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Her baby was stillborn because of meth, police say. Now she’s charged with murder

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Los Angeles Times quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on a trial where the drug-addicted mother of a stillborn has been charged with murder.

“It becomes a question of whether you as a prosecutor think that it’s appropriate to treat a woman who has a drug addiction problem as having enough agency and choice to act at that level of extreme indifference to the well-being of her unborn child,” Armour said.

“I think a lot of people might be reluctant to go there, but some might not. And apparently this prosecutor is one of those who is willing to attribute that level of subjective culpability and blameworthiness to an addicted mother with respect to her own unborn child.”

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