Woman charged with manslaughter after victim's unborn baby dies

Marshae Jones  Police Department

According to police, Jones, 27, was shot after they said she started a fight with 23-year-old Ebony Jemison.

AL.Com reports that 28-year-old Marshae Jones was indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday.

It wasn't immediately clear how much time had passed between the shooting and when Jones was located, but AL.com said she was transferred to a local hospital after she was found.

According to Pleasant Groove Police Lt. Danny Reid, the only victim in the incident was the baby.

Authorities had concluded that the pregnant mom was responsible for the baby's death because she "initiated and continued the fight", which was allegedly linked to the baby's father.

While Jemison was initially charged with manslaughter, she was not indicted by a grand jury and the charges were dropped.

The Yellowhammer Fund, which provides funding for abortion access in Alabama, has taken up Ms Jones' case.

Jones was taken into custody Wednesday after being indicted on manslaughter charges.

Jones, Reid said, started the fight with Jemison over the unborn child's father on December 4. The fetus did not survive the shooting.

Marshae Jones (left) was five months pregnant when she was shot.

When authorities failed to secure an indictment against Jemison, they chose to seek charges against Jones. "She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection".

Social media is collectively raising its digital eyebrow after it was reported a pregnant Alabama woman was arrested on manslaughter charges after being shot in the stomach. He added, the fetus was still "dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm, and she shouldn't seek out unnecessary physical altercations". Tomorrow, it will be another black woman, maybe for having a drink while pregnant. The group gained national attention after the passage of Alabama's new abortion law.

The indictment has caused an uproar on Twitter, where many consider it an assault on women's rights and are drawing parallels to recent legislation outlawing abortion in several states. "And after that, another, for not obtaining adequate prenatal care".

Reyes vowed to make sure that Jones is 'released from jail on bond' and vowed to assist her with legal representation so that 'she gets justice for the multiple attacks that she has endured'.



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