Murder Charge Dropped Against Woman Who Killed Her 5-Month-Old Unborn Child, Baby Lived 30 Minutes

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 10, 2015   |   5:05PM   |   Washington, DC

The murder charge has been dropped against a woman from Alabam who illegally purchased part of the legal Ru 486 abortion pill and took it to kill her baby, who was five months old at the time of the abortion. The baby wound up living for 30 minutes afterwards.

As LifeNews has reported, 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, initially faced a murder charge in the death of the baby after she purchased an ulcer drug from Canada that is known to cause contractions as a side effect.

Jones, 23, was charged with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug. She was taken to the Dougherty County Jail.

After she took the drug, 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.

Now, that murder charge has been dropped:

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards dismissed a malice murder charge against 23-year-old Kenlissia Jones, who spent about three days in jail after seeking help at a hospital.

But he said Jones still faces a misdemeanor charge of possessing a dangerous drug, which Georgia law defines as any drug requiring a prescription.

Georgia has prohibited the prosecution of women for feticide or for performing illegal abortions in cases involving their own pregnancies. Edwards said the arresting officers acted within their authority and used “their best understanding of the law,” but that their understanding was incorrect.

“Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts related to the end of her pregnancy,” the prosecutor said.

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.

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“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.”

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.