Baby taken from slain mom’s womb found alive

July 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A violent and repugnant murder may have been solved and the orphaned newborn baby recovered. Massachusetts police said Wednesday they have found the baby believed to be literally ripped from the womb of its mother and arrested a suspect in connection with the alleged murder and kidnapping. Police discovered Darlene Haynes, a mother of three and eight months pregnant, found dead Monday, after neighbors complained about a strong stench in her apartment. The victim was a tragic figure, mentally impaired, and struggling to take care of herself. Two of her children were being raised by her maternal grandmother. Haynes, 23, was found in the closet of a bedroom, wrapped in bedding and so mangled and decomposed that authorities could not immediately tell her gender. Police think she had been dead for several days.

She was last seen on July 23, and Julie A. Corey and an acquaintance was one of the last people to see her, authorities said. Officers received tips from women who did not know Corey was pregnant and became suspicious when she turned up with a newborn girl at the time that Haynes went missing. Haynes told friends she delivered a baby sometime between July 23 and July 24 at an undisclosed Massachusetts hospital, according to authorities. Police later found Corey and a male friend with the baby Wednesday afternoon in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The baby was in fairly good health and was taken to a hospital, Worcester police said. Corey, 35, from Worcester, MA was charged with being a fugitive from authorities with probable cause that she had kidnapped Haynes’s baby.

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