Pregnant Woman Is Shot, Then Indicted in Fetus' Death

Alabama police say Marshae Jones initiated fight that led to unborn baby's death
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2019 6:24 AM CDT
Updated Jun 27, 2019 12:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – A shooting in Alabama has led to manslaughter charges, but little else about the case is typical. The person charged is 27-year-old Marshae Jones of Birmingham, and the victim was her 5-month-old fetus, reports Al.com. Jones is not accused of firing the shots that killed her unborn girl, but police say she started the fight that culminated in the shooting. The details:

  • The shooting: By the police account, Jones went after Ebony Jemison, 23, outside a Dollar General store in Pleasant Grove, and Jemison eventually fired a gun to protect herself. A bullet struck Jones in the stomach, and her fetus didn't survive. Police initially charged Jemison in the December 2018 shooting, but those charges were dropped when a grand jury failed to indict her.
  • Police rationale: "Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here,’’ says police Lt. Danny Reid. The fetus was "dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm, and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations."

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