Pregnant Woman Who Shot Self Dodges Charge
May. 08, 2006
SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) _ A judge on Monday dismissed a charge of inducing an abortion against a woman who shot herself in the abdomen the morning her baby was to have been born.
In February Tammy Skinner, 22, told police that a man had picked her up, shot her and pushed her out of the car. Then she blamed the child's father for shooting her.
Finally the mother of two children _ both girls, as was the infant who died _ admitted that the wound was self-inflicted.
The judge tossed the abortion charge based on defense arguments that cases filed under similar laws in Florida and Georgia had been dismissed.
The judge found Skinner guilty of filing a false police report and suspended a 30-day jail sentence.