Wisconsin woman convicted in fetal-abduction case
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A woman who confessed to trying to steal a baby by attacking a pregnant woman and slicing out her full-term foetus was convicted on Thursday of killing them both.
Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before finding Annette Morales-Rodriguez guilty of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the Oct 2011, deaths of the mother and foetus. Morales-Rodriguez, 34, faces a mandatory life sentence when she's sentenced Dec 14, though a judge could allow for the possibility of parole.
Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.
A key piece of evidence during the trial was a videotaped police interview in which Morales-Rodriguez described her attack on 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz. She admitted luring Ramirez-Cruz to her home, bludgeoning and choking her into unconsciousness and using a small blade to carve out the fetus. She told investigators she was desperate to have a son, that she had faked a pregnancy and that she devised a plan to steal an unborn baby as her supposed due date approached.