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build back better bill. >> the ring tone is you don't have the votes from hamilton. >> i am told from 2015. >> she was a "hamilton" fan from the beginning. have a fantastic weekend. listen to our podcast, inside politics, wherever you get your podcasts. busy news day. ana cabrera picks up our coverage right now. this is cnn breaking news. >> hello, i'm ana cabrera in new york. breaking news in the deadly school shooting out of michigan. a prosecutor moments ago revealing the parents of the suspected gunman have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. charges like this against parents after a school shooting, extremely rare. their 15-year-old son is accused of killing these four students and wounding seven others at oxford high school this week.
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the alleged shooter charged as an adult. one terrorism charge and four murder charges among others. he faces life in prison if convicted. he has pleaded not guilty. here's what we just learned. the prosecutor says the gunman was with his father when the gun used in the shooting was purchased four days before the carnage. his mother posted on social media calling the gun a christmas present for her son. then on the day of the shooting, the parents were called to a meeting with their son at the school hours before the rampage after teachers reported a disturbing drawing. the prosecutor says the parents failed to ask their son if he had the gun or to check his backpack, and they resisted having their son leave school. instead he was sent back to class. shimon prokupecz is standing by where this press conference wrapped up. tell us more about this decision and the details we learned from the prosecutor. >> well, certainly this was not
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something that we normally hear, right. a prosecutor charges parents or family members in relation to a school shooting or any mass shooting. but the evidence here that the prosecutors laid out is so overwhelming when you think about it and when you look at it, and everything they've gathered, hear about text messages that the mother was sending to the son after a teacher realized he was searching for ammunition on his cell phone in class and she says to him, lol, i'm not mad, you just have to learn how not to get caught. these are the things that prosecutors have been looking at for days, the idea that the family, they say, bought this weapon for him. he was present at the gun shop when they bought the weapon for him. also, striking was that prosecutors say they have some evidence that something deeper was going on with this individual, far before the shooting. then she talked about all of the different evidence and all of the different information that
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they have gathered. take a listen. >> subsequent to the purchase of that weapon, one of jennifer crumbley's social media posts on about 11-27-21 read, quote, mom and son day, testing out his new christmas present. end quote. on november 21st, '2021, a teacher observed ethan crumbley searching for ammunition on his phone during class and reported the same to school officials. jennifer crumbley was contacted via voicemail regarding the son's inappropriate internet search. school personnel indicate they followed that voicemail up with an e-mail but received no response from either parent. thereafter, jennifer crumbley exchanged text messages about the incident with her son on that day, stating, quote, lol, i'm not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught. end quote. >> reporter: then on the day of the shooting also a text message
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from the mother to the son saying, quote, ethan, don't do it. perhaps hours after they left the school, knowing that he perhaps may have had the weapon in his bag, so all of this obviously very chilling. when you also listen to what the school could have done and the issue that prosecutor says yes, she is angry over it, but it's not only her, but people in this community. we've been here all week talking to law enforcement officials, sheriff deputies who ran into the school when word got out that shots were fired and what they saw and the anger they have towards the school for not doing more. it's just chilling when you really take a listen to everything that went on here and what could have been done possibly to prevent so much of this. >> there were so many red flags, so many. many things that people could have done. thank you, shimon prokupecz. let's discuss now with former fbi special agent and lecturer at yale university and andrew mckay, former deputy director of
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the fbi. andrew, first your reaction to these charges against the parents, four counts each of involuntary manslaughter? >> well, ana, i was stunned when i heard that they were leaning in that direction because it's so exceedingly rare. in the few states that have laws that address this sort of thing, really no one ever gets prosecuted. listening to the details that came out in the press conference, just absolutely stunning. the prosecutor has a litly a mountain of evidence upon which to proceed with these very serious charges of essentially criminally reckless homicide. probably what we heard in the press conference is just a sample of what they have so far. who knows what will come out when witnesses start testifying at an upcoming trial, if there is one. it's incredible and it's absolutely called for, an i think it maybe is just the sort of thing we need to attract attention to this epidemic of school violence. >> asia, the prosecutor called
