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Murder charges over California woman's stillbirth allowed

Murder charges over California woman's stillbirth allowed
A California woman whose drug-use authorities have said caused her fetus to be stillborn can be prosecuted on murder charges, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled.

According to a statement from the Hanford Police Department last year, the coroner’s office in Kings County decided to rule the fetus’ death a homicide due to toxic levels of methamphetamine uncovered in its system.(Kings County Sheriff's Office) The 26-year-old’s legal team has since argued there is a lack of evidence proving Becker’s drug use resulted in the loss of the pregnancy.Most Read Philip Esbenshade, executive assistant to Kings County District Attorney Keith Fagundes, on the other hand, argued that the law allows for a murder charge when there is “reckless or indifferent unlawful conduct of a mother that results in the unlawful death of her fetus.A California woman whose drug-use authorities have said resulted in the stillbirth of her fetus can be prosecuted on murder charges, the state’s Supreme Court has ruled.

” Chelsea Becker admitted using meth while pregnant, authorities said.Chelsea Becker has been in jail since she delivered her stillborn fetus in 2019, with bail set at $2 million.

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