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She lost her son three days after he was born in D.C., one of the worst places to be a pregnant black woman | The Lily

She lost her son three days after he was born in D.C., one of the worst places to be a pregnant black woman | The Lily Why she’s sharing her grief

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A gray-walled nursery in a Maryland home is crowded with cards, Mylar balloons and toys marking milestones Sebastien Cabness never reached. A stuffed giraffe wears a hat from a party held on what would’ve been his first birthday.

Audri Cabness, Washington DC, DC Murders, DC Crime, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, KINDR'D Magazine, KINDR'D

An Easter basket with his name bulges with untouched candy.

On a child-size rocking chair, a hippo with a tag begging “squeeze me” sits next to a book titled “I Prayed for You.”

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When her son died in a Washington hospital three days after he was born, Cabness knew nothing about the statistics stacked against her or him. Only later did she learn that she wasn’t alone in her grief, and that it was for a disturbing reason: The nation’s capital is one of the worst places to be a pregnant black woman.


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