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Pregnant Woman Who Shot Self Dodges Charge

May 8, 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.

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