ATLANTA — Police have made an arrest in the death of a pregnant 14-year-old who was hit by a bullet from an upstairs apartment.
Sonja Star Harrison, who was eight months pregnant, was sitting on her bed eating ice cream when a bullet came through the ceiling and hit her. She and her baby died.
The shooting happened at the Pavilion Place Apartments in southwest Atlanta Monday night.
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Thursday, police announced that they arrested 20-year-old Souleymane Diallo and charged him in the deaths of Harrison and her unborn child.
"Not only do you hurt that person, you hurt everybody and the family," Harrison's mother, Sonja Harrison, told Channel 2's Nicole Carr.
Diallo is facing several charges, including murder in the second-degree and feticide, the destruction of a fetus.
“Feticide is a big deal because if he’s convicted of it or if anybody’s convicted of it, it’s punishable by up to life in prison," said WSB legal expert Ester Panitch.
Second-degree murder is a new option for prosecutors in Georgia, which Panitch said indicates the killing of Harrison may have been accidental.
“You don’t have to intend to kill anybody to be guilty of second degree murder in Georgia.”
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