A New York woman has been charged with attacking her childhood friend and cutting her unborn baby out of her womb, ABC 7 reports.
The victim, identified as 22-year-old Angelikque Sutton (pictured right), was beyond excited to give birth to her first child, a baby girl. She was nine months pregnant and just days away from having the baby when reports say she was viciously attacked by someone she thought was her friend.
On Friday, police say 22-year-old Ashleigh Wade (pictured left) paid a visit to Sutton in her Bronx apartment. Inside, reports say Wade allegedly stabbed Sutton to death and then “carved her baby out of her stomach,” ABC 7 said.
First responders were called to the bloody scene and attempted to save Sutton’s life. They rushed the mother and baby to the hospital, but there was nothing more they could do, and Sutton died of her substantial injuries.
The baby, however, miraculously survived the attack.
As the investigation unfolded, police learned of a sinister plan. They say Wade told everyone she was pregnant — even her own boyfriend was reportedly tricked. They apparently registered the “baby” on various Internet registries, and the boyfriend had actually changed his Facebook profile picture to an image of a sonogram. In fact, Wade’s own landlord told the news station she absolutely believed her tenant was having a child.
The landlord said, “She told me. I saw her – I knew she was pregnant.” The landlord, whose name has not been revealed, said she was so convinced she even bought Wade a baby card.
According to NY Daily News, Wade told police she killed her friend in self-defense after Sutton lunged at her with a knife.
Despite what happened, and the evidence mounting against Wade, she still reportedly claimed the newborn was hers.
The NY Daily News reports thatWade told cops she had a baby of her own that died in 2014, but would not reveal further details.
ABC 7 says Wade is currently in the psych ward at Elmhurst Hospital. She is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. No word on her next court appearance.
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