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A Downside Of Country Living: Roadside Birth

The rate of women giving birth without ever seeing a doctor more than doubled in Dixie County to the worst rate in Florida after the health departments got out of prenatal care.

The rate of women receiving prenatal care during the first trimester has dropped in North Central Florida. Seven county health departments in the region have gotten out of prenatal care, and women in rural communities have to drive farther for their appointments. One woman remembers a couple who stopped on their way to Gainesville to deliver the baby on the side of the road.

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Department of Children and Families Releases Findings On Bell Case

Don Charles Spirit, 51, shot and killed his daughter and her six children. He then committed suicide.

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has released the preliminary findings of a Critical Incident Rapid Response Team following the Don Spirit shooting in Bell, Fla. Interim Secretary Mike Carroll announced the findings on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The CIRRT assessment found that the investigations and interactions with the Spirit …

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Bell Residents Hold Vigil In Honor Of Slain Family

Elementary-age children attend the vigil held for their classmates Sunday night. Sarah Spirit and her six children were victims of a mass shooting last Thursday, Sept. 18.

In the small town of Bell, family and friends gathered at a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of Sarah Spirit, 28, and her six children. Police said last Thursday, Don Spirit shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren before turning the gun on himself.

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