If the pregnant woman is missing for 30 days, has no history of running away, and there is circumstantial evidence, foul play should be considered. If the last known person to be in contact with her refuses to speak to law enforcement or take a polygraph, that person should be considered a person of interest. Pregnant women should be considered at risk if missing, especially since they require medical attention. If foul play is the reason for the disappearance, we must consider the facts. ‘A study published in the March 2005 edition of the American Journal of Public Health found that homicide was a leading cause of death among pregnant women in the United States between 1991 and 1999. Data taken from the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the pregnancy-associated homicide ratio was 1.7 per 100,000 live births. A 2001 study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association said 20 percent of Maryland women who died during pregnancy were murdered. Researchers found the same trend in New York from 1987-1991 and in the Chicago area from 1986-1989. According to the CDC, approximately 324,000 pregnant women are hurt by an intimate partner or former partner each year.’ (Robinson, Bryan, February 24, 2005, Why Pregnant Women Are Targeted). A missing, pregnant person, as well as her family, deserves to have rights.
- City of Pueblo, Colorado Judicial System
Reconsider how you handle a pregnant, missing person case
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