A woman in Alabama was arrested and charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of her fetus. The fetus was, obviously, in her belly. She didn't have the gun or pull the trigger. Someone else shot the woman in her stomach, causing the fetus to die. However, it is the mother of the fetus that is being charged. The shooter was charged with manslaughter, but the Grand Jury determined her charges should be dismissed. Instead, the Grand Jury indicted the mother of the baby. Does that seem right?
The "logic" behind the charge goes like this...when the mother was five months pregnant, she was in an altercation with another woman fighting over the unborn baby's father. Facts seem to indicate that the mother initiated the fight and attacked this other person. As a result, an altercation ensued and this other person decided to shoot the mother in the stomach. It is unclear if the mother knew the other person had a gun. The police believe that if a pregnant mother initiates a fight, she should have some responsibility with any injury caused to the unborn child because the child is dependent on a mother to keep it safe and should not seek out unnecessary physical altercations.
**UPDATE: As of July 3, 2019, Alabama authorities decided to drop the manslaughter charge against this woman due to the public outrage. The District Attorney stated that pursuing the charges is not in the best interest of justice, so the charges are being dropped.