Homicide charges filed in Wis. fetal abduction
Sunday, October 9, 2011
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Prosecutors have filed two homicide counts against a Milwaukee woman they accuse of abducting another woman and cutting a full-term fetus out of her womb, killing both of them.
Thirty-three-year-old Annette Morales-Rodriguez faces one count of first-degree homicide while armed and one count of first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child while armed. Both offenses are punishable by mandatory life sentences.
According to a criminal complaint, Morales-Rodriguez's boyfriend wanted a son but she couldn't get pregnant. Authorities say she told him she was pregnant anyway and began to panic as the supposed due date approached. The complaint says on Thursday she offered a ride to 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, beat her with a baseball bat and cut the fetus out of her uterus with an Exacto knife.