A pregnant woman was sliced open from ‘hip to hip’ by her neighbour who had bore the intention to steal her baby, Metro UK reports.
Savanna Greywind, from Fargo, North Dakota, had been eight months pregnant with her first child when she was lured by Brooke Crews to her flat upstairs on August 19 2017.
The 22-year-old was then pushed to the floor, before Crews performed an amateur cesarean on her, taking her baby from her womb.
Crews later told a courtroom that Savanna woke up during the horrific attack before falling back unconscious once again.
She later died due to the amount of blood lost. Crews had lied to her boyfriend William Hoehn, 32, that she was pregnant in a bid to stop their relationship from ending.
The 36-year-old had managed to convince him with a series of fake scans and the sound of a heartbeat found on the internet.
She got Savanna into her apartment by asking her to model a dress that she was making, then instigated a fight, accusing the nurse’s assistant of mistreating her cat and knocking her to the floor.
Crews, dubbed the ‘womb raider’ in court, then cut the expectant mum from hip to hip while she was still alive.
During his trial, her boyfriend Hoehn claimed that she had then showed him the newborn when he got home and said: ‘This is our baby. This is our family.’
He claimed that he realised what she had done later and admitted to disposing of rubbish bags containing bloody shoes and towels.
Savanna was reported missing and Crews was identified as the last person to see her alive. After officers gained a warrant to search the property, they were stunned to find the couple had a newborn baby, which they originally claimed was theirs.
The child was then identified as Savanna’s as a result of DNA testing and returned to her father Ashton Matheny.
Savanna’s body was later found by kayakers, wrapped in plastic in the Red River, over the Minnesota border, outside Fargo, where the couple had dumped it.
Crews pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder and lying to police in December 2017. She was jailed for life without parole in February earlier this year.
During sentencing, Crews apologised to Savanna’s family in which said: ‘I wish I hadn’t done this. There is no excuse. ‘There is no rationalisation. There is nothing. I know it doesn’t help, but I’m sorry.’
After a nine-day trial, Hoehn was acquitted of conspiracy to commit murder, but found guilty of kidnapping and lying to police in October this year.
He was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, to the upset of Savanna’s family.
‘I don’t think this man should ever walk free,’ her mother Norberta Greywind said at the time. ‘He betrayed our family. He looked us in the eye with a straight face while our daughter lay dead in his apartment.
‘Please don’t ever consider letting him out.’
This week, the US Senate unanimously approved Savanna’s Act, which aims to gather data on missing and murdered Native American women.
The legislation will improve data collection on tribal victims, improve tribal access to federal law enforcement databases and create guidelines for responding when someone’s reported missing.
In 2016, North Dakota had 125 cases of Native American women and girls reported missing to the National Crime Information Center. However, the actual figure likely should be higher due to a lack of reporting.
Two Nigerian nationals, one South African woman arrested in India’s biggest ever narcotics seizure (photos)
In India’s biggest ever narcotics seizure, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has recovered 1,818kg of pseudoephedrine from a house in Greater Noida and arrested two Nigerian nationals and one South African national.
Officers said that the house, which belongs to an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer was being used as a drug-manufacturing unit. The approximate value of the seized drugs is estimated to be more than Rs1,000 crore.
Madhav Singh, zonal director, NCB, said the seizure is India’s biggest-ever narcotics haul and the world’s largest pseudoephedrine seizure in the past three years.
According to NCB officials, on Thursday morning following a tip off, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) intercepted a 31-year-old woman passenger, Nomsa Lutalo, from South Africa, at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport.
The woman was to board a flight to Johannesburg via Dubai.
“On checking her bags, they found 24.7kg pseudoephedrine from her bags. On questioning, the woman said she had been handed the consignment in Greater Noida by two people from Nigeria. She said she was asked to carry the same to Johannesburg and was promised good money in exchange,” Singh said.
Based on Lutalo’s interrogation, an NCB team conducted a raid at the identified premise in Sector P4 of Greater Noida the same day.
“A man, Henry Ideofor (35) and a woman, Chimando Okora (30) were living in the house. Both are from Nigeria. During searches, we found several canisters and boxes in the house, containing 1,818kg of pseudoephedrine. We also recovered 1.9kg cocaine,” Singh said.
He said that pseudoephedrine is a precursor used for manufacturing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. The export of pseudoephedrine requires a no-objection certificate from the narcotics commissioner.
The UN Convention Against the Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, 1988, identifies 23 precursors that need to be controlled. Pseudoephedrine is one of them, the officer said.
During questioning, the Nigerian nationals told officials that they bought the chemical from various illicit sources and were storing it to manufacture drugs.
“They also used to manufacture fake heroin and transport it out of the country, illegally. They claim to have also distributed the drugs in Delhi-NCR. The precursor and manufactured drugs were mostly sent to countries in Africa, the two said,” Singh said.
Ideofor and Okora told officials they had taken the house on rent and had been living there since 2015. Investigations revealed that the house belongs to Devendra PN Pandey, an IPS officer posted with the UP Police’s Economic Offences Wing in Lucknow.
When contacted, Pandey said he had rented out the house through a property dealer and was unaware of the activities going on there.
“I had no knowledge of the drug business being run from my house. I have not even received any rent for the past year and had made complaint to the circle officer against the two Nigerian nationals. The rent agreement also clearly mentions that the residents will be responsible for any illegal activity,” he said.
Pandey said he had bought the property for Rs7.2 lakh in 2000.
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