BRADENTON — An appeals court has overturned the convictions of two women found guilty of acting as midwives during a fatal home birth.
Linda McGlade and her daughter-in-law, Tanya McGlade, both from Bradenton, were sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in June 2006 in the first known prosecution of the crime in Florida.
The McGlades aided a relative during a 2004 birth. Mara McGlade, 25, bled to death internally two days after delivering a healthy baby boy named Gabriel at home. She was the wife of a son of Linda McGlade and her husband. Tanya McGlade was married to another son.
The two women represented themselves at trial and later appealed a decision that sent them to a Panhandle prison. They have been on supervised release for more than a year.
"We have let it go and tried to move on, live a normal life," Linda McGlade told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "But to hear the news, we are just so thankful."
In a decision released on Friday, the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland determined that Circuit Judge Edward Nicholas improperly instructed the jurors on the charge.
Prosecutors are reviewing the appeals court decision and will make a decision on what to do next, said Chief Assistant State Attorney Ed Brodsky.