Abortion pill leads to murder charge after fetus dies

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ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia woman has been charged with malice murder in the death of a 5 1/2-month-old fetus she delivered after taking an abortion pill.

WALB-TV reports 23-year-old Kenlissa Jones took a Cytotec abortion pill she purchased on the Internet and delivered the fetus Saturday night. A neighbor drove Jones to the hospital, but she delivered the baby boy in the car.

Officials said the boy died after about half an hour at the hospital. Jones was arrested and taken to the Dougherty County Jail.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said the case will likely go before a grand jury. He said Georgia and federal laws will need to be explored. Under Georgia law, no abortions are authorized after the first trimester except in medical facilities.

Jones’ brother said he was stunned to hear the news.

“At that point we didn’t even know she was pregnant,” Rico Riggins told WALB-TV. “And so my first real reaction was like, ‘why is she keeping it away from us?”

Jones allegedly purcheased the drug from an online source based in Canada.

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