Court Finds Mom’s Drug Use During Pregnancy Not An Abuse Crime

The Michigan appeals court says the state’s child abuse law doesn’t apply to unborn babies. The court threw out the conviction of a woman who used methamphetamine during her pregnancy. Melissa Jones’ son weighed less than 4 pounds despite being delivered at full term in Sturgis in St. Joseph County. In a 3-0 decision released Friday, the court says Michigan law refers to acts that harm a “child” but not a fetus. The court says Jones’ prenatal drug use is not a crime under that law. The 30-year-old Jones was sentenced to at least three years in prison in 2015.