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Marshae Jones, a 27-year-old mother who lost her unborn child after she was shot multiple times in the stomach during a fight she started in 2018, was arrested and charged with manslaughter on Wednesday, sparking national outrage among abortion advocates.
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An AL.com report said police had initially charged another woman, 23-year-old Ebony Jemison with manslaughter for the unborn baby girl’s death, but the charge was dismissed after a grand jury failed to indict her. Jones was five months pregnant at the time.
Police say the fight between Jones, who is from Birmingham, and Jemison stemmed from a dispute over the unborn baby’s father. Jones was shot around noon on Dec. 4, 2018, outside a Dollar General store in Pleasant Grove.
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“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,’’ Pleasant Grove Police Lt. Danny Reid noted at the time of the shooting. “It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.”
Jones’ actions forced Jemison to defend herself, officials said.
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"Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here,’’ Reid added. “She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection."
Jones was transferred to the Jefferson County Jail where she was held on $50,000 bond.
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Her indictment has sparked national outrage among abortion rights advocates.
“The state of Alabama has proven yet again that the moment a person becomes pregnant their sole responsibility is to produce a live, healthy baby and that it considers any action a pregnant person takes that might impede in that live birth to be a criminal act,’’ Amanda Reyes, executive director of The Yellowhammer Fund, a member of the National Network of Abortion...
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