Mom's Unborn Baby Killed After Facebook Argument

Woman accused of shooting pregnant neighbor in stomach
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2014 12:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – An absolutely awful story out of Florida, where a Facebook argument led to a shooting—and the death of an unborn baby. It's not clear what Virginia Denise Wyche, 35, and Makeisha Nicole Brooks, 23, fought about online Tuesday night, but Brooks—who was six months pregnant—went to Wyche's house Wednesday to talk about the disagreement, and Wyche is charged with shooting Brooks in the stomach after Brooks allegedly slapped her in the face. The unborn baby died, and Brooks is in critical condition, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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Police say Wyche admitted to the shooting; she was arrested and charged with attempted murder. Authorities won't say whether she might be charged in the death of the unborn baby, although the Times-Union notes that murder charges in such cases are possible. She and Brooks were acquaintances and live in the same neighborhood. "They were arguing out front, something about Facebook," a neighbor tells Fox 30. Wyche's mom tells News 4 Jax, "Somebody had to provoke my child ... to do what she (did). I don't know if she was trying to defend herself, or if they (were) trying to jump on my child, I can't say." (In another recent tragedy, a state trooper accidentally shot and killed his pregnant wife and their unborn baby.)

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