Bales Victim Said to Be Unborn Child

    FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, Anar Gul gestures to the body of her grandchild, who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday, March 23, 2012 with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan, File)

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    An Afghan police official said Monday that the U.S. military has charged Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with killing an unborn baby in the March 11 slayings of Afghan villagers. The fatality count had been reported as either 16 or 17, but the official said that the higher count put forward by the American military is correct, because one of the victims was pregnant. Some Afghan officials still contest the military’s count, and the military has not yet commented on the police official’s statement.

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