A Georgia woman faces a murder charge after the death of her five-and-a-half-month-old fetus she delivered in an abortion attempt.

Kenlissa Jones, 23, took an abortion pill that she purchased on the internet, and delivered her five-and-a-half-month-old fetus while inside a car.

“At that point we didn’t even know she was pregnant,” said her brother Rico Riggins. “And so my first real reaction was like, why she keeping it away from us.”

“Once she took those pills, from the way I’m understanding it, she was in a world of hurt for a while,” Riggins said.

Jones was driven to the hospital by a neighbor, and delivered the baby on the way. The baby survived for 30 minutes after delivery.

“We lost what would have been a nephew for me. And everything. And then my sister,” said Riggins.

“We’re coping the best we can. We’re hoping we get a lot of prayers,” said Riggins. “I don’t want anyone to be mad or upset with my family. At the end of the day they are doing the best we can.”

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

Riggins and his wife have been granted guardianship of the boy while his mother’s legal standings are decided.

Georgia law states that 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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  • Ev

    Wow! For one, she doesn’t look 23.

    She already has a young child, obviously a single mother, clearly was unable to take care of another child. She made the best decision that was best for her in her circumstances. Too bad that decision may now be coming with a prison sentence.

  • Jaya

    I feel bad for her but this is why women need to think and think again about who they’re allowing to enter their bodies. Will he be by your side if you get pregnant? Is he the type of man who will help with the finance and logistics for the abortion if the child is not wanted by either parent?

    Anytime a woman has sex with a man, there is a probability she could get pregnant, no matter what contraception she uses and if she keeps having sex, sooner or later, there is a high risk of pregnancy. This pregnancy seemed to have caught her by surprise, so she did nothing for a long time about it.

    Where is the father?

    • BillipPhailey

      We don’t know that the conception was consensual.

    • Jaya


    • linnet

      This is why we need unrestricted reproductive freedom in this country.

  • binks

    I just saw an update on this case on the news. The murder charge has been dropped but she is still looking at misdemeanor charges for buying the pills though.

    • Me

      they’re gonna get her one way or another. stuff like this encourages black girls/women to even stay away from the hospital b/c everything you do will be held against you no matter where you go. if she had never told them that she took those pills, they would’ve just ruled this a miscarriage b/c they can’t prove that the drugs directly killed the baby instead of some other biological issue since it was born alive, but now they’ll lock her up on illegal drugs. prison industrial complex leaves no stone unturned when you’re black.

    • binks

      True, the cycle continues once again. But like you originally said, what is jail going to solve here? Not a darn thing.