Pregnant woman accused of murder seeks release from jail at request of unborn child
I posted the article below but wanted to speak on this from a self defense perspective to point out that there is really people out there like this.
Natalia Harrell allegedly shot and killed Gladys Yvette Borcela after the women went out partying together.
Yvette, a mother of three, was having a good time on the dance floor. An incensed Natalia told others in the group "Y'all need to get your girl." After going to the club they continued to argue in the Uber.
As they argued, Natalia threatened "You don't want what's in this purse!" Indicating she has a gun. This video clearly shows what happened. She shot her in the stomach and the entire group left her to die. Video here
This article is just a warning to watch who you are hanging with. If there is some type of altercation do your best to separate yourself from the situation. It is not about winning the argument.
I have been training in martial arts an self defense for decades. Hand to hand I can handle myself in most situations. Nevertheless, if I am in an altercation I will do my best to distance myself from the situation. I always assume that someone has a weapon of some kind. I am prepared to subdue the person but the priority is to diffuse the situation.
This is sad and senseless. After shooting her she went into hiding. Come to find out she was hiding out with one of her sugar daddies.
If she is release the woman is a definite flight risk. She knows that she will be going to jail for a long time.
I do believe that the unborn child deserves the best care possible, but that does not mean she need to be released.
Now in prison awaiting trial, she claims her unborn baby is being unlawfully detained.
In an emergency petition in a Florida court, Ms Harrell's lawyer argued that jail staff have endangered the child through "a lack of reasonable and necessary prenatal care".
The argument draws on the concept that a foetus is a person with rights.
The idea that an unborn child is a person with constitutional protections has gained traction since the US Supreme Court overturned the nationwide right to an abortion, known as Roe v Wade, last summer.
Ms Harrell's "unborn child is a person as defined under the Florida Constitution and United States Constitution", attorney William Norris wrote in a legal submission.
The filing was made on behalf of the unborn child and calls for Harrell to be discharged from jail until the child is born so she can receive proper care.
"An unborn child has rights independent of its mother, even though it's still in the womb," Mr Norris told The Washington Post. "The unborn child has been deprived of due process of law in this incarceration."
Ms Harrell has been jailed without bond in Miami-Dade County since last July, after she shot Gladys Yvette Borcela, whom she was travelling with in an Uber.
The 24-year-old has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
According to Mr Norris' petition, Ms Harrell acted in self-defence, "in fear of her life and the life of her unborn child".
He alleges that, in jail, his client has not received the prenatal vitamins, food and liquid she needs or been taken to her scheduled doctors appointments, and was at one point left in a transport van without air conditioning while temperatures soared over 100F (38C).
Ms Harrell's last medical examination was in October, Mr Norris added, making it unclear how far along the pregnancy is or when the baby is due to be delivered.
In a statement, the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department said it was "conducting a full review of the health services offered and received to ensure that all pre-natal care being provided in our custody is appropriate".
On Monday, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody's office called for the petition to be dismissed, noting it did not include adequate evidence to support Ms Harrell's claims of neglect.
But Michael O'Brien, the father, told NBC Miami he was concerned for the child's wellbeing.
"I don't want the baby to be born prematurely or low birth weight," he said. "The conditions are terrible and I feel she's not getting the pre-natal care she should be getting."