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.