UPDATE: DA drops manslaughter charges against pregnant woman whose unborn child was killed in shooting

Criminal charges have reportedly been dropped against an Alabama woman whose unborn child was killed when she was shot during a fight late last year.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Marshae Jones was arrested last month and was later indicted for manslaughter. Prosecutors initially sought charges against 23-year-old Ebony Jemison, but determined the preceding fight was provoked by Jones.

Pleasant Grove Police Lt. Danny Reid said an investigation found Jones’ “unborn baby is the victim” in this case.

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“She had no choice in being brought unnecessarily into a fight where she was relying on her mother for protection,” he said.

According to Fox News, however, prosecutors say they are no longer pursuing the manslaughter charge against her.

The initial indictment led to widespread backlash on social media and prompted legal challenges regarding what type of behavior could lead to charges against a pregnant woman who loses a fetus.

Attorneys representing Jones presented their motion to dismiss the case earlier this week, arguing the rationale behind charging her was “tortured” and “irrational.” In response, Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington confirmed her office would no longer be pursuing charges.

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[Featured image: Marshae Jones/Jefferson County Jail]