Columbus woman challenges murder charge

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is being asked to determine if a teenager can be charged with murder for the death of her child.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday.

Prosecutors contend Rennie Gibbs, of Columbus, can be tried as adult under Mississippi’s depraved heart murder law. Prosecutors allege she overdosed on cocaine causing her child to be stillborn.

According to court records, Gibbs became pregnant when she was 15 and the baby’s death occurred in December 2006 when Gibbs was 16.

Various groups, including the National Association of Social Workers, contend Gibbs should not be tried as an adult and should not be charged in the child’s death when there was no medical help available for her pregnancy and addiction.

The Associated Press