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Fatally shot pregnant woman uses final moments to save unborn baby

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A pregnant woman who was shot and killed Saturday night told a 911 dispatcher her name and location in her last dying breaths in order to save her unborn daughter’s life.

The Raleigh Police Department released the eerie call that 25-year-old Kimberly Dianne Richardson made to 911 moments after she was shot behind a shopping mall,  WNCN repots.

“Help,” Richardson said, struggling to breathe. “I’ve been shot.” She was able to tell the dispatcher her exact location.

Daniel Steele

Raleigh police quickly found Richardson and transported her to the hospital. Doctors performed an emergency cesarean section to save her daughter’s life, but Richardson passed away from her injuries.

Officers believe Richardson’s strength while talking with 911 in her dying moments ultimately saved her baby’s life.

WNCN reports that Richardson’s boyfriend Daniel Steele, 25, was arrested as the suspect in the shooting. He is being charged with first-degree murder.

No other information is being released about the infant, per the family’s request.

A fundraising website was set up to raise money to support Richardson’s baby girl and her family.

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  • Tamara Dabney

    The issue of violence against women just isn’t discussed enough. And chillingly, a woman’s life is most at risk from a partner when she is pregnant. Some stats (source below):

    “Women in abusive relationships may hope pregnancy will reform an abusive partner. The sad reality, however, is that pregnancy is more likely to have the opposite effect: 1 in 6 abused women reports that her partner first became abusive during pregnancy. According to the Center for Disease Control, at least 4 to 8 percent of pregnant women—that’s over 300,000 per year—report suffering abuse during pregnancy. Even more alarming: domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to American women between 15 and 44 and is estimated to be responsible for 20 to 25 percent of all hospital emergency room visits by women.”


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