An Oklahoma girl was convicted of first-degree manslaughter after struggling a miscarriage final 12 months that prosecutors argued she induced together with her drug use.
A Comanche County jury convicted Brittney Poolaw, 21, earlier this month. She was sentenced to 4 years in jail.
An post-mortem on the fetus decided it had died round 17 weeks gestation earlier than it was thought-about viable. A fetus is deemed viable at 20 weeks, when it might probably survive exterior the womb.
In October of final 12 months, Poolaw was accused of inflicting the miscarriage she suffered on January 4, 2020. She gave start at house, and he or she later admitted to utilizing each meth and marijuana. She examined constructive for each substances.
In keeping with the Lawton Structure, the medical expert’s report listed the fetus’ explanation for dying as “intrauterine fetal demise due to maternal meth use.” The fetus’ mind and liver examined constructive for meth, in response to the toxicology report.
An OBGYN testified for the state at Poolaw’s trial that whereas the meth might have affected the being pregnant, it is probably not the reason for dying for the fetus.