Anchorage District Attorney Brittany Dunlop announced on Dec. 6 that an Anchorage Grand Jury indicted Iohani Wilhem Dean, 21, on three counts of murder of an unborn child, manslaughter of an unborn child and three counts of assault for the domestic violence assault of Chloe Fuimaono, 21, which led to the death of her unborn child.

The child was more than 36 weeks old at the time of death, and Dean will be arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court on Dec. 8. If convicted at trial, he faces up to 99 years of imprisonment, a fine of $500,000, or both.

The case highlights a contradictory provision in Alaska law when it comes to protection of unborn human life.

According to statute, a person commits a felony crime of “murder of an unborn child” if they intentionally cause the death of an unborn child. However, statute notes that the law does “not apply to acts that cause the death of an unborn child if those acts were committed during a legal abortion to which the pregnant woman consented.”

The Alaska Life at Conception Act, a comprehensive bill that guarantees equal protection from the moment of conception without exception to the child’s age, level of development, sex, nature of conception, or any other distinguishing characteristic, has been repeatedly filed in the Alaska Legislature to definitively protect all unborn life. Since 2017, this bill has been introduced in the State Legislature, but has yet to gain any serious traction.

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Alaska man indicted for murder of 36-week-old unborn baby  

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.