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this beyond negligence. what would you call it? >> yes. i think that this is why they're charging involuntary manslaughter. michigan has a couple of laws. they are, you know, misdemeanors. one is criminal penalties for allowing minors to have access to a weapon. another is that -- allowing a child or being in custody of a child who uses a gun in a school zone when they knew that that crime was about to occur or they aided conduct in allowing it to occur. but again, those are misdemeanors. by charging involuntary manslaughter, they're allowed to use that underlying, unlawful activity or even nej behavior, to hold the parents culpable. i think it's really important in this case. michigan doesn't have red flag laws. law enforcement is really dependent on parents who become aware of problematic behavior,
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taking action or reporting it to the authorities and here we see a very nonchalant attitude towards the troubling red flags that were being presented by the school administrators. >> you know, the mom texting with her son at one point saying you shouldn't get caught and paraphrasing there. let's listen to more from the prosecutor about the parents' action on the day of the shooting. >> at the meeting james and jennifer crumbley were shown the drawing and were advised that they were required to get their son into counseling within 48 hours. both james and jennifer crumbley failed to ask their son if he had his gun with him or where his gun was located and failed to inspect his backpack for the presence of the gun which he had with him. james and jennifer crumbley resisted the idea of them leaving the school at that time -- of the son leaving the school at that time. instead james and jennifer
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crumbley left the high school without their son. he was returned to the classroom. when the news of the active shooter at oxford high school had been made public jennifer crumbley texted to her son at 11: -- i'm sorry 1:22 p.m., quote, ethan, don't do it. end quote. at 1:37 p.m., james crumbley called 911 reporting that a gun was missing from his house and he believed his son may be the shooter. >> andrew, previously the sheriff told us that the parents weren't talking with them and not helping in this investigation. i guess we now know why. given all of what we learned how strong is cate the case against the parents? how likely is a conviction? >> you're right. now we have a better insight as to why they were so protective of their son after his arrest. but you know, this is an
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unprecedented prosecution and proving criminally negligent or reckless homicide is tough under any circumstances. that said, i can't think of or imagine a better perfect storm collection of fact and evidence to potentially hold these parents responsible. so i think it's a real possibility that this prosecution could be successful. i think the most damming pieces of evidence are her text message, one as you mentioned, lol'ing the idea of him making the searches for ammunition, essentially giving him her implicit authorization that's an okay thing to do and hide it from your teachers. and the second, her immediate reaction when she hears there's a shooting, she texts don't do it. wasn't thinking, oh, no, my son could be a victim. she's in the mindset of course it's him. it's very damming.
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>> yeah. that time when he was caught searching for ammunition was the day before the shooting. and that's when the mom had texted him. i'm not mad at you. where you just have to learn not to get caught. that one just stuck with me to think about that attitude around all of this. i do want to play one more sound bite. real quick, follow, could the parents face federal charges? >> gosh, you know -- >> in '21 a teacher observed ethan crumbley searching ammunition on his cell phone during class and reported the same to school officials. on november 30th, '21, the morning of the shooting the next day, ethan crumbley's teacher came upon a note on ethan's desk which alarmed her to the point that she took a picture of it on her cell phone. the note contained the following, a drawing of a semiautomatic hand gun pointing at the words, quote, the thoughts won't stop help me end quote. in another section of the note was a drawing of a bullet with
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the following words above that bullet, quote, blood everywhere. end quote. between the drawing of the gun and bullet is a drawing of a person who appears to have been shot twice and bleeding. below that figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji. further down the drawing are the words, quote, my life is useless, end quote and right of that are the words, quote, the world is dead, end quote. >> we played that sound before you got chance to answer your last question. i will give you another chance to think about federal charges, after listening to that sound, those details, we know two separate teachers in two classrooms were concerned enough to raise the red flag to officials including on the day of the shooting when the drawing was found and we know what was in that drawing. should police have been called and could the school be liable in some way? >> i'm not sure about liability. i don't think there's any criminal liability.
