An Alabama woman who was involved in a fight and was shot in the belly has been indicted and could be sent to jail for the death of her unborn baby, while the shooter goes free.
Marshae Jones, a 27-year-old Birmingham woman, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a manslaughter charge and has been taken into custody.
AL reports that although Jones didn’t fire the shots that killed her unborn baby girl, she initiated the dispute that led to the gunfire, leading to the death of the baby.
The shooting happened about noon on December 4, 2018, outside Dollar General on Park Road. Officers were dispatched to the scene on a report of someone shot but Jones had been taken to the hospital. She had been shot in the stomach and the unborn baby did not survive the shooting.
Although Jones has been indicted, her shooter, 23-year-old Ebony Jemison, who was initially charged with manslaughter, has been dismissed after the grand jury failed to indict her.
According to Pleasant Groove Police Lt. Danny Reid, the only victim in the incident was the baby. “It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby,” Reid said.
“Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here,’’ Reid added, insisting that the baby “had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection.”
He added that the foetus was “dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm, and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations.”
Reid said the fight stemmed over the unborn baby’s father.
Jones will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail where she will be held on $50,000 bond.
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