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Coroner: Unborn baby shot, could have survived: homicide

Coroner: Unborn baby shot, could have survived: homicide

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Orleans Parish coroner says bullets that killed a pregnant woman also hit and killed her unborn baby boy, and the fetus's death should be considered homicide.

Dr. Jeffrey Rouse made the statement in an email Monday about the deaths Dec. 16 of 23-year-old Breon Stewart and 25-year-old Lionel Delpit III.

He wrote that the boy was near term and could have survived outside the womb. Earlier news reports said the baby was due in less than two weeks.

Police spokesmen Frank Robertson and Tyler Gamble told The New Orleans Advocate and The Times-Picayune that anyone arrested will face a feticide charge as well as two homicide charges.

Robertson said police don't have any suspects.

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