An Alabama woman was charged with manslaughter after her unborn baby died when she was shot during a confrontation with another woman, according to AL.com.
Marshae Jones was charged with manslaughter and taken into custody Wednesday for the December 2018 incident. The woman who shot her, Ebony Jemison, was initially charged with manslaughter but the charge was dismissed when a grand jury failed ot indict.
Jones, who was five months pregnant at the time was charged because authorities say she initiated and pressed the fight with Jemison at a Pleasant Grove Dollar General, and that Jemison was acting in self defense.
“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” Pleasant Grove Lt. Danny Reid said according to AL.com. “It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.
“Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here,” Reid also said. “She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection.”
Police said the conflict that led to the shooting was about the unborn baby’s father.
Jones is being held in Jefferson County Jail where she is being held on $50,000 bond.
“When a a 5-month pregnant woman initiates a fight and attacks another person, I believe some responsibility lies with her as to any injury to her unborn child,” Reid said. “That child is dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm, and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations.”