The Mississippi Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court's dismissal of an indictment against a woman who suffered a stillbirth and was arrested in 2010 because of alleged drug use during her pregnancy.
Nina Buckhalter was charged with negligent culpable manslaughter, but a local judge threw out the case in 2012. Prosecutors appealed.
In a ruling Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court said the indictment, which alleged Buckhalter willfully caused the death of the fetus, was "fatally flawed."
Buckhalter was in her 31st week of pregnancy at the time of the stillbirth, according to documents.
Assistant District Attorney Doug Miller had argued the trial court erred in finding a woman cannot be charged with a crime when her acts lead to the death of a fetus.
The justices didn't address that claim.