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Chinese immigrant pleads guilty in baby’s death

August 2, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Chinese immigrant charged with killing her child by eating rat poison while she was pregnant has pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness in a U.S. court as part of a deal reached with prosecutors.

Prosecutor Terry Curry said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that 36-year-old Bei Bei Shuai pleaded guilty Friday to the misdemeanor and was sentenced to time served, which was 178 days.

Murder and feticide charges were dropped.

Curry says he decided to accept the lesser charge because a number of rulings by the court related to evidence had hurt the prosecution’s case. He says he decided to accept the lesser charge rather than to appeal those decisions.

A message was left at the office of Shuai’s attorney, Linda Pence, seeking comment.

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