INDIANAPOLIS - A woman charged with murdering her unborn child by eating rat poison told RTV6 in an exclusive interview Thursday that she is keeping busy working to avoid thinking about her impending murder trial.
Bei Bei Shuai, 36, a Chinese immigrant, is charged with murder and attempted feticide after she said she ingested rat poison in an attempt to commit suicide while pregnant in early 2011.
Shuai survived, but the infant, who was born several weeks early, died four days later.
Shuai was arrested in March 2011, and was freed on bond in May 2012 after an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling in her favor.
"My life has been difficult. I was scared," Shuai told RTV6 reporter Derrik Thomas in an exclusive interview Thursday. "It has been really, really difficult."
Judge Shiela Carlisle has excluded the conclusions of the pathologist who did the original autopsy in the case, and prosecutors have now hired another pathologist, Stephen Cohle, from Michigan, to review the case, but his findings are not complete.
Shuai's attorney, Linda Pence, said she and supporters from around the country who have rallied around the case are disappointed that prosecutors are still pursuing murder charges against her client.
"As of now, they have not provided any testimony from an expert that can testify that the rat poison caused the death of the fetus, which is alarming to me," Pence said. "When you charge someone with murder, the most heinous crime on the books, you would have competent good evidence before you made those charges."
While Shuai was advised by her attorney not to discuss specifics of the case in her interview with RTV6, she told Thomas that she still loves the United States, and that she is happy to be out on bond.
"I work all the time. I work. It helps," she said. "I don't have time to think about it. I work seven days a week."
Jury selection in the case is scheduled for Aug. 26. The trial could last a month.
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