Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Morales-Rodriguez Held For Killing Mother To Get Unborn Child Accused Of Attacking Milwaukee County Corrections Officer

Annette Morales-Rodriguez

Morales-Rodriguez facing assault charges for attacking female corrections officer at Milwaukee County Jail.

By H. Nelson Goodson
November 16, 2011

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department confirmed that Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 33, held at the County jail for the early October homicides of both Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, 23, and her unborn son, Omar had attacked a corrections officer at the jail. On Monday, Morales-Rodriguez allegedly attacked a 52-year-old female Milwaukee County Corrections Officer (MCCO) around 10:00 p.m. after tampering with her holding cell locking mechanism. The door failed to lock and when the MCCO tried to check the mishap, Morales-Rodriguez then attacked the MCCO. They struggled last for at least seven minutes, until the MCCO was able to break free and overpowered Morales-Rodriguez. The MCCO couldn't reach for her radio because Morales-Rodriguez grabbed it and threw it into a cell keeping the MCCO from calling for help. She also got the MCCO's handcuffs and during the struggle, the MCCO suffered minor injuries, including scratches and scrapes, according a Milwaukee County Sheriff's news release.
The MCCO reported that after the attack, Morales-Rodriguez returned the radio and said, she "just wanted to go home," according to David Clarke, Milwaukee County Sheriff. The incident of the attack is under investigation.
Morales-Rodriguez is facing felony assault charges for attacking a MCCO and could get up to six years in prison. She has been put of a suicide watch.
On November 2, Morales-Rodriguez pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect for the Ramirez-Cruz homicide. She was charged with two counts of 1st-degree homicide, including intentional homicide of a child while armed. Morales-Rodriguez bail was set at $1 million and if convicted, she is facing two life terms in prison.
The criminal complaint states, that Morales-Rodriguez pretended she was going to have a child, but couldn't get pregnant. She desperately wanted a boy and went looking for a victim that was pregnant with a boy and was about to give birth.
Morales-Rodriguez saw Ramirez-Cruz walking along Chase Ave. and gave her a ride. Morales-Rodriguez was able to lure Ramirez-Cruz to her home where she killed her and savagely cut her unborn child from Ramirez-Cruz body. The child was also killed in the process of being extracted, according to the criminal complaint.
The alleged killer, Morales-Rodriguez has three children and the victim, Ramirez-Cruz had three children as well. Neither of them knew each other.

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

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