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Murder, Attempted Feticide Charges Dropped Against Ind. Woman Who Tried To Commit Suicide

Indiana prosecutors have dropped charges of murder and attempted feticide against an Indianapolis woman who tried to commit suicide in 2010 by ingesting rat poison while 33 weeks pregnant, Reuters reports (Guyett, Reuters, 8/2).

Indiana resident Bei Bei Shuai was hospitalized after the suicide attempt, and the infant was delivered via caesarean section but died a few days later. Shuai was charged in March 2011 under an Indiana law that makes it a crime to cause death or injury to a fetus (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/11).

Shuai, who is from China and does not have any family members in the U.S., pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal recklessness but will serve no further jail time as part of a plea agreement. She was released from prison on bond in May 2012 (Reuters, 8/2).