After pregnant woman and child die, Alabama police upgrade charges against hubsand to murder

after pregnant wife and child die alabama police upgrade charges against husband to murder
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Oct. 20 2021, Published 11:47 a.m. ET

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A pregnant woman and her child died after her husband allegedly shot her and now police say he has been charged with their murders.

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On Oct. 18, police said they arrived at a home in Prattville, Alabama, shortly after midnight after getting reports that someone had been shot.

Once at the scene, officials said they found 25-year-old Hunter James Tatum and an unconscious pregnant woman, who would later be identified as Tatum’s wife.

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The woman was in life-threatening condition and was rushed to Baptist Medical Center South, according to authorities.

At the hospital, doctors delivered her baby and the child was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital, police said.

Tatum was initially arrested by police and charged with first-degree assault, WSFA reported. He was booked into the Autauga Metro Jail and held on a $150,000 bond.

However, police said both the mother and the child died, which led police to upgrade the charges to two counts of first-degree murder. His bond was also increased to $400,000, authorities said.

As of now, a motive for the murders was not known, but the investigation is ongoing, police said.

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