Wednesday, April 07, 2004

YES! Exactly What I was Hoping For...

Plea Bargain for Mom in C-Section Case
By ALEXANDRIA SAGE, Associated Press Writer

SALT LAKE CITY - The woman accused of murdering one of her twins by failing to undergo a timely Caesarean section pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of child endangerment.

Melissa Ann Rowland had been charged with murder for failing to follow doctors' advice to undergo the procedure, which they said was necessary to save the life of her twins. Under a plea bargain, the murder charge was dropped.

Prosecutors said Rowland, 28, acted with "depraved indifference" when she allegedly ignored doctors' repeated warnings to undergo a C-section to save the babies' lives.

On Wednesday, she admitted using cocaine in the weeks before she finally underwent the C-section that produced a stillborn boy. The second child, a girl who survived and has been adopted, was found with cocaine and alcohol in her system.

Thank God. I am glad someone FINALLY took a look at the fact that she was doing cocaine and alochol and was endangering both of her children. That is the prosecutable offense, not what they were trying to pin on her for not having a C-Section.

Read the whole story here.


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