Judges tosses charge against pregnant woman who overdosed

The Associated Press

BUTLER, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed the most serious criminal charge against a woman who authorities say overdosed while pregnant.

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The Butler County judge ruled Thursday that state law bars prosecutors from charging a pregnant woman with aggravated assault of her own unborn child.

Kasey Dischman still faces three other charges, including endangering the welfare of a child.

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Authorities say her child was delivered by emergency C-section following the June 23 overdose and sustained lasting injuries.

Dischman remains jailed on $500,000 bail.

Her attorney says dismissing the charge sends a message that pregnant women will not be punished for seeking medical attention.