Gynecologist gets two years'

probation for sexual battery

•COLUMBUS - A gynecologist who had been accused of sexually assaulting patients has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery.

Monday's sentence also prohibits Eric Buffong from having contact with female patients. He will not receive first offender status so the sentence will stay on his record.

Buffong, who made no statement in the courtroom, was indicted in October 2005 on one count each of rape, aggravated sodomy, sodomy and sexual battery. The rape charge in one case was reduced to sexual battery while the aggravated sodomy and sodomy charges were dropped in the second case.

Buffong will serve two years of probation.

Girl, 2, dies after swallowing her mother's crack cocaine

•VIDALIA - A mother has been charged with felony murder after her 2-year-old daughter swallowed crack cocaine that belonged to the woman and died.

Latoya Dixon was also charged with possession of cocaine, cruelty to children and contributing to the death of a minor.

Vidalia police detective Derek Williams said Dixon brought her daughter to Meadows Regional Medical Center on Saturday. The girl was experiencing complications brought on by the ingestion of crack and was airlifted to a medical facility in Augusta, Williams said. She died en route.

The girl's name was not released, nor were details on how she got the drug.

- From staff reports