Proposed law wants murder charge option in fetal death
6:10 PM, Jan 30, 2018
6:12 PM, Jan 30, 2018
Laura Wallen was shot and killed while she was four months pregnant. Her boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, is charged with her death but not in the death of the couple's unborn child. Laura Wallen planned to name him Reid.
The law in Maryland only covers the deaths of unborn babies who are considered viable outside the womb.
Wallen's family, Senator Justin Ready and Delegate Trent Kittleman are proposing a law that would allow the charge of murder or manslaughter in the death of an unborn child at any stage of development.
Those opposed to the bill believe it opens up the door for a discussion about the definition of a viable fetus and could start a debate on abortion laws.
Maryland is one of only 12 states that can not prosecute for murder in the death of an unborn child.