Monday, October 10, 2011

33-year-old Woman Cuts Out Unborn Baby From Pregnant Mother

Maritza Ramirez-Cruz

Photo: Family

Annette Morales-Rodriguez

Both the mother and unborn child died.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 10, 2011

Milwaukee - Last Thursday, police were called to a home at the 1600 block of S. 7th St. to investigate a reported death of a new born. Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 33, reported the death after admitting she had given birth. Morales-Rodriguez told police the baby had died during birth.
She was taken to the hospital and police detectives discovered Morales-Rodriguez wasn't the mother of a baby boy. Police returned to the home on Saturday where they found the body of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, 23, which showed signs that her baby was savagely cut out, in what police are saying is a rare case of child abduction. Ramirez-Cruz was expected to give birth on October 16, according to family members.
On Monday, Morales-Rodriguez was charged with two counts of 1st-degree homicide, including intentional homicide of a child while armed. Bail was set at $1 million, if convicted, she is facing two life terms in prison.
The criminal complaint stated, Morales-Rodriguez went out and drove around looking for a woman that was pregnant and saw Ramirez-Cruz on S. Chase Ave. and offered her a ride. She lured Ramirez-Cruz to her South side apartment and then beat Ramirez-Cruz with a baseball bat and choked her, until she killed her. Then, Morales-Rodriguez removed the unborn child from Ramirez-Cruz uterus with a knife.
Morales-Rodriguez wanted a boy to make her boyfriend happy. She couldn't get pregnant, so she pretended to be having a child. She became worried after the fake pregnacy was nearing the delivery date.
Her live-in boyfriend told police that he thought Morales-Rodriguez had been pregnant. Neighbors also thought she was pregnant because Morales-Rodriguez would tell them that she was about to give birth. She has three children.
Ramirez-Cruz was last seen on Thursday morning when she left her home. She was later reported missing by her husband Christian Mercado, according to police. Ramirez-Cruz also had three children.

Copy of criminal complaint (PDF) filed against Annette Morales-Rodriguez at following link:

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