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there's possibly civil liability. but as i mentioned before, ana, michigan doesn't have red flag laws, which red flag laws allow for law enforcement to take action when they are notified that someone might be about to engage in violent behavior using a firearm, by removing a firearm from a home. i think the teachers and administrators did what they were supposed to do here, to raise the flag, go to the parents and show the parents and expect them to take action. it's possible that the school could have, for example, expelled the student from the school, but that is a very high bar, and i'm not sure what school's policies are there. this child has been charged with terrorism, which i think is also unusual. we don't usually see that in school shooting cases. it illustrates the difficulty with these cases on the one hand you don't want to treat it like
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any he ordinary homicide or crime, but on the other hand the wording of terrorism statutes are clunky and it's -- this -- the shooting doesn't necessarily fit exactly into the wording of michigan state statute, an intent to intimidate or coerce a government unit. it will be interesting to see how the prosecution succeeded on that front and whether that might be replicated in other instances like this. >> andy, given that the prosecutor in this case was asked about something related to somebody under age, owning a firearm, even though it was the dad that purchased it, it was some kind of christmas present for the son, could the parents face any federal charge? >> i think it's possible. but it's highly unlikely. i've had about a half a dozen texts from my legal friends and that seems to be the consensus. any charges related to like a
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straw purchase of the firearm would be far less serious than what the parents are already facing on the negligent homicide and manslaughter charges. if the homicide charges fall apart and the case goes nowhere you might see the feds taking a look at what they can do in the alternative. i find that to be unlikely at best. >> thank you both so much for being there for us and your expertise. the november jobs report delivering a mixed bag this morning. job growth falling very short of expectations, but the jobless rate still dropped to 4.2%. we'll discuss that. alec baldwin revealing new details on how the gun he held killed the cinematographer on the set. he claims he's not responsible for it. what health officials are learning from the rapid spread of the covid omicron variant in south africa.
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the reviews are mixed. the economy adding only 210,000 jobs last month and that number is way below what economists expected. look at that other number there, the unemployment rate. it is now 4.2% and that number is welcome news. cnn's arlet signs joins us now. president biden spoke about these numbers at the white house and to surprise here, he focused on the second number, the silver lining. >> reporter: that's right. instead of zeroing in on that lower than expected jobs report, the president focused on touting the economic recovery the administration has seen as a whole, pointing to the 4.2% unemployment rate.
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he also talked about the number of jobs added since he took office, 6 million jobs in the first full ten months that president biden has been here at the white house. but still, the president was acknowledging the economic anxieties that so many americans are feeling right now with covid-19 and the economy, the white house considers the two of those really tied together towards recovery. take a listen. >> we're looking at the sharpest one-year decline in unemployment ever. simply put, america is back to work and our jobs recovery is going very strong, but i also know that despite this progress, families are anxious, they're anxious about covid. every day my team and i are working to deliver consistent, determined, focused action to overcome the challenges we still face. >> now as you heard right there, president biden's voice was a little hoarse and deeper than usual, and he was asked by reporters immediately finishing his remarks about how he was
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feeling. take a listen. >> your voice sounds a little different. are you okay? >> i am okay. i have a test every day, a covid test, checking for all the strains. i have a 1 1/2-year-old grandson who has a cold and likes to kiss his pop. but it's justice a cold. >> the president spent the thanksgiving holiday with his grandson baby beau biden in nantucket last week. we'll see what happens going on with the president's health in the coming days. ana in. >> tiz the season of cold and flu and all kinds of viruses. thank you. i want to bring in justin, professor of economics and public policy at the university of michigan. good to see you. let's sum up the jobs report, 210,000 jobs added, that's only half of what economists have predicted in terms of jobs added, but that unemployment
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rate dropped to the lowest level since march of 2020. how do you square the two pieces of news and where we are in the recovery? >> well, it's a step in the right direction, but it's not a big enough step. the viewers may be confused how we can get good news, unemployment fell sharply, and bad news, that employment barely grew on the same day. that's because the statistics come from different surveys and different survey, no survey is ever fully accurate. so probably a bit of -- it would be premature to celebrate based on the unemployment number. economists tend to rely more on what's going on with employment and were somewhat disappointing. >> previous months jobs added were revised higher. do you expect the same to happen here? >> i think that's very likely. so the bureau of labor statistics gathers these numbers surveying thousands of businesses and the reality is
