Woman stole baby from womb


July 31, 2009
Woman stole baby from womb <!–10 min–>

CONCORD (New Hampshire) – FAMILY and friends who watched Julie Corey show off a newborn baby girl noticed the signs something wasn’t quite right with the baby she said she’d given birth to a day earlier: her seeming to pretend to breast-feed a newborn under a blanket when a bottle of formula was nearby and an umbilical cord tied with a ribbon instead of a clamp.

Then they heard Corey’s former neighbour had been found dead with a baby cut from her womb.

Corey, 35, of Worcester, Massachusetts, was ordered held on US$2 million (S$2.88 million) bail in New Hampshire on Thursday, one day after being found with a 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) baby girl at a homeless shelter.

Appearing in Concord District Court via video from jail, Corey said little during the hearing and did not waive extradition to be brought back to Massachusetts to face kidnapping charges.

Judge Gerard Boyle ordered all police affidavits in the case sealed and scheduled a hearing for Aug 30.

Corey is accused of kidnapping an infant carried by Darlene Haynes, a 23-year-old mother of three who had been eight months’ pregnant and was found dead on Monday in her Worcester apartment.

Authorities say she had head trauma, but an exact cause of death has not been determined. The missing fetus was discovered during an autopsy.

Neighbours say Corey and her boyfriend, Alex Dion, used to live in the apartment building where Haynes’ body was found. — AP



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