Texas woman on trial for killing pregnant woman to steal her fetus

Texan woman on trial for killing pregnant woman to steal her fetus


A 29-year-old woman has been on trial since Monday for killing a pregnant woman to extract and steal the fetus that was in her womb in October 2020, in northeast Texas. 

Taylor Parker, who faces the death penalty, had tricked her boyfriend and family into believing she was expecting a child for months, discussing her – fictitious – pregnancy on social media and going so far as to buy herself a silicone fake belly.

In reality, she could not have any more children, having had her uterus removed.

On October 9, 2020, Taylor Parker went to Reagan Simmons-Hancock, a 21-year-old woman who was in the final months of her pregnancy, had stabbed her more than 100 times.

After cutting open her stomach to take her fetus, she left, leaving the victim's 3-year-old daughter asleep in another room.

Taylor Parker was arrested shortly after, at about fifteen miles from the scene of the murder, driving his car, the newborn baby on his lap. She had assured that she had just given birth.

The baby, hospitalized, had not survived.

The trial, opened in the small town of New Boston, at the east of Dallas, is expected to last at least a month.

On Tuesday, an investigator told the stand that weeks before the murder, Taylor Parker began scouting for pregnant women at specialty stores or maternity wards, according to local TV channel KTAL.

She had made appointments at some of the clinics herself, and had been seen there, he said.

< p>Shortly before the events, she would have watched numerous videos of deliveries and caesarean sections.

The investigator said he was convinced that she was posing as a midwife in order to be able to meet pregnant women, according to KTAL.