An Alabama woman who lost her unborn baby after she was shot in the stomach, now incredulously was indicted in the child’s death.
Marshae Jones, a 27-year-old from Birmingham, was involved in an altercation that occurred on December 4 outside of a local Dollar General store. Jones and the shooter, Ebony Jamison, 32, were reportedly involved in a physical fight which could have turned deadly after Jamison opened fire.
Jones was taken to the hospital, but her five-month-old baby did not survive.
Police originally arrested Jamison and charged her with manslaughter, but a grand jury decided to not hand down an indictment for Jamison, but to charge Jones instead. She was taken into custody on Wednesday and is being held on $50,000 bail, AL.com reports.
As to how and why this could happen, Pleasant Grove Police Lt. Danny Reid gave a shocking summary of events in an interview with the outlet, in which he places the blame on Jones.
“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,’’ 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, the altercation resulted over the child’s father and he contends that Jamison was forced to defend herself.
“Let’s not lose sight that the unborn baby is the victim here,’’ Reid continued. “She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection.”
I did some digging and discovered that an Alabama-based organization, the Yellow Hammer Fund, is working toward getting Jones out of jail on her $50k bond and securing financial assistance for legal fees.
“The state of Alabama has proven yet again that the moment a person becomes pregnant their sole responsibility is to produce a live, healthy baby and that it considers any action a pregnant person takes that might impede in that live birth to be a criminal act,’’ Executive Director Amanda Reyes said in a statement.“
The state’s new restrictive abortion laws haven’t even gone into effect yet but they have apparently already found other ways to criminalize women, a Black woman at that.
In what world does any of this makes sense? It’s also not lost on me that Alabama has one of the worst rates for women’s and infant health in the country. It’s also rated as one of the worst states in education, infrastructure, opportunity for residents, fiscal stability, etc. Not surprising, but still sad.