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Autopsy scheduled in 'abortion pill' death

Kenlissia Jones, 23, was charged and taken to the Dougherty County Jail. Kenlissia Jones, 23, was charged and taken to the Dougherty County Jail.
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards

An autopsy will be conducted on a baby who died after investigators said his mother took an abortion pill.

Kenlissa Jones, 23, was charged with malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug.

Prosecutors said she purchased a drug called Cytotec from a source in Canada over the Internet, which caused her to deliver the baby boy, who died after about half an hour at a hospital.

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GBI pathologists checked samples from the baby Tuesday.

"Our job is now to find out the cause and the manner of death. What happened. The circumstances around her. We heard she took pills, or whatever. But we want to make sure everything is kosher, not just hearsay," said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.

Fowler said part of the need for the autopsy is to determine if the baby ever took a breath, which could help officially rule that a birth occurred.

Jones was placed in the Dougherty County Jail without bond. She has another son who is just under two years old.

Georgia Law on abortions:

No abortions are authorized after the first trimester unless it is performed in a licensed hospital, in a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or in a health facility licensed as an abortion facility by the Department of Community Health.

No abortion is authorized or shall be performed if the probable gestational age of the unborn child has been determined in accordance with Code Section 31-9B-2 to be 20 weeks or more unless the pregnancy is diagnosed as medically futile, as such term is defined in Code Section 31-9B-1, or in reasonable medical judgment the abortion is necessary to avert the death of the pregnant woman or avert serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman. O.C.G.A. § 16-12-141 (2014)

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