Second unborn twin dies days after pregnant woman is shot in Anderson


Alexis Wasson (Photo provided by the Wasson family)

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ANDERSON, Ind. – The second unborn twin of the pregnant woman recently shot in Anderson has passed away.

Police Chief Tony Watters confirmed the unborn child’s death Wednesday and said the mother, Alexis Wasson, remains on life support. The other twin passed away on Tuesday.

Police say Wasson was 21 weeks along when she was shot by Skye’lar White in the back of the head last Friday morning. The shooting happened around 3 a.m. in the 4200 block of Mellen Drive.

White remains in jail on an attempted murder charge, but Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings says he plans to charge him with murder, two counts of feticide, and an enhancement that may result in an extra 6 to 20 years for  “killing a fetus while committing another crime.” Feticide is a level 3 felony with a maximum penalty of 16 years for each offense.

“Fortunately it doesn’t happen that often, but it’s incredibly tragic when it does,” said Cummings. “Killing babies before they’re born, I don’t even know what to say about that.”

Cummings has said the mother’s injuries are not survivable.

“I don’t have any words for them. What do you say to people that have lost their child and two babies? I don’t know what you can say,” said Cummings. “What I usually say to our victims is we’re going to do our very best for you.”

The Herald Bulletin reports White never attempted to call 911. Documents obtained by the newspaper explain how White’s mother told police he was in frantic state, saying “it was an accident.” The paper also reported White told a witness that Wasson was not hurt, she was just grazed.

Police say it hasn’t been confirmed if White is the father of the twins.

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