US: Texas woman faces trial for killing pregnant friend to steal baby

This was a ruse, staged to make Parker's boyfriend think she was carrying his child, as she feared losing the man



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By AFP

Published: Thu 15 Sep 2022, 1:28 PM

A woman went on trial this week in Texas, for allegedly killing a pregnant acquaintance, and cutting the foetus out of her to present as her own child.

Taylor Parker, 29, could face the death penalty for the October 2020 attack in New Boston, Texas, against 21-year-old Reagan Simmons-Hancock. The baby did not survive.

Parker has pleaded not guilty to charges of capital murder.

Prosecutors say Parker disguised herself for months to look pregnant to her boyfriend, and posted on social media about her bogus physical state while searching for a potential victim.

Parker could not have kids of her own, having undergone a hysterectomy.

Prosecutors say Parker staged the ruse to make her boyfriend think she was carrying his child, as she feared losing the man.

The prosecution says that on October 9, 2020, Parker went to the home of Simmons-Hancock, a friend of hers who was in the late stage of her pregnancy, and stabbed her more than a hundred times.

Parker allegedly carved the foetus out of her, left the woman's three-year-old child sleeping in another room, and fled the crime scene.

She was driving with the baby in her lap when police stopped her not long after. She claimed she had just given birth.

The baby was rushed to a hospital but died.

On Tuesday, the court heard that weeks before the killing, Parker started to scope out pregnant women in baby clothing stores or maternity wards, KTAL television reported. Shortly before the attack, she watched videos of women giving birth and undergoing C-sections, the prosecution alleged.

The trial is expected to last at least a month.

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