An unborn baby reportedly lived for 30 minutes after a woman in Alabama took a drug that can cause an abortion by inducing a miscarriage. Kenlissa Jones, 23, now faces murder charges in the death of the baby after she purchased an ulcer drug from Canada that is known to cause contractions as a side effect.
The RU 486 abortion drug is only meant to be used during the first 7 weeks of pregnancy and abortion clinics routinely check the age of the baby before doing the abortion.
Although the baby in this case died, LifeNews has profiled cases of babies who survived the abortion drug process.
Jones, 23, was charged with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug. She was taken to the Dougherty County Jail.
Officials said Jones took an ‘abortion pill’ that she purchased on the internet, and delivered her five-and-a-half-month-old fetus while inside a car. On Saturday night, a neighbor drove Jones to the hospital, but she delivered the baby boy in the car on the way.
The child died after about half an hour at the hospital.
Jones was placed in the Dougherty County Jail without bond. She has another son who is just under two years old.
Riggins and his wife have been granted guardianship of the boy while his mother’s legal standings are decided.
Jones’ family was surprised when they head about what happened because they didn’t know she was pregnant.
Jones’ brother and family were stunned to hear the news.
“At that point we didn’t even know she was pregnant,” said her brother Rico Riggins. “And so my first real reaction was like, why she keeping it away from us.”
“We lost what would have been a nephew for me. And everything. And then my sister,” said Riggins.
Meanwhile, Jones’ mother and grandmother are grieving.
“We’re coping the best we can. We’re hoping we get a lot of prayers,” said Riggins. “I don’t want anyone to be mad or upset with my family. At the end of the day they are doing the best we can.”