More than four years after a woman was arrested for the murder of her pregnant friend and the kidnapping of her fetus, the trial finally began on Monday. In 2009, Julie Corey, 39, was accused of murdering Darlene Haynes and cutting her baby out of her womb and passing the child off as her own.

The child survived and is now living with her biological father, and Corey has been in jail this whole time.

Prosecutors say that there is evidence to show that “Corey faked her own pregnancy and then cut out Haynes' unborn baby, after beating and strangling Haynes to death in the apartment that they shared.”

Haynes was 23 years old and eight months pregnant.

Corey has pleaded not guilty, and according to reports, her defense attorney blames a botched police investigation and lost evidence for the arrest. He also believes that failure to find a murder weapon will lead to the eventual acquittal of his client.

The prosecution believes that the older woman murdered her roommate, stole her fetus, and tried to pass it off as her own to her boyfriend, whom she persuaded to move to New Hampshire. She was arrested there only days after Haynes’ body was found by her landlord.

Good grief what a tragic story. At least that little girl is ok, and at least has her dad, even if she will never know her mother.

What's the craziest thing you've ever heard of someone doing to get a baby?

 

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