Pregnant woman loses unborn child in hit-and-run crash 30 minutes after baby shower

A pregnant woman was seriously injured and her unborn child died in a hit-and-run crash last Saturday about 30 minutes after her baby shower, police said.

Mashayla Harper, 24, was 36 weeks pregnant.

"The doctor came in and explained Mashayla had severe trauma to her and the baby didn't make it through the accident," Mashayla's father, Maurice Pruitt, told WDAM. "(Mashayla) was just pointing at her stomach and she kept pointing at her stomach. She couldn't talk because she had tubes in her. She was aware, but when she woke up she wanted to know where her baby was."

The child died before Harper got to the hospital, WDAM reported. Harper was moved out of intensive care and her condition has stabilized.

James Gilbert, 33, was arrested and initially charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, WDAM reported.

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