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that they don't always get around to responding to those surveys in time. that's why those numbers didn't get adjusted next month and the month after that. what we're seeing throughout 2021 is that the early surveys tended to be more pessimistic than the latest surveys, suggesting there's ranl chance this will get revised up enough, not enough to turn moderate news into great news but perhaps into moderately better news. >> america does keep adding jobs, but we're still not back to normal . we're down compared to february of 2020, prepandemic. president biden says americans are back to work and our jobs recovery is going very strong. is that how you would characterize it? >> i think it's two very different stories going on out there right now. one, we are 3 1/2 million jobs below where we were at the start of the pandemic. normally an economy creates jobs. if we kept going at the previous trend we would have 5 or 6
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million more jobs than we do. the economy hasn't healed. the flip side the unemployment rate is low and if you ask workers, they say that jobs are plentiful. a large part of what's happening there, a lot of workers are remaining on the sidelines. they don't have jobs, but they're not ready to get back to work right now. maybe it's child care concerns or older workers who are worried about their health. a lot of people are waiting until the economy and life gets back to normal an then they're going to be back looking for work. the problem is we don't have enough jobs for those people if and when they do come back. >> the other problem we're not through the pandemic. how concerned are you about the omicron variant and how it could impact the economy, the supply chain, et cetera? >> i think the one thing we've learned over the last two years, the single most important indicator for the future of the economy it's not monetary policy and fiscal policy, it's what's going on with covid. what was disappointing about this month's job numbers they came at a point where it looked like our covid numbers were
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falling and people maybe were willing to get back to work and back to normal. things have only gotten worse since then. we've seen covid cases rise over the past few weeks and none of us know really what omicron is going to do. we know for sure it's not good news. there's a lot of uncertainty right now and it could only be worse than what we currently expect. >> okay. we'll see where it goes and keep talking. thanks so much, professor justin. great to have you with us on this friday. i like your new glasses. i saw you tweet about that earlier. holiday red, good choice for the time of year. first television interview since the deadly shooting on his film set "rust," alec baldwin says he doesn't feel guilty for the accident on the set of his film because he's not the one responsible. more from the actor next.
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cinematographer. >> i would go to any lengths to undue what happened. >> reporter: alec baldwin denying he's at fault in the death of halyna hutchins. the cinematographer shot and killed on the "rust" movie set in october. >> i didn't pull the trigger. >> you never pulled the trigger? >> no, no, no. i would never point a gun and pull a trigger at them, never. that was the training. you won't don't point a gun and pull the trigger. >> reporter: speaking out with abc news, detailing what he says baldwin says happened in the moments prior to the fatal shooting. >> i was told, i was handed an empty gun. i don't know if there was cosmetic rounds. nothing with a flash round at all. she goes down. i thought to myself, did she faint? the notion that there was a live round in that gun did not dawn on me until probably 45 minutes to an hour later. >> reporter: the armorer is
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responsible for handling guns on sets and baldwin says it's up to that person to make sure they're safe for use. >> one person supposed to make sure what's in the gun is right and what's wrong is not in the gun. one person has that responsibility to maintain the gun. >> what is the actor's responsibility? >> i guess that's a tough question because the actor's responsibility going this day forward is very different than it was the day before that. >> reporter: an investigation is under way working to determine how live rounds made it on set. no one has been charged with a crime in connection with the shooting. baldwin believes he's in the clear. >> i've been told by people who are in the know in terms of even inside the state, that it's highly unlikely i would be charged with anything criminally. >> reporter: baldwin says the focus should be on hutchins and director joel souza who was injured. >> i don't want to sound like i'm a victim. again, we have two clear victims
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here. >> is this the worst thing that's ever happened to you? >> yes. yeah. yep. because i -- i think back and i think of what could i have done. >> reporter: when asked if he feels guilt for the fatal doesn't that ended the cinematographer's life, baldwin giving this response? >> no, no. i feel that there is -- i feel that someone is responsible for what happened and i can't say who that is, but it's not me. i mean, honest to god, if i felt that i was responsible i might have killed myself if i thought i was responsible. i don't say that lightly. >> reporter: earlier in the interview the actor describes how the aftermath of the tragedy is deeply affecting him mentally. >> i haven't slept for weeks and i've been struggling physically. i'm exhausted. from this because i got to try to be there for my kids. my family is all i have.
