Woman freed after judge rejects feticide charge - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Woman freed after judge rejects feticide charge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge woman who allegedly snorted cocaine before giving birth to a stillborn fetus has been freed from jail following a judge's decision to reject a criminal charge against her.

State District Judge Trudy White ruled that 32-year-old Princess Beachem couldn't be held on a charge of second-degree feticide because the felony count doesn't apply to actions by expectant mothers.

White told The Advocate on Friday that her ruling doesn't prevent authorities from bringing a different charge against Beachem.

Beachem was seven months pregnant when she was taken to a hospital in September after complaining of stomach pains. After doctors performed an emergency cesarean section, Beachem allegedly told investigators she had snorted cocaine a few days earlier.

Beachem was arrested on Nov. 15.

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