CONCORD: Four former youth detention center workers charged with sexual assault made initial court appearances in New Hampshire on Thursday, including one accused of abusing a girl multiple times in a "candy storage room" at a second state-run facility. The state has made 11 arrests this month in connection with a broad investigation into physical and sexual abuse allegations at the Youth Development Center in Manchester, now called the Sununu Youth Services Center. The allegations against Victor Malavet are the first, however, to involve the Youth Detention Services Unit in Concord, where children are held while awaiting disposition of their cases by the courts. Malavet, 58, of Gilford, is charged with seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, all against a girl held at the Concord facility in 2001. According to court documents, he assaulted her in multiple rooms, including a laundry room, TV room and what investigators called a "candy storage room." During his court appearance Thursday, a judge read the charges but postponed a bail hearing to later in the day to give him time to speak to his lawyer. The other three men arrested Wednesday - Jonathan Brand, Trevor Middleton and Stanley Watson - also appeared in
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LONDON (REUTERS) - Pregnant women infected with Covid-19 and their newborn children face higher risks of complications than was previously known, a study by British scientists showed on Friday (April 23). An infection of the new coronavirus in such newborns is associated with a three-fold risk of severe medical complications, according to a study conducted by scientists at the University of Oxford. While pregnant women are at higher risk of complications such as premature birth, high blood pressure with organ failure risk, need for intensive care and possible death. "Women with Covid-19 during pregnancy were over 50 per cent more likely to experience pregnancy complications compared to pregnant women unaffected by Covid-19," said Aris Papageorghiou, co-lead of the trial and a professor of fetal medicine at Oxford University. The study was conducted in more than 2,100 pregnant women across 18 countries, where each woman affected by Covid-19 was compared to two non-infected women giving birth at the same time in the same hospital. Findings from the study, published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, also showed a delivery by caesarean section may be associated with an increased risk of virus infection in newborns. However,