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Oklahoma woman found guilty of manslaughter after suffering a miscarriage

A 21-year-old woman in the United States was been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter after suffering a miscarriage last year.

Oklahoma woman Brittney Poolaw was sentenced to four years in prison for her 2020 miscarriage.

An autopsy on the unborn child showed it had passed away at 17 weeks gestation.




Last year, according to police, the then-19 year-old Poolaw miscarried at home in early 2020 and was brought to the Comanche County Memorial Hospital with the umbilical cord still attached.

Poolaw told medical staff she had used both methamphetamines and marijuana while she’d been pregnant.

She told police she smoked marijuana and used meth intravenously as late as two days before her miscarriage.



Prosecutors blamed the miscarriage on Poolaw’s drug abuse, however critics have argued that her conviction is not in line with the law.

Under the law, a mother cannot be prosecuted for causing the death of their unborn child “unless the mother committed a crime” that caused its death.

Despite this, a jury found her guilty of manslaughter.

The medical examiner’s report listed the unborn child’s cause of death as intrauterine fetal demise due to maternal meth use.

A toxicology report on the fetus showed the brain and liver had tested positive for meth and amphetamine.