Rowland Due in Court Today on Another Charge

Rowland Due in Court Today on Another Charge

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The woman charged with murder for not getting a Caesarean section that could have saved her unborn twin's life will be in court today on a different charge.

Melissa Ann Rowland will face a judge today on a child-endangerment charge relating to the twin that survived. Prosecutors say the baby girl had cocaine and alcohol in her system when she was born January 13. The girl has since been adopted.

The 28-year-old pleaded innocent in court yesterday to murder in the death of her baby that was stillborn. Prosecutors say Rowland refused medical advise to undergo a C-section, alleging Rowland did not want a scar from the surgery.

Rowland denies refusing a C-section and says she was told by doctors during hospital visits that her babies were fine.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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