Woman charged with trying to kill her fetus with rat poison gets plea deal
A 36-year-old woman accused of trying to kill herself and her fetus will not go to trial after reaching a plea agreement on Friday, WISH-TV reported.
Bei Bei Shuai agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal recklessness while prosecutors dropped murder and feticide charges against her stemming from a December 2010 suicide attempt in which she ingested rat poison while pregnant. The fetus died in January 2011, three days after being delivered.
“There’s [been] a lot of regret, a lot of happiness, a lot of miserable moments,” Shuai told WISH after her plea hearing.
As part of her plea agreement, Shuai’s 89 days in jail were counted toward a 178-day jail sentence, with the other half of the sentence covered under time served. Shaui’s trial was scheduled to begin on Sept. 3.
“From the beginning, I have been convinced that this case was not a criminal case,” Shuai’s attorney, Linda Pence, told the Indianapolis Star on Friday. “It should never have been filed.”
Watch WISH’s report on Shuai’s plea deal, aired Friday, below.