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Woman Charged With “Feticide” Will Get Bail Hearing Again, But Not Until December

Woman Charged With “Feticide” Will Get Bail Hearing Again, But Not Until December

Bei Bei Shuai has been in prison for over 8 months, charged with “feticide” for delivering a premature baby that died days later after the mother ingested rat poison in a suicide attempt. Now the Indiana Court of Appeals has stated it will hear her case asking for release on bail.

But not until mid-December.

Shuai was denied both a dismissal of her case, as well as a previous request to be released on bail back in August, despite roughly 80 “friend of the court” briefings asking that she be released.  Numerous advocates rallied for the Indiana woman, stating that those who try to commit suicide need assistance, not to be put in jail.

Shuai, who had taken poison after an emotional breakup, said she was trying to kill herself, but when she told her friends what she had done, they convinced her to go to the hospital instead.  Once there, she gave birth to her daughter prematurely, and the baby was put on life support.  On January 3rd, 2011, “Angel” died.

Suicide protection activists, as well as Shuai’s lawyer, have expressed concern that keeping Shuai in jail and finding her guilty of murder could set a precedent that will cause other mother’s who try to hurt themselves to refuse to seek help, afraid of similar actions.  Allowing bail, at least, would be a step in the right direction.  However, prosecution says that bail is nearly always denied in murder cases.

Want to get involved? Sign the petition below to ask the state to release Shuai.

 

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12:36AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Oh this is so wrong!!!!! Let her out! Help her, don;t condemn her!

6:25AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

She was killing herself, not being a murderer. Or what, would it be more compassionate to wait until the child is born and then let her kill herself if she so wants, because the precious baybee would be alive?

5:42AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Suicidal people deserve help, not prison, period. There is no "unless they're pregnant".

8:03PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Pamela F. You have no compassion! Who the hell are you to judge!!!
She tried to kill herself not the baby. Depression is debilitating You can not think straight!

7:28PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Power and control is what this is all about. Talk about human rights in other countries, how about human rights in the USA? Women don't seem to have any rights. She had a breakdown, she did not commit murder. O.J. really committed murder and got away with it. Will she get a fair trial? Does she have the best lawyers money can buy? I don't think so.

3:23PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Let me guess: another hard-case situation useful in justifying somebody's infanticidal ambitions. Now how is this progressive?

12:34PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

This person obviously just needs help. Who the hell would want to throw her in jail?

10:12AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

SHAME on INDIANA! Making this woman an example just cut your republicans seats by 99%!

7:50AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Marie W - She should be spayed? You do realize we are talking about a human being and not a cat or dog. This is a human being who is from another culture who is pregnant and being pregnant has lots of hormones flowing. Do you know what she was thinking when she too the rat poison? Does anyone know how she felt? She needs to be in a hospital not a prison. That's Indiana for you. Not surprised.

7:47AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN KILLING HERSELF. Then you would be justified in your anger at her....but I would wager that God or Jesus would have more compassion than any of you do.

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