Missouri woman convicted of kidnapping a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her womb
A Missouri woman was convicted Monday of kidnapping leading to death in the 2004 incident in which she cut the baby from a pregnant woman, reports the Star Tribune and the Kansas City Star.
Lisa Montgomery, 39, kidnapped 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, in 2004 the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore. It took the jury about four hours of deliberation to reach the verdict.
Montgomery had been searching the internet for information on Stinnett and used a fake identity to set up a meeting with her. She kidnapped Stinnett, attempted to choke her with a rope and then cut the baby from her womb with a kitchen knife.
Montgomery's attorneys claim she suffers from severe mental illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder and pseudocyesis, which causes women to falsely believe they are pregnant and show the outward signs.
Prosecutors portrayed Montgomery as being manipulative and dishonest, claiming she used pregnancy lies as leverage in her own life. Montgomery has four children of her own and is in a slight custody battle with her ex-husband.
After delivering her last child in 1990, she had a tubal ligation which left her incapable of carrying a child. Despite this, Montgomery would still claim to be pregnant.