INDIANAPOLIS- A mother’s fight for justice has brought change to Indiana.
Her pregnant daughter was murdered; robbing her of not just a daughter but a grandchild.
Now, thanks to her efforts, someone who commits a similar crime will spend even more time in prison.
May 4th, 2017. The day 18-year-old Brittany McNew was shot and killed at an Indianapolis home.
Brittany was 11-weeks pregnant.
Jennifer Lee, Brittany’s mother said “This was my daughter’s life. This was our first grand-baby.”
Words can’t describe the pain that still courses through the soul of Brittany’s mother Jennifer Lee.
Lee explained “It rips the soul out of you. It’s an emptiness that you can’t explain. It’s a heartbreak that you can’t fix.”
Indianapolis Police later arrested 27-year-old Jonathan McGee, in connection with McNew’s death.
Jennifer Lee explained “He got attempted murder for the man he came to kill. He got murder for my daughter and aggravated battery for my grand baby.”
This week, Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law that allows someone to be charged with murder, manslaughter or feticide of a fetus in any development stage. The law excludes legal abortions. The new law said the person could be slapped with an extra 6 to 20 years behind bars. It’s a law Lee championed from the start.
Lee explained “My first reaction was to call my daughter and tell her we got justice for her baby. There’s no phone call, there’s no hug. There’s no nothing.”
Still, this is a victory for her, and her unborn grandchild she named Peanut.
“At the same token,” Lee explained “Peanut’s going to stand up for many babies voices that are not heard.”
The new law goes into effect July 1st.
Jennifer Lee says she and her family are having an event to honor their murdered daughter, and unborn grand child. The event is April 28,. 2018 from 6pm to 11pm at the Atrium.
The event is located at 3143 E. Thompson Road in Indianapolis. For more information, visit https://hopeforpeanut.org/evening-of-hope-2018