by on June 30, 2019

A 27-year-old woman in Alabama has been indicted for manslaughter after losing her unborn baby in a shooting – despite not being the shooter. Marshae Jones was arrested on Wednesday for initiating a dispute last December that led to another woman shooting her in the stomach, local media reported. Charges against the shooter were dismissed after a failed indictment.

Pro-choice groups are now saying it shows how the state’s new restrictive abortion laws can affect other cases. On 4 December, while she was five months pregnant, Ms Jones was involved in a fight with 23-year-old Ebony Jemison outside of a Dollar General store, according to

According to police, the argument began over the unborn child’s father, and resulted in Ms Jemison eventually shooting Ms Jones and leading to her miscarriage. Ms Jemison faced a manslaughter charge that was dismissed after a grand jury failed to indict her, reported. Police then said that since Ms Jones allegedly started the initial argument and endangered her baby’s life, she would face similar charges. Police also alleged that Ms Jemison was forced to defend herself from Ms Jones.

 Police mugshot of Marshae Jones, 27

Pleasant Grove police Lt Danny Reid said in December: “The only true victim in this was the unborn baby. It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.” Lt Reid added that the child “had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection”.

On Wednesday, Ms Jones was arrested for manslaughter and taken to Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 (£40,000) bond. She was released on Thursday after posting the bond.








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