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i couldn't give a [ bleep ] about my career anymore. >> we should note in an interview with nbc news, lawyers for the film's armorer say she loaded the gun with what she thought were dummy rounds before baldwin used it on set. let's discuss with cnn legal analyst and criminal defense attorney joey jackson. i just wonder, what stood out to you the most during that interview? >> you know a number of things. good to be with you. you could look to his demeanor, his sincerity. at the same time you could focus on the fact that he described specifically how the gun went off, not really admitting he pulled the trigger, saying he did not, but giving the indication he had not the trigger but at least the hammer portion and describing that. i was surprised that he would be that descriptive or his lawyers would allow him to be so descriptive on such a definitive issue. clearly he's been moved by this. i think a number of people have been moved by this and i think he had a public relations imperative to get out in front
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of it. whether it was the right legal move i would say it was not. >> do you think it helped or hurt in terms of that legal perspective? would you have advised him to position? >> my basic position is no one is speaking with anyone because only harm shall come. you have a parallel investigate one involving the sheriff relating to criminality, many believing only if you act intentionally can you be held responsibly for something. that's not so. if you act in a careless fashion it could rise to criminality. while there's a pending investigation where they want to know what specifically you did with ta gun, how you handled it, did you evaluate and assess it even though you thought it was a cold gun, was that proper? in addition the civil lawsuits that relate to money that are throughout. you will be deposed, not in front of a judge but another lawyer asks you questions under oath with regard to your activities you have prior statements with respect to what you did and never a good idea
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legally to speak. i understand the public relations portion. he wants the world to know how upset he feels, but it's always best not to say a word. it only comes back to harm you. no one says the same things twice under different questioning at different times. >> in fact, let's play the part in which you alluded he describes handling the gun. >> i said to her in this scene i'm going to kok the gun. do you want to see that. she said yes. i take the gun and start to kok the gun. i'm not going to pull the trigger. she goes, tilt it down like that. can you see that in? can you see that? she says -- i let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off. i let go of the hammer of the gun the goun goes off. >> he says he didn't pull the trigger. the gun went off after he let go of the hammer. legally does it matter? >> the core issue is the
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handling of the weapon and lawyers will remind everyone of that. it's not whether or not you pulled the trigger and i think it's a credibility question whether he did or didn't. the issue is did you handle it in the appropriate way? should you have been doing anything as it relates to the hammer or any aspect of that gun, should you have evaluated it yourself prior to using it, so to get to the actual measure of how you use the gun for me it's problematic because that's the core issue in any criminal investigation and any parallel civil investigation, did you exercise due caution, did you act reasonably? i think that's what investigators are looking at in all aspencts of the case. >> great to have you here. >> thank you. >> thank you. south africa reporting a dramatic surge in cases since the omicron variant was detected there last week. can we expect the same to happen here the the u.s.? now that the variant has been k detected in multiple states.
