The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Summerville man and charged him with feticide. The arrest came Tuesday afternoon around 3 PM. Twenty three year old Shane Kendrell Evans of a Roberts Street address in Summerville was charged by investigators with battery and feticide. Feticide is the crime defined as an act causing the death of a fetus. In Georgia the penalty for a person found guilty of feticide is life imprisonment.
Georgia Code as of 2009:
§ 16-5-80. Feticide; voluntary manslaughter of an unborn child; penalties
(a) For the purposes of this Code section, the term "unborn child" means a member of the species homo sapiens at any stage of development who is carried in the womb.
(b) A person commits the offense of feticide if he or she willfully and without legal justification causes the death of an unborn child by any injury to the mother of such child, which would be murder if it resulted in the death of such mother, or if he or she, when in the commission of a felony, causes the death of an unborn child.
(c) A person convicted of the offense of feticide shall be punished by imprisonment for life.
(d) A person commits the offense of voluntary manslaughter of an unborn child when such person causes the death of an unborn child under circumstances which would otherwise be feticide and if such person acts solely as the result of a sudden, violent, and irresistible passion resulting from serious provocation sufficient to excite such passion in a reasonable person; provided, however, that, if there should have been an interval between the provocation and the killing sufficient for the voice of reason and humanity to be heard, of which the jury in all cases shall be the judge, the killing shall be attributed to deliberate revenge and be punished as feticide.
(e) A person convicted of the offense of voluntary manslaughter of an unborn child shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years.
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