Mom's lawyers want to bar baby's autopsy photos

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm •  Published: March 2, 2013
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Shuai's lawyers said in their motion to bar the autopsy photographs that the pictures didn't prove anything because they didn't show any evidence of effects from the poison. Instead, they unnecessarily depicted the infant's body in various "gruesome" stages of dissection, the documents said.

Delaware Chief State Medical Examiner Richard Callery advised Shuai's attorneys that some of the photographs were unprofessional and inflammatory, the documents said.

Shuai's lawyers also renewed their call for the judge to dismiss the murder charges, saying that she had only intended to commit suicide, which is not illegal in Indiana. They also said that the fetal murder law under which Shuai was charged was intended to protect pregnant women from attack, not to protect fetuses from their mothers.

The case in Indiana has drawn international attention from medical groups and reproductive rights advocates who claim it could set a precedent by which pregnant women could be prosecuted for smoking or other behavior that authorities deem dangerous to an unborn child. Dozens of organizations have filed friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of Shuai.

Shuai was released on bond last May. Her trial is currently set for April 22.



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