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Unborn baby’s death counted as homicide under new state law

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Birmingham’s 102nd homicide this year is an unborn baby.

The baby’s mother, 29-year-old Tomeka Megginson, was wounded Wednesday after being sprayed by bullets while riding in a car on the city’s eastside.

Police said Friday the case of her fetus, Baby John Doe, is being ruled a homicide under a new state law that makes it a crime to assault or murder an unborn child.

The law is called the Brody Act in memory of Brody Parker, the unborn child of Brandy Parker of Albertville, who was eight months pregnant when she was shot and killed in July 2005.

The law allows for the prosecution of anyone who assaults or murders an embryo or fetus. More than 30 states have similar laws.

Megginson was shot in the stomach, arms and legs when the car she was in was peppered with bullets.

Megginson was seven months pregnant and lost the child as the result of the shooting, police said. She was in serious condition at UAB hospital.

Tiffany Combs, a 25-year-old mother of five ranging in age from 6 months to 8 years, died in the shooting.

Combs’ infant daughter, 6-month-old Ashanta, was shot in the leg.

There have been no arrests in the shooting that was possibly the result of an argument one of the women had with a man the night before, police said.

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