The father two unborn babies, killed after their pregnant mother was shot, has now been charged in that shooting.
Kinston police say Simeon Meadows is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.
The victim, Whitney Jones, was five months pregnant when she was shot in the stomach late Friday night or Saturday morning at Simon Bright Apartments. In North Carolina murder charges cannot be brought when the victim is an unborn child.
Meadows is in jail on a $50,000 bond.
Kinston police say a pregnant woman who was shot over the weekend has lost her unborn boys.
Police say Whitney Jones was shot in the stomach late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The woman was almost 5 months pregnant with twins.
Major Greg Thompson says the 18-year-old was shot in the stomach during a domestic dispute. Thompson says they hope to have an arrest by the end of the day.
Whitney was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
Kinston Police have released few details, but we do know an 18 year-old pregnant woman was shot and airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Saturday.
We haven't been able to confirm from police why the teen was shot but neighbors believe they know exactly what happened.
Friends of 18 year-old Whitney Jones would not talk on camera, but they did say she only lived in the Simon Bright section of Kinston for 3 days.
Her roommate said she was pregnant with twins.
Neighbors say Jones got into a fight with someone she knew.
Patricia Wahinya, who lives a few apartments down told WITN, "(She) was assaulted in her apartment and a gunshot went off and she got shot in her side and two babies died in the womb."
Tanita Simpler, another resident says, "people need to watch out for what they do because she was pregnant she was carrying twins and that's sad."
People who live in this area like Simpler says she's had enough with the gun violence in her neighborhood. She says its time for a change.
"Drama is not the way to live. Try to live a better life and do better for yourself and lookout for the kids because we do have kids running around the area and people don't have respect for the kids,"
Others say there have been several shootings in recent months and now there done.
Wahinya says, " oh I'm definitely leaving because I can't. I mean all of a sudden its like one, two, three no way to close to home."
Kinston Police say additional information may be available tomorrow when the lead investigator on this case comes back in.
We understand from the roommate that Jones is going to be okay physically.
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