Fetal Homicide (Ohio)

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Ohio has had it's first conviction under it new fetal homicide law.

Airman Gregory Robbins pled guilty in a military court to the killing of his girlfriend's unborn child, as well as to assault charges. Robbins was arrested on September 12 (1996), when base police responded to a domestic violence call. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

According to Greene County coroner Dr Manoj Desai, the baby died on September 14 as a result of separation from the placenta and a ruptured uterus.

The law had gone into effect just six days before.

In another development, in March, 1997, a woman charged under this law argued that she could not be found guilty because she was not aware of the existence of the baby at the time of the incident.

She was annoyed with another driver because of "the way she merged into traffic", so she pulled in front of her and slammed on her breaks. The other driver swerved to miss her and hit a truck. While the driver survived, her unborn child did not.

Source: Xenia Daily Gazette, September 15, 1996, and March 31, 1997.
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Written April 1997. Posted 25 Jan 2001.

Copyright 1997 by Ohio Right to Life
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