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Indy Woman Charged With Murdering Newborn

Last updated on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - An Indianapolis woman charged with murdering her newborn baby as a result of her own suicide attempt wants to be released from jail on bond.

Marion Superior Court Judge Sheila Carlisle must decide whether to set a bond for 34-year-old Bei Bei Shuai after her attorney argued Tuesday that her client is not a flight risk or danger to others.

Attorney Linda Pence also asked the judge to dismiss the murder and attempted charges against Shuai, claiming the charges are unwarranted and could prevent other mentally ill mothers from seeking treatment.

But Prosecutors argued that Shuai left a suicide note and intended to kill herself and her unborn child, which constitutes the murder charge.

Several medical experts, including the Co-Director of the Center For Law and Health at I.U. School of Law in Indianapolis, are protesting the charges.

David Orentlicher co-authored a brief in support of Shuai.

Orentlicher maintains the case, if prosecuted, would keep other pregnant women with mental illness or substance abuse issues from seeking prenatal care.

Carlisle has yet to rule on either issue.

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