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Ex-Spice Girl alleges her baby was abused



Published: Mon, September 4, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Ex-Spice Girl allegesher baby was abused

LONDON -- Geri Halliwell has complained to police that her 3-month-old daughter was physically abused, the singer's assistant said.

The singer's complaint was about "an incident concerning her daughter, Bluebell, whilst in the care of a temporary member of staff," Antony Read said Saturday. Halliwell made the complaint at a London police station Aug. 18, Read said.

"Bluebell is now happy and well, and there are no further concerns for her welfare," he added in a statement.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed the force was investigating an allegation of physical abuse involving a 3-month-old. No one has been arrested.

Halliwell -- Ginger Spice of '90s "girl power" group the Spice Girls -- gave birth to Bluebell Madonna, her first child, in May.

Two men get probationfor stealing guitars

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Two men accused of stealing guitars once used by Faith Hill and Nickelback have been sentenced to probation.

Jeffrey H. Lanahan, 44, was accused of stealing at least a dozen instruments from his employer, Paul Reed Smith Guitars. He gave them to Michael J. Kelly, 42, accused of passing them along to another man, who sold them on eBay.

Lanahan and Kelly, who had pleaded guilty, were sentenced Friday. Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth ordered Lanahan to serve three months of house arrest and five years of probation. Kelly was sentenced to three years' probation.

Both men must undergo evaluation for drugs and alcohol, as well as pay restitution for the stolen guitars. All but $21,050 worth of the nearly $60,000 worth of guitars was recovered. Lanahan agreed to pay $21,050 in restitution, while Kelly will pay $5,000.

Lanahan and Kelly apologized.

Lanahan worked for the company for eight years until he left in 2004. His task of delivering guitars allowed him to establish relationships with clients, such as U2 and Jimmy Buffett. Company officials reported the missing guitars to police in May 2005. An investigator found a man selling the merchandise on eBay and traced it to Lanahan and Kelly.

Today's Birthdays

ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey is 88. Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 75. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight (Gladys Knight & amp; The Pips) is 64. Actress Jennifer Salt is 62. Golfer Tom Watson is 57. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald LaPread is 56. Actress Judith Ivey is 55. Rock musician Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) is 55. Actress Khandi Alexander is 49. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 46. Rock musician Kim Thayil is 46. Actor Noah Taylor is 37. Actress Ione Skye is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Richard Wingo (Jagged Edge) is 31. Actor Wes Bentley is 28. Singer Dan Miller ("Making the Band") is 26. Singer Beyonc & eacute; Knowles is 25.

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