Mother of 5 dies after giving birth to triplets

Published: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 @ 8:09 PM

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A community is rallying behind a the family of a mother who died last month shortly after giving birth to triplets.

Casi Rott of Clay Center, Kansas was determined to carry her babies as long as she could, her husband said.

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“Her main thing with this pregnancy was to carry them as long as she can,” her husband Joey Rott told KWCH in February. “She wanted to carry them for 34 weeks. That was her number one goal, to have healthy babies.”

The pregnancy seemed to go smoothly. She carried them 34 weeks before giving birth Jan. 29 to three healthy babies named Asher, Levi and Piper.

But a week later, Casi woke up with severe chest pains, family members said.

She went to the emergency room, and a CT scan showed she had a blood clot in her lungs. She was treated and released from the hospital and for a while, everything was back to normal.

She held her babies and went home to visit her 6-year-old and 2-year-old daughters.

“She got to spend four hours here tidying up the nursery how she wanted it,” said Joey. “I brought the two girls back here at 5 o’clock. She got to hug them, kiss them and love on them for about five minutes before the issues started.”

ABC News reported Monday that doctors believe a second blood clot caused the 36-year-old mother’s death.

Family friend Hilary Thompson has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family. It has raised over $90,000, nine times the orignal $10,000 goal.

Rott said the community support is what led the family to move back to Clay Center.

"The community has been incredible," Rott said.

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George H.W. Bush recovering after infection, moved out of intensive care

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

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Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved from the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to a regular patient bed days after he suffered an infection that spread to his blood, a family spokesman said Wednesday.

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First U.S. memorial to 4,400 victims of lynchings across the South opens in Alabama  

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:38 PM

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice memorial was created from 800 hanging steel columns with the county and names of people lynched there etched into the column, including “unknown” victims. It’s the first U.S. memorial to the victims of lynchings.
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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice memorial was created from 800 hanging steel columns with the county and names of people lynched there etched into the column, including “unknown” victims. It’s the first U.S. memorial to the victims of lynchings.(Equal Justice Initiative)

The first memorial in the United States dedicated to the victims of white supremacy opens in Montgomery, Alabama, Thursday.

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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice by the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI, overlooks the Alabama State Capitol and seeks to shine a light on a terrifying chapter of American history that is rarely talked about: the lynchings of some 4,400 black Americans across the South during a rampage of horror and violence that went on for decades.

“We need to find ways to live in this country and talk about things we haven’t talked about,” EJI founder Bryan Stevenson told The Root. Stevenson said discussing this shadowy part of American history may be uncomfortable for some, but he said it’s necessary in order to move beyond it. “It isn’t about retribution,” he said.

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Almost 25 percent of the victims of lynching were accused of sexual assault and nearly 30 percent were accused of murder, The Root reported.

The memorial was created from 800 hanging steel columns with the county and names of people lynched there etched into the column, including “unknown” victims. 

The memorial site also includes the Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration

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A two-day summit, which is part of the opening events this week, is already sold out.

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WATCH: Woman pulls gun on would-be robber, saves husband, family says

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Watch: Woman Pulls Gun On Robber, Saving Her Family

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, are searching for a man who allegedly attempted a robbery outside a Whitehaven home in broad daylight.

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A surveillance camera captured the weekend incident.

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One of the victims, who asked not to be identified, told WHBQ that his niece, who was visiting from Florida, took his gun and scared off the bold criminal after she saw that her husband was in trouble.

“She’s bold," he said. "She ain’t scared of nothing.”

In the video, the suspect has his right hand in his waist band as he stands behind the woman's husband. The victims said the man’s hand was on a gun.

Memphis police said Sunday afternoon the man in the blue jacket came to the Whitehaven home and asked to use one of the victims’ phones and then asked for a ride.

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While the incident was unfolding outside the house, the woman and her uncle reportedly were inside the house.

Police said that after the woman saw her husband in trouble, she came out the front door with a gun and fired a warning shot.

The uncle told WHBQ: “She said she didn’t want to kill him, but when he fired back at us after she fired the warning shot, she said she was trying to hit him then but didn’t.”

Memphis police told WHBQ that the suspect ran toward the back of the house before getting away.

Police said they are reviewing this surveillance video to get a positive ID on the suspect. If you have any information on who that suspect may be, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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Florida woman says HOA member told her to remove rainbow flag

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:21 PM

Florida Woman Allegedly Told By HOA Member To Remove Rainbow Flag

A rainbow flag has created controversy in a Brevard County, Florida, neighborhood -- so much so that one HOA member compared it to the Confederate flag.

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A renter in Rockledge's Ashwood Lakes subdivision said she was told to lower a gay pride flag after having flown it for two years.

"It's a symbol of acceptance, tolerance and equality," said Jenifer Raymond, a mother of three. "They're saying it's offensive. To me, that's like saying I'm offensive because I exist."

Raymond said her landlord received an email from a member of the neighborhood's architectural review committee, saying only American, state or military flags may be flown.

When it was pointed out that the community bylaws don't mention flags, the member cited part of the "ground maintenance section," saying it was deemed offensive and detrimental to the subdivision.

"Allowing the flag to be flown is setting a precedence for other homeowners to fly other offensive flags -- for example, the Confederate flag," the email said.

Raymond said she was astonished by the email.

"The Confederacy supported slavery," she said. "(The rainbow flag is) a symbol of equality and acceptance of all."

Other flags were spotted in the subdivision, including one depicting a flower, a Florida Gators flag and a Thin Blue Line flag, which is flown in support of law enforcement officers.

Those homeowners said they've never been asked to remove their flags.

An HOA attorney said if bylaws don't specifically limit flags and other flags are allowed, that could be considered discrimination.

"I'm not asking you to agree with me," Raymond said. "I'm asking you to respect my rights the same as yours."

Another member of the committee, who's also an HOA board member, said he was unaware of the email. He said the member who wrote it doesn't speak on behalf of the HOA, and he said he'll look into the matter.

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