Thursday, June 27, 2019

Woman who lost her unborn baby when she was shot is prosecuted but the shooter faces no action

A woman who lost her unborn baby after being shot during a row has been charged with manslaughter - but the woman who pulled the trigger has been freed.

Marshae Jones, 27, from Birmingham, Alabama, was taken into custody this week over the 2018 death.

Jones did not fire the shots that killed her unborn girl.

Police initially accused 23-year-old Ebony Jemison of manslaughter, but the allegation against her was thrown out by a grand jury that decided not to put her on trial.

Instead, the would-be mother has now been charged with her unborn daughter's killing after she was accused of starting the fight that led to the shooting. reports Jones, who was five months pregnant, was rushed to hospital but the baby tragically died.

Police Lieutenant Danny Reid said at the time of the shooting: “The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby.

“It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.”

Lt Reid said the fight stemmed over the unborn baby’s father and it was Jones who started the fight, which caused Jemison to defend herself and led to the death of the baby.

Lt Reid said: "Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here.

“She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection."

Ms Jones is being held at Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 (£39,000) bond.

The case has divided Alabama where activists are accusing conservative lawmakers of giving unborn babies more rights than the mums who carry them.

Pro-choice activists view the prosecution of Ms Jones as the latest chilling test of strict laws affecting unborn children.