How does a pregnant mother, who got shot in the stomach, end up being the one charged for her baby’s death?
According to the New York Times:
“Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when she was shot in the stomach. Her fetus did not survive the shooting, which the authorities say happened during a dispute with another woman.
But on Wednesday, it was Ms. Jones who was charged in the death.
Ms. Jones, 28, was charged with manslaughter and released from jail on Thursday after posting $50,000 bond, according to the authorities and the website of Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office in Alabama. The police have said she was culpable because she started the fight that led to the shooting and failed to remove herself from harm’s way.”
This is a tragedy. All the way around. It is a tragedy that the mother had a physical altercation during her pregnancy. It is a tragedy her baby died. It is a tragedy the mother, while still mourning the loss of her child, is charged with the manslaughter of her own baby.