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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- A pregnant woman who allegedly ignored medical warnings to have a Caesarean section to save her twins was charged Thursday with murder after one of the babies was stillborn.

Prosecutors said Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, didn't want the scars that accompany the surgery.

An autopsy found the baby died two days before its January 13 delivery and that it would have survived if Rowland had had a C-section when her doctors urged her to, between Christmas and January 9. The other baby is alive, but authorities had no further information.

The doctors had warned that without a C-section, the twins would probably die, authorities said. A nurse told police Rowland said a Caesarean would "ruin her life" and she would rather "lose one of the babies than be cut like that."

"We are unable to find any reason other than the cosmetic motivations" for the mother's decision, said Kent Morgan, spokesman for the district attorney.

Court documents give no address for Rowland, and she isn't listed in area telephone books. An attorney was to be appointed for her Friday, Morgan said.

The charges carry five years to life in prison. Rowland was jailed on $250,000 bail.

According to the documents, Rowland went to LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City in December to seek advice after she hadn't felt her babies move. A nurse, Regina Davis, told police she instructed Rowland to go immediately to one of two other hospitals, but that Rowland said she would rather have both babies die before going to either place.

On January 2, a doctor at LDS Hospital examined Rowland and recommended an immediate C-section based on an ultrasound and the babies' slowing heart rates. Rowland left, the doctor told police.

The same day, Rowland allegedly saw a nurse at another hospital, saying she had left LDS Hospital because the doctor wanted to cut her "from breast bone to pubic bone."

A week later, Rowland allegedly went to a third hospital to verify whether her babies were alive. A nurse there told police she could not detect a heartbeat from one twin and advised Rowland to remain in the hospital, but Rowland allegedly ignored the advice.

In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that unborn children at all stages of development are covered under the state's criminal homicide statute. The law exempts the death of a fetus during an abortion.

The law has been used to prosecute women who kill or seriously harm their babies through drug use; it has never been used because a woman failed to follow her doctor's advice, said Marguerite Driessen, a law professor at Brigham Young University.

"It's very troubling to have somebody come in and say we're going to charge this mother for murder because we don't like the choices she made," Driessen said.


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... the woman is a nit. When I opened this thread I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt (maybe it was some sort of weird religious belief that she wanted to have a natural delivery)..... but seeing the woman's attitude, I say give her 20 years... idiot...

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Isn't that the most selfish thing you have ever heard of? Oh, who cares what happens to my babies, but I don't want a scar. I hope she gets life.

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C-section scars now-a-days are pretty small, not like olden days scars, it would have been hardly noticeable.

As I understand it, they cut you just above your pubic hair, don't they? So the scar would only be visible if your flashing your privates around.

Even if the scarring was really bad and really visible, can't you get laser surgery to remove big scars now?

That is so vain.


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Seems she was afraid she couldn't **** around as much as she used to.

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I can't believe this woman placed her own vanity as a priority over the safety of her babies. Lock her up and throw away the key!

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they should just cut her and give her a big ugly scar, and then let her go. I think that would punish her in the best way possible.

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C-section scars now-a-days are pretty small, not like olden days scars, it would have been hardly noticeable.

As I understand it, they cut you just above your pubic hair, don't they? So the scar would only be visible if your flashing your privates around.

Even if the scarring was really bad and really visible, can't you get laser surgery to remove big scars now?

That is so vain.


I have had 2 c-sections. The scar line is right above the "hair line" and it is about - o.k. went and measured mine it is 5 1/2". Not that big. They also have new techniques to reduce scars.


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She'll get a shiv in the gut while in jail, making a nice scar on her belly, isn't it ironic.

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I don't know about a jail sentence for the baby that died BUT, if she was willing to risk the lives of her babies for the vain sake of her not having a scar, then I do seriously question if she should be allowed to keep the other baby.

I think that murder involves some intent to kill, which there was not. She put her babies lives at risks for a very selfish reason. Now one of them is dead but, what about the one that lived? Should she be able to keep it? I would consider her an unfit parent. What if the kid needs food or medical care but, she "needs" to spend the money on new clothes for herself or some such thing?


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