Police claim Jones is at fault for the death of her unborn child as she allegedly started a fight over her baby’s father, and authorities say Jemison was acting in self-defence.
“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, according to Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid.=.
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 said. “She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection.
The five-month foetus, he added, was "dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm, and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations.”
Jones will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail and held on a $50,000 (£39,339) bond.
The news prompted intense outcry and criticism
In #Alabama a pregnant woman, Marshae Jones, got in a fight and somebody shot her in the stomach.
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Republican Kay Ivey signed the measure, a day after it was passed by the state senate and the measure bans abortions, except in the case of a serious risk to the mother's health, and makes it a crime punishable by up to 99 years in jail for any doctor who performs such a procedure.
“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” Ms Ivey, 74, said in a statement issued along with an image of her signing the bill.