The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

Death penalty in US baby kidnapping, mum killing


HOUSTON (AP) - Texas prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a woman accused of killing a mother and abducting her newborn son earlier this year outside a clinic, authorities said on Thursday.

Investigators believe Verna McClain, 31, was desperate for a baby to pass off as her own after suffering a miscarriage.

She is facing a charge of capital murder for allegedly shooting Kala Golden-Schuchardt outside a pediatric clinic in suburban Houston and taking her days-old son. The baby was found safe with a relative of McClain.

E. Tay Bond, one of McClain's attorneys, said he was disappointed by the decision from prosecutors and that the death penalty should not be considered in this case because his client has no prior criminal history and would not pose a future danger.