Alabama DA won’t prosecute woman who was shot, lost fetus


FILE – This file photo provided by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office shows Marshae Jones. Lawyers defending Jones, who was arrested last week after a grand jury issued an indictment saying she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight while five-months pregnant, said Monday, July 1, 2019, the charges are “completely unreasonable and unjust” and should be dismissed. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama district attorney has decided to drop the charges against a woman who was indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight.

Marshae Jones was arrested June 26 after a grand jury concluded she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight with another woman.

Jones was five-months pregnant when she was shot in the stomach in a December altercation.

Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington announced the decision at a news conference Wednesday.

Jones’ attorneys filed a motion Monday asking that the charges be dismissed. They called the charges “completely unreasonable and unjust.”

Advocates for women’s rights expressed outrage over the arrest, calling it another attempt to charge women for crimes related to their pregnancies.

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