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CNN deletes phrase referencing Freddie Gray's mother

An image of Freddie Gray.
An image of Freddie Gray. (Handout / Baltimore Sun)

A report at cnn.com on the first day of jury selection in the trial of William Porter -- one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray -- was changed Monday night to delete a phrase describing Gray as "the son of an illiterate heroin addict."

An editor's note was added at 7:30 p.m. when the deletion was made. It said: "A reference to Freddie Gray's mother was removed from this story because it appeared out of context."

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CNN declined a request for further comment Tuesday afternoon.

You can read the amended CNN piece here. It is written by Ann O'Neill and Aaron Cooper.

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The description of Gray's mother and subsequent deletion was first reported by Vox.

Correction: An earlier version had the wrong time for when the editor's note was added. A CNN spokeswoman wrote in an email that two changes were made to the story: One to delete the phrase and add the note, and another to correct a spelling mistake.

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