamber tomorrow. melissa lucio and her family are relieved after judges delayed her scheduled execution more than a decade after she was convicted of killing one of her children. but the case is far from over. here's abc's rhiannon ally. >> stay of execution granted. yes! yes!
yes! >> reporter: this morning, tears of relief from this texas family after hearing that melissa lucio's execution has been put on hold just two days before she was set to die for the murder of her daughter. >> the court of criminal appeals issued a stay of your execution for wednesday. [ crying ] >> reporter: texas representative jeff leach breaking the news in a jailhouse phone call. >> oh, my god! [ crying ] that is wonderful! >> reporter: abc station krgv was with the family when they learned the texas board of pardons and paroles has now ordered a court to consider new evidence in the case. her mother saying, melissa trusted in god. lucio, a mother of 14, was sentenced to death for the killing of her 2-year-old
daughter mariah in 2007. but her supporters say lucio's confession was coerced, and now a forensic expert says mariah's bruising was consistent with head trauma from an accidental fall. >> this is your chance to set it straight because right now it looks like capital murder. right now it looks like you're a cold-blooded killer. >> reporter: hulu helped shed new light on the case in a recent documentary, prompting rallies across the country. her family celebrating this big moment. >> we're going to believe in god, and we're continue believing in him and keep our faith up with him and keep on fighting this fight until we bring her home. >> there's a lot for people to learn about my mom. >> reporter: melissa lucio telling those who fought for her clemency. >> i just want to say thank you to everybody who has supported me. >> reporter: no word on a timeline for when the lower court will review the case. but lucio's lawyers say they are hopeful she will get a new trial. mona, andrew. >> rhiannon, thank you. now to another court case.
actor johnny depp has ended four days of testimony in his civil defamation trial against ex-wife amber heard. under questioning from his own attorney, depp tried to clarify text messages in which he suggested burning amber heard. depp said that those were just rumors and references to an old monty python movie. and this is how depp described heard's accusations of domestic violence. >> a blinding hurt. it was -- it was like somebody had hit me in the back of the head with a two-by-four. i -- >> depp said he filed suit against heard because he believed it was the only way to get his side of the story out. heard's attorneys meanwhile say depp's own actions are responsible for the damage he's done to his career, not anything heard has said or written about him in the past. heard is expected to testify this week. coming up, the tot who's being described as the big apple's biggest baby. >> with the biggest smile too. plus the effort to save the
rhinos in south africa. that's later in "that's wild." you're watching "world news now." ♪ scene 103, take one. here we go. my name is wesley, and i'm with my knucklehead brother. my friend nafi. my boyfriend doug. i thought we'd be on the same page about this and we're not. how do i know the way i'm going to respond to it? there's not that long term research out there yet. i don't want to be on the front line. but you're human.
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♪ baby, baby ♪ ♪ just like me i'm sure that they adore you ♪ oh, baby, baby. that's just what people are saying about little caisson prigo when they find out he's just 11 months old. >> that's because this pint-sized new yorker already looks like he's ready for preschool. our own will ganss is here with more on that. >> reporter: pint sized, maybe quarter sized. his mom t >> reporter: pint sized, maybe quart sized. his mom tells me an elderly woman was recently stunned, totally speechless when she found out that this baby behind me is only 11 months old. but mom says big babies run in the family. >> mwah. >> reporter: they say good things come in small packages, but baby kason is proof that adorable things come in slightly larger sizes. >> all you see is his chubby cheeks. he's in the stroller, and, oh, my god, he's so adorable. look at that cute baby.
>> reporter: he might wear a size t 2 or t 3 fit for a toddler, but kason is not a toddler. >> first question is, oh, how old is he? i'm like, oh, he's 6 months, 7 months, and they're like -- >> reporter: now he's 11 months old, and baby kason is tipping the scales at 30 pounds. he was born at a normal 7 pounds 14 ounces, and then he kept growing and growing. his older brother and sister were also big babies, not kason-big, but big. >> it was a pediatrician with my other two, so he saw it with my other two. he has no doubt he's going to shed the weight also. but there was a point in time where i'm just like, okay, what's going on, you know? he's big. >> reporter: the cdc says the average weight for an 11-month-old baby boy is 20 pounds, 8 ounces. are there days when you're like, okay, i don't have to go to the gym today because i've been hauling kason around? you've got to have muscle for a baby that size.
>> every day. like i think like my bicep, it's very strenuous. it's a lot. >> reporter: mom says baby kason is already losing that baby weight. >> i have two other ones and they start to get out of that baby phase and they grow up. i'm like, don't grow up. like don't lose it. >> reporter: for now, mom is happy to spend time with her big boy and sneak in an extra cheek squeeze every now and then. kason has now been introduced to solid foods. mom says he likes everything that she's made for him so far, but his favorite, guacamole. he's got good taste. >> expensive taste too. prices for avocados, guacamole, going up, up, up. >> got to charge extra there. >> listen, in my family, we love big babies, right? like if you have a thin baby, it's like you're starving your child. so like we add sugar to milk and like trying to fatten the baby up. >> don't you just want to squeeze those cheeks?
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♪ time now for "that's wild." we're starting with -- oh, what do you see there? >> i see that it's my read. >> oh, sorry. >> i actually could use these even with my glasses. we're starting with new hope for the threatened white rhino population in south africa. >> abc's matt gutman got to witness it with his own eyes. meet this adorable 3-month-old white rhino calf named lizzie. lizzie is the first baby rhino at krueger national park to come from orphaned parents and raised in captivity. >> lizzie is on the right. that's matt on the left. lizzie is also proof that orphaned rhinos can be successfully reintroduced into
the wild. that's good news for the park's population which has dropped as a result of poaching. you can catch the full story with matt later this morning on "gma." >> got to love it. next, back here at home to the frightening scene on one homeowner's doorstep. >> where do you think this happened? >> florida. fl. or florida? it's all three, of course. sheriff's deputies in flagler county just south of jacksonville responded to an animal problem, which ten out of ten times there is going to be an alligator. >> oh, boy. >> they captured this video of an alligator loitering on this doorstep late at night, appearing to be looking for a way inside. >> you guys, just yesterday i realized how fast these gators are too on land. so don't let those little legs fool you. and since gators aren't well versed in the particulars of the local loitering laws, this guy was eventually removed from the premises with the help of state fish and wildlife officers, who
are always busy in that region. >> you know, how can you be so sure that a gator wasn't trying to sell something too? all right. speaking of crashing the party, we're going under the sea for this next one. >> yeah, a diver from victoria, australia, says she was filming her diving partner having a quiet moment of contemplation with this golden spotted seahorse when this giant crab came storming down the coral. >> this is so cool. look at that crab, wow. >> oh. >> all right. >> oh, okay. and i thought everything was -- >> i mean, see, i'd be terrified by all that if i was scuba diving. >> oh! i thought they were so peaceful down there. sorry. finally to this baby spider monkey already primed for life as a superhero. >> the brevard zoo in melbourne, florida, recently shared this adorable video of the newest member of their troop of black-handed spider monkeys. take a look above his nose. it looks like a bat symbol. he may be ready for the next
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