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Kenlissia Jones Murder Charge Dropped; Woman Who Induced Abortion Is Free

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 01:14 PM

Kenlissia Jones’ murder charge was dismissed Wednesday after she was arrested for taking pills to induce an abortion and end her pregnancy.

In a statement, Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards announced Jones’ release from jail, though the 23-year-old still faces a charge of dangerous drug possession, but it is only a misdemeanor, according to The Associated Press.

“Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts related to the end of her pregnancy,” Edwards said in the statement.

Georgia law prohibits the prosecution of illegal abortions in cases of ending one's own pregnancy, also known as feticide.

A police report said Jones took four Cytotec pills she ordered online to end her pregnancy after a break-up with her boyfriend, according to the AP.

Cytotec is misoprostol, a drug that heals ulcers, and when combined with mifepristone, it induces labor.

A hospital social worker told police that Jones went into labor and delivered the child on the way to the hospital in a car.

“Once she took those pills, from the way I'm understanding it, she was in a world of hurt for a while,” Jones’ brother Rico Riggins told WALB-TV.

The baby did not live, only surviving about half an hour. Authorities told WALB-TV earlier that Jones was about five and a half months into her pregnancy at the time.

Police arrested Jones at the hospital after a social worker contacted them.

Jones is the mother of a 2-year-old son, and last year gave away her second child to another family, Riggins told The Washington Post. Jones’ third child was a surprise to her family.

Both abortion proponents and opponents were baffled by the arrest and murder charge.

“I have been involved in the pro-life movement for well over 20 years, and I’m not aware of a situation like this ever,” Genevieve Wilson, director of Georgia's Right to Life, told the AP. “I’m very surprised by it.”

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