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Parents of slain pregnant Howard County teacher seek bill on fetal homicide

Parents of slain pregnant Howard County teacher seek bill on fetal homicide

When she was killed, Laura Wallen didn’t know that the baby she was carrying was a boy. But she had chosen a boy’s name, Reid.

If Mark and Gwen Wallen can sway the Maryland General Assembly, their daughter’s name will be united with that of their never-born grandson in a law allowing prosecutors to bring a murder charge against the killer of an unborn child no matter the stage of fetal development.

The couple is planning a news conference in Annapolis Tuesday to unveil Laura and Reid’s Law, to be introduced in the legislature this week. It’s their way of honoring their daughter, who was a 31-year-old social studies teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Howard...

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