Alabama authorities indicted a woman whose unborn baby died when she was shot because they allege that the shooting resulted in a fight with another woman over the child’s father that she started.
Marshae Jones, 27, of Birmingham, was charged with manslaughter by a Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday.
She has been remanded into custody, AL.com reported.
According to authorities, the incident took place at around noon on December 4, 2018.
Police were told that there was a shooting outside a Dollar General store in the Birmingham suburb of Pleasant Grove.
Witnesses said that the shooting victim, Jones, was driven to nearby Fairfield.
Officers then went to Fairfield and found Jones with a gunshot wound to the stomach. She was rushed to a local hospital.
It was later learned that Jones was five months pregnant. The fetus did not survive the shooting.
Investigators later learned that the shooting took place as a result of a dispute between Jones and Ebony Jemison, 23.
When authorities failed to secure an indictment against Jemison, they decided to seek charges against Jones.
‘The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,’ Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid said at the time of 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.’
According to Reid, Jones and Jemison got into an argument over the baby’s father.
‘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.’
Jones will be remanded to Jefferson County Jail, where she will be held on $50,000 bond.