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A manslaughter charge has been dropped against an Alabama woman whose unborn baby died during a fight in which she was shot in the stomach five times.
Marshae - Jones - Months - Pregnant - Co-worker
Marshae Jones, who was five months pregnant when she was accused of beating up a co-worker who ultimately drew a gun and fired it at her five times, wounding her in the stomach and killing her unborn baby, is no longer being considered responsible for the baby's death, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The fight occurred at a Dollar General store on Dec. 4, 2018, in Pleasant Grove, a city of approximately 10,000 residents located west of Birmingham.
Woman - Fight - Person - Responsibility - Injury
“When a five-month-pregnant woman initiates a fight and attacks another person, I believe some responsibility lies with her as to any injury to her unborn child,” Lt. Danny Reid of the Pleasant Grove Police Department, said at the time.
“That child is dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm, and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations.”
Jury - Jefferson - Country - Charges - Co-worker
The grand jury in Jefferson Country scrapped the charges against the co-worker, finding that she had acted in self-defense. Jones, however, was indicted for “initiating a fight knowing she was five months pregnant” and was arrested last week, as the grand jury deemed her culpable. Her arrest precipitated a national outcry, particularly from abortion rights advocates.
District Attorney Lynneice Washington said on Wednesday that she was dropping the case entirely.
Interest - Justice - Prosecution - Ms - Jones
“I have determined that it is not in the best interest of justice to pursue prosecution of Ms. Jones on the manslaughter charge for which she was indicted by the grand jury,” she told the media.
“No further legal action will be taken against Ms. Jones in...
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