A 26-year-old pregnant woman arrived at a home in Longmont, Colorado, hoping to purchase clothes for the baby she was expecting to arrive in a couple of months. Unfortunately the visit took a horrific turn — the 34-year-old woman who was waiting for her removed the fetus from her abdomen with a knife and took off, leaving the wounded woman there to bleed to death.
The story has both a happy ending and a tragic one — the woman was rescued, underwent surgery and is expected to recover. Also, the suspect was apprehended when she showed up at the same hospital, which is also good news. She was arrested on several charges: attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death. The bad news is that the baby didn't make it — the suspect went to the hospital, deceased fetus in hand, claiming to have suffered from a miscarriage.
This crime is such a horror show. It's similar to the case of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was brutally murdered in 2004 for the same reason — a woman wanted her infant. Again, online communication was key, as both women in that case were interested in a certain type of dog and talked on a regular basis online. The murderer in that case went to the victim's home on the pretense of buying a puppy, and left with the woman's child instead. Stinnett's baby lived and was eventually recovered when the suspect was arrested. The little girl was reunited with her father and the rest of her family.
I know you can find some amazing deals on Craigslist, and it can seem silly to buy brand-new baby clothes when little ones outgrow them so quickly. So, by all means, shop Craigslist. However, don't go to other people's homes alone, and don't invite them into your home if you're alone. Arrange to meet them in a public place, especially for small items like clothes, or bring friends or family members with you. Nearly all Craigslist transactions are murder-free, but unfortunately crime can and does happen when you're dealing directly with strangers that you meet inside private places.
It's wonderful this woman was rescued and is expected to survive. No word on her future fertility, though, and she has to be crushed about losing her baby. I'm sorry this happened to her and her family.
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