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A Classic Pin-Up Photography(NEW YORK) — Nevaeh Atkins was going to be born soon enough.  She just wanted a helping hand, evidently.

And she got one from her doctor, as seen in a photo snapped on Oct. 9 by her father just before her birth via C-section.

In the photo, Nevaeh grips Dr. Allan Sawyer’s hand even before emerging from her mother’s womb.

“I just thought right away that it was a beautiful, amazing photo that I had never seen before,” Nevaeh’s mother, Alicia Atkins, told ABC News.  “I knew it was special right away.”

“When my doctor broke my water, the doctor told my husband, ‘Hey, she’s holding my finger,’” Alicia said.  ”He had my camera, and so they were able to capture the moment of her holding his hand.”

The Phoenix-area mom of three first saw the photo on Oct. 10, but she had her assessment of its specialness affirmed after she posted it Dec. 26 on the Facebook page of her Glendale, Ariz., photography company, A Classic Pin-Up, and drew the attention of ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV and other local media.

The picture is only emerging now because Alicia kept it under wraps for weeks after the birth as she enlarged it to give as a gift to Dr. Sawyer.  She wanted him to see it first, and wanted him to see it big.

“I’ve never captured that picture before,” Sawyer told KNXV.  “It’s really rare.”

“We actually weren’t going to put a copy of the photo in our house because we didn’t know the reaction of people, whether it was too graphic or not,” Alicia told ABC News.

But after all the coverage the picture attracted, she said, she and her husband changed their minds.  Now, Nevaeh (or “heaven” spelled backward) will grow up with it.

“We decided to put the photo in her room,” Alicia said, “so that she’ll always know how special it was.”

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Jan 022013
 

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A man and his girlfriend, who gave birth under arrest, are facing weapons charges after police say they found a powerful substance used to make bombs and an arsenal of weapons in their New York City apartment.

Morgan Gliedman, 27, and Aaron Greene, 31, were arrested on Saturday in their Manhattan apartment after officers with a search warrant found 7 grams of HMTD, a highly explosive white powder used in bomb making.  Police also seized a flare launcher, a sawed-off shotgun, nine rifle magazines and various how-to manuals on building bombs and booby traps.

“They had a terrorist encyclopedia, they had improvised and modified firearms, deadly homemade weapons, a do it yourself machine gun…” New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Monday.

Kelly was unsure how much damage 7 grams of HMTD would cause.

Potential targets or a motive for having these items has not been determined.  Police say the couple has no known links to any terrorist organization.

Greene’s lawyer, Lisa Pelosi, told ABC News her client has entered a plea of not guilty and is being held without bail.  Greene, a Harvard graduate, is expected back in court on Jan. 4.

Gliedman has not been arraigned because she is still in a hospital after giving birth to her daughter, Melanie, while in police custody, according to authorities.

Calls to Gliedman and Greene’s family were not returned and police are not granting interviews regarding the case.

Police went to the apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village on Saturday morning after they received a tip from a couple Gliedman and Greene invited to their home.  Police said they had been investigating Gliedman for credit card fraud when the tip came in.

Police blocked off the street where the couple lived and the entire building had to be evacuated.

Gliedman and Greene are self-admitted heroine users, according to police.

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Sep 172012
 

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mei Xiang, 14, the giant female panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., has given birth to a panda cub, according to the zoo.

Chief veterinarian Suzan Murray said the unnamed cub was born at about 10:46 p.m. Sunday night.

“Mother and cub are doing great,” Murray said on Monday on Good Morning America from the zoo. “We are so excited here at the Smithsonian National Zoo to have this cub.”

This is Mei Xiang’s second birth as the result of artificial insemination. She gave birth to her first cub, Tai Shan, in 2005. Tian Tian, 15, is the father of both of Mei Xiang’s cubs.

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