A 27-year-old Alabama woman, identified as Marshae Jones, was, on Wednesday, indicted by a grand jury in the shooting death of her unborn child, even though, police say, another woman pulled the trigger.
The suspect was five months pregnant on December 4, 2018, when an argument broke out between her and another woman outside a Dollar General, AL.com reported.
The fight, which police said was over the unborn baby’s father, saw 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shooting Jones in the stomach. The mother survived the shooting, but it resulted in a miscarriage.
Jemison was charged with manslaughter, but a grand jury failed to indict her, and the charge was dismissed. At the time, police alleged that Jones started the argument, and that Jemison shot Jones in self-defense.
“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” Pleasant Grove police, Lt. Danny Reid, said in December, in the days following the shooting.
“It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby,” he added. She will be taken to a jail in Jefferson County on $50,000 bond.
“Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here,” Reid said. “She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection”