Based on her alleged role in starting a fight that led to the gunfire, Marshae Jones has been indicted by an Alabama Grand jury for here role in her own child’s death.
A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Marshae Jones, 27, based on her alleged role in starting a fight that led to the gunfire, CNN affiliate WBMA reported.
Jones was five months pregnant in December when she got into a fight with another woman outside a Dollar General store in Pleasant Grove, just west of Birmingham, the station said.
Authorities say the dispute involved the baby’s father, AL.com reported.
“It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby,” Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid told AL.com shortly after the shooting.
Reid went on to say Jones’ actions led the other woman, Ebony Jemison, to react and defend herself.
“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” Reid told AL.com.
The Yellowhammer Fund, which helps women who are unable to afford an abortion or the costs of travel, said Jones’ indictment is ridiculous.
“Marshae Jones is being charged with manslaughter for being pregnant and getting shot while engaging in an altercation with a person who had a gun,” Executive Director Amanda Reyes said in a statement.
“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.”
According to Alabama law, manslaughter happens when:
— A person recklessly causes the death of another person; or
— A person causes the death of another person under circumstances that would constitute murder, “except that he or she causes the death due to a sudden heat of passion caused by provocation recognized by law, and before a reasonable time for the passion to cool and for reason to reassert itself.”
Manslaughter is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Jemison, the accused shooter, initially faced a charge of manslaughter, AL.com reported. But a grand jury declined to indict the 23-year-old.
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