Bill named for Laura Wallen and her son to be introduced in General Assembly

Posted at 1:33 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2019-02-21 11:53:48-05

A bill is being introduced in the Maryland General Assembly in memory of a slain Howard County teacher and her unborn child.

The bill, called Laura & Reid's Law, is named for Laura Wallen and her unborn son, Reid. It would change the prosecution of manslaughter to include the murder of an unborn child at any stage of development.

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Senator Justin Ready and Delegate Trent Kittleman will unveil the legislation at a news conference on January 30 in Annapolis. Laura's parents, Mark and Gwen Wallen, will join them.

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According to the lawmakers, the bill would not infringe on a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

Laura Wallen was four months pregnant with Reid when she was murdered in September 2017. Her boyfriend, Tyler Tessier, has been charged with her murder.