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Indiana Woman May Be Charged With Feticide For Ingesting Rat Poison

Indiana Woman May Be Charged With Feticide For Ingesting Rat Poison

Indiana police are considering charging a woman with feticide after she ingested rat poison, according to the local Fox News affiliate.

Metro police are investigating the death of a newborn baby following allegations the mother ingested rat poison prior to giving birth.

Investigators say the pregnant Bei Bei Shuai mentioned to some of her friends in Anderson on December 23 that she had ingested rat poison. Those friends said they immediately convinced Shuai to check into St. Johns Hospital in Anderson.

Once there, officials at the hospital determined Shuai needed to be transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She gave birth to a baby girl there named “Angel” on New Year’s Eve. The coroner’s report stated Angel died just two days later from consumption of rat poison.

Indiana passed a tougher feticide law back in 2009 in response to a robbery attempt in which one victim lost her unborn twins in the shooting.  Both the current law and its predecessor were written to allow higher penalties for criminals who purposefully or inadvertently end the life of an unborn child when committing a crime.  However, in this case it appear that for the first time it would be enacted against a woman for attempting to end her own pregnancy.

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5:17PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

(My comment was cut in half)

A lot of people get post natal depression, & one very common symptom of that are urges to leave the house/car/hospital leaving the baby behind, or urges to kill the child, either by smothering, shaking, throwing out of windows, etc. It is not pleasant, but with treatment a lot of these feelings & urges go away, & it is often an indicator of the mother feeling out of her depth & also being overrun with hormones.

Try not to judge her without knowing what led her to such desperate action. You don't know what she has been through.


Rovena C. & Jennifer M.: I completely agree, one of the biggest reasons for attempted suicide while pregnant is that they don't want the child, can't care for the child either emotionally or financially, & were unable to have an abortion for either legal reasons or because of social stigma.

4:43PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Ginger S: It wasn't an abortion, it was a suicide attempt. She doesn't need to be punished, she needs help & counselling. I work in mental health, I have met & helped women who attempted suicide while pregnant or who tried to terminate the pregnancy themselves (because they felt unable to get an abortion through a doctor because of the social stigma.) Luckily in the cases I know of both the mother & child both survived, & the mother then received help. In all cases the mother & child are still alive today, & I know for certain that in one of the cases the mother actually cares for her child herself, because with help, counselling & treatment she stopped feeling suicidal, & wanted to keep her child.

I would also say that yes, if a mother waited until her child was born & then attempted to kill it, she would most definitely need help. Most people who want to kill anyone need help, because they are usually without any doubt highly unbalanced people. I'm not saying that murder should go unpunished, but the best way of making sure it doesn't happen again it to treat the underlying cause, which is usually do to with their mental health.

A lot of people get post natal depression, & one very common symptom of that are urges to leave the house/car/hospital leaving the baby behind, or urges to kill the child, either by smothering, shaking, throwing out of windows, etc. It is not pleasant, but with treatment a lot of these feelings & ur

12:32PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Right on, Rovena C.

8:46AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

Back to the dark ages - when attempting suicide was a crime.

Next step - make it a capital offense.

5:59AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

She was trying to end her own life, she needs help not judgement

10:00AM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

women need access to abortion so they do not resort to extreme measures.

12:05PM PST on Feb 16, 2011

The article doesn't state the age of the fetus. Was she full-term? in which case, it is murder. If it was a botched abortion attempt, the woman is too stupid to be a mother, but just stupid enough to serve a sentence for murder.

3:07PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Noted.....

12:42PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

she doesn't deserve to be a mother...and her child deserves to be reincarnated to a real loving mother. And yes she needs punished. Any kind of abortion...done when the baby is far enough along to live outside the womb is just evil selfish murder. Those done before that point are questionable in my opinion, but at least those are somewhat excusable...but this sort of story is just disturbing.

12:04PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

If she'd had easy access to an abortion this probably wouldn't have happened...

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