INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for an Indianapolis woman charged with murder and feticide for allegedly killing her premature baby by ingesting rat poison argues that there's no way Bei Bei Shuai (BAY BAY SHWAY) could have known she was committing a crime.
The Indiana Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday as Shuai asked the court to order the charges against her dismissed or have her released on bail.
Attorney Linda Pence argues that Indiana's law was written to protect fetuses from violence from third parties, not from their own mothers. She says suicide isn't a crime and Shuai couldn't have expected to be arrested.
State attorney Ellen Meilaender (MY'-lander) argues that the case isn't about suicide. She told the court that Shuai was charged because she "took another viable life."