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three distinct waves, a fourth it seems beginning to swell. if you zoom in on the recent data you can see the sudden surge in new cases. they're up 300% in the last seven days, an indication that this new variant may be highly transmissible. as for whether omicron causes more mild disease? a top official with the world health organization says right now, the majority of cases have been mild, at least so far, but scientists do warn it's simply too soon to say whether that will hold since there's a lag between diagnosis and severe disease progression. joining us is dr. william shafer in, at vanderbilt university medical center. it's good to see you. what does this data that we have at this point out of south africa tell you? >> well, ana, what it tells me is exactly what you've been saying, this looks to be a very, very contagious variant, as contagious and maybe even more
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contagious than delta, which suggests that once in the united states, it's going to spread, as it is already spreading in many other countries. that data regarding severity is of great interest. we don't have enough information. there may be a slight ray of sunshine in that a lot of the cases so far reported have, indeed, been mild, but as you said, the data are not final yet. we're going to have to have some patience and wait, but i hope that holds up. mild, i like that. >> it's been a week, so when would be the earliest that we might have some solid answers, do you think? >> well, i think we could see clinicians, particularly in south africa, where they have many cases, begin to report their case series and then, of course, the epidemiologist doing their population-based studies,
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those take longer, more definitive, and that will come three weeks, four weeks later. but i'll take case series from clinicians any time. i really like to hear about those. >> okay. scientists say in parts of south africa this omicron variant has taken over delta as the dominant strain. but we know south africa and the u.s. have very different vaccination rates, right? 83% of adults in the u.s. have received at least one dose, talking about adults compared to 42% of adults in south africa. is that an important distinction in terms of what impact omicron could have here in the u.s.? >> sure. because we think, we don't know definitively, there are lots of don't know, sorry about that, but we think that the vaccine induced immunity we get, the protection, will provide some
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protection at the very least against this omicron strain. that could make it much more milder in its impact here in the united states. it certainly encourages everyone to get their booster if they're eligible. if they haven't gotten the first dose they should. bring in the children, 5 and older. we need lots more to be vaccinated. we've got vaccine in the refrigerator where it can't prevent disease. it has to go into arms. >> as a mom i'm smiling to have the extra layer of protection for my kids. president biden downplayed the need to mandate vaccines for domestic travel, saying the measures that he's now putting in place, free at home testing and increase in vaccination sites, are sufficient. do you agree? >> well, good for him, and i certainly hope he's correct. but i have to admit, we've been imploring educating, cajoling, attracting people into being
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vaccinated and in some parts of the country, my own state of tennessee included, we're still very under vaccinated. you know, in this war against the virus, we've been doing it with a volunteer army. the volunteers who come forward and roll up their sleeves. i think it's time for a draft. uncle sam needs you, come in, you're obliged to roll up your sleeve to get on plane or participate in this or other activity. my grandchildren are both in college. can't go to school unless you're vaccinated. >> dr. schaffner, i so appreciate your dedication and the energy that you bring to educating all of us. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. remember this story that caused such outrage around the world. such, you know, disheartening feelings. a 9-year-old afghan girl sold into marriage for $2,000. cnn was granted exclusive access
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disturbing story that triggered an international outcry. last month cnn brought you exclusive reporting about child marriage in afghanistan. many of you were specially disturbed by the case of 9-year-old par wanna who was sold in marriage to a 5e-year-old man for $2,000. we domed the final sale and hand youfr, following our story a nonprofit group inter veened and rescued here. ana has this exclusive report. >> reporter: an iranian love song as a driver navigated through the valley in north western afghanistan. if the back of his station wagon is a mother and her six children. they've just left behind a life
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of struggle and hardship. all they've ever none. among them 9-year-old piranha. our cameraman asked her how she's feeling. >> i'm so happy, she said with a booming smile. cnn met her dressed in pink in a camp in back in october. her father claims he was selling her to feed the rest of the family. as a humanitarian crisis grips the country. he'd already sold his 12-year-old into marriage and told cnn that unless his situation improved, he would have to sell his four remaining daughters as well, including the youngest, just two. if i didn't have these daughters to sell, he asks, what should i do? her buyer who lived in a nearby village confirmed he was taking the 9-year-old as his second wife.
