BUTLER, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania judge is deliberating over a challenge to a criminal charge brought against a woman who authorities said overdosed while pregnant.READ MORE: Vendors And Organizers Celebrate Juneteenth, Black Culture In Pittsburgh
Thirty-year-old Kasey Dischman was charged with aggravated assault on an unborn child. Authorities said her child was delivered by emergency C-section following the June 23 overdose and sustained lasting injuries.
Public defender Joseph Smith argued Tuesday in Butler County that state law bars prosecutors from charging a pregnant woman with aggravated assault of her own unborn child.READ MORE: Port Authority Dropping Capacity Limits On All Vehicles Tomorrow
Assistant District Attorney Laura Pitchford suggested that lawmakers in 1997 couldn’t have anticipated the heroin epidemic or its effects, and authorities need to be able to bring such charges to protect infants.
Prosecutors have also added charges of child endangerment, corruption of minors and possession of drug paraphernalia.MORE NEWS: City Of Monessen Celebrates Juneteenth For The First Time With Ceremony At City Hall
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