Woman who lost unborn child after being shot in stomach charged with manslaughter in Alabama

Shooter who pulled the trigger during fight walked free, while police blamed victim for starting the argument

Chiara Giordano
Thursday 27 June 2019 13:56 BST
Woman who lost unborn child after being shot in stomach charged with manslaughter in Alabama

A woman whose unborn baby died after she was shot in the stomach during an argument has been charged with manslaughter because she allegedly started the fight – while the shooter walked free.

Marshae Jones, 27, from Birmingham, Alabama, was indicted by a grand jury on a manslaughter charge and taken into custody on Wednesday, AL.com reports.

Police initially charged Ebony Jemison, 23, with manslaughter but the charge was dismissed when a grand jury failed to indict her.

It is believed the argument outside a shop in Pleasant Grove, known as “the good neighbour city”, on 4 December last year was about the unborn baby’s father.

Jones, who was five months pregnant at the time, was picked up in a car after she was shot in the stomach and driven to a nearby city.

She was later rushed to hospital after police and paramedics tracked her down but her unborn child did not survive.

At the time of the shooting, Lieutenant Danny Reid, of Pleasant Grove police, said the “only true victim” was the unborn baby.

He alleged that Ms Jones initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her baby, who relied on her for protection.

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Lt Reid said the foetus was “dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm, and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations”, according to AL.com.

Jones was expected to be moved to Jefferson County Jail, where she will be held on a $50,000 (£39,400) bond.

The case has attracted widespread attention from the public, as well as reproductive and abortion rights activists.

Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates tweeted that it was working to get Jones bailed and to find her legal representation.

The National Abortion Federation added: “A pregnant woman was shot in the stomach during a fight. The shooting caused her pregnancy to end. She has been indicted for manslaughter.

“This is how people – especially women of colour – are already being punished and having their pregnancies criminalised.”

Last month, Alabama became the latest US state to ban abortions in almost all cases, including rape or incest.

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