(INDIANAPOLIS) - About 100 people turned out in downtown Indianapolis to chant slogans and wave signs demanding prosecutors drop charges against a woman charged with murdering her infant by eating rat poison while pregnant.
The crowd that clustered in front of the City Market Saturday was mostly female and included college students, reproductive rights activists and clergy who say Bei Bei Shuai shouldn't be charged with murder for a suicide attempt.
Supporters say Shuai should receive mental health treatment, not prison time.
Shuai was eight months pregnant when she ate rat poison in December 2010. The baby died three days after premature delivery. Prosecutors charged the Chinese immigrant with murder and attempted feticide the following March.
Shuai's trial is scheduled for Sept. 3. She's out of jail on bond.
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