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Woman Found Guilty In Cut-From-Womb Killing
A Massachusetts woman has been found guilty of killing her pregnant friend, cutting her baby from her womb and passing the child off as her own.
Julie Corey, 39, was convicted by a Worcester Superior Court jury in the 2009 murder of 23-year-old Darlene Haynes.
Prosecutors said Ms Haynes was eight months pregnant when Corey beat and strangled her.
They told the jury that Corey had been pregnant, too, but had a miscarriage three months earlier. She told her boyfriend and family that Ms Haynes' baby was hers.
Ms Haynes' body was found in a closet in her apartment on July 27, 2009.
She had been beaten around the head and strangled with an electrical cord. Her abdomen had been cut open, and her baby was gone.
Corey, her boyfriend, Alex Dion, and the baby girl were found two days later at a homeless shelter in New Hampshire.
Corey's lawyers acknowledged that she was found with the baby but said she played no role in her friend's slaying.
Dion testified that Corey, whom he believed was pregnant at the time, called him on July 23, 2009, and told him she was giving Ms Haynes a ride to a store.
Later that night, Corey called him to say her water had broken and a friend was taking her to the hospital to give birth, Dion said.
A couple of hours later, Corey called him again and said, "We had a baby", he testified.
Dion said Corey arrived home the next morning with a baby girl he believed was his daughter. He said he and Corey introduced the baby to family and friends over the next couple of days.
The girl, now four, lives with her biological father.
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