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>> i'm 55-year-olds old and i have a wife with four daughters and a son. i bought her for myself. ly wait until she becomes older. >> reporter: cnn was granted rare access to film the final payment and handover. the buyer asked for it toik place at a house in his village and not the camp for security reasons. he paid a total of $200,000 afghani, just over $2,000 u.s. in land, sheep and cash. this is your bride, please take care of her, said her father. of course i will take care of her, replies the man. >> reporter: as he drags her away, she wohimpers. moments later she digs her heels into the dirt. refusing to go. but it is hopeless. cnn's story caused an outcry. >> a distressing story out of
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afghanistan showing the -- >> >> reporter: the network was inundated with offers of help and aid organizations and ngo's and wanting to feature the girls in our story. the u.s. based charity too young to wed took the lead. it is founding executive director stephanie sinclair has been working to end child marriage and help vulnerable girls around the world for almost 20 years. she said the perfect storm is brewing in afghanistan and it is the girls that are suffering. >> i know these stories are difficult to watch and difficult to do. and they bring around a lot of concern. but at the asame time we need t understand this is happening and keep ringing the alarm bell. these are real girls an real lives and they can be changed. >> reporter: within the province there was widespread back lorb toward her father and the buyer after our story went to air. with claims they brought shame on the community. even the taliban told cnn the practice is forbidden.
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>> i request everyone not to sell their children. child marriage is not a good thing. and we condemn it. >> reporter: women's right activists and u.s. citizen who chose to stay in kabul after the afghanistan swept into power to run her women's shelter said her case is just the tip of the iceberg. >> there is a lost misery, there is a lot of mistreatment, there is a lot of abuse is involved in these things. and it will keep on happening with the hunger, with the winter, with poverty. >> reporter: as a result of controversy caused by the story an intervention from the charity, she was allowed to return home after two weeks with the baez family. since she's been rescued, i'm very happy said her father. he admitted to cnn that under duress from the community and local media outlets he changed his story out of embarrassment for what he had done and apologized. the buyer is unreachable for
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comment, but the debt is still outstanding. too young to wed, then organized to have her mother and her siblings removed from the camp with the father's permission. before our journey to neighboring harat province was broken with some childhood fun. before arriving at the motel. the children who only ever lived in a tent, the novelty of being warm and fed and safe wasn't wearing off. >> they rescued me. they've given me a new life she said. i thank the charity for helping me. >> reporter: a few days later they moved into the safe house. her mother, 27-year-old ressa, has never lived in a house. she was sold into marriage at 13 and has since had seven children. six of whom are girls. most days in the camp she would beg for food and often her
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family would go to sleep hungry. now all she wants is to give her children a better life. i have a dream, a wish they go to school and start an education she said. i have a lot of wishes for them. too young to wed has already begun distributing aid to the camp among others. while the small charity is prepared to bridge the gap, they're calling on the large aid organizations to step up. >> these are communities that have relied on international for last 20 years and so with a lot of that aid stopping, these people need to top needing support. we can't let them pay the price because ultimately girls always pay the biggest price. >> reporter: i speak to par wanna on zoom. >> hello, i'm ana. >> how are you, how are you feeling? >> i'm very good, how are you?
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>> i'm fine. i'm so happy. i'm safe, i am rescued. >> reporter: then she asked, when are you sending me to school. she wanted to study to become a doctor or a teacher. but fairy tales are more so now than ever. anna coren, cnn. >> god bless par wanna and her family and the other girls in her situation. thank you for joining us today. i'll see you back here on monday at 1:00 p.m. eastern. join me on twitter at ana cabrera and the news continues next with alisyn and victor. have a great weekend. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty ♪ only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty ♪ the peñas are saving big holiday shopping at amazon. so now, they're free to become...
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