Texas woman found guilty of capital murder after killing pregnant woman, cutting baby from womb – Fox News
On Monday, a woman in Texas was found guilty of capital murder after cutting a baby from a pregnant woman’s womb and then violently killing the mother.
Taylor Rene Parker, 29, was found guilty by a Bowie County Jury of the murder of Reagan Micelle Simmons-Hancock, 21. She was also found guilty of the murder and abduction of the baby girl stolen from her mother’s womb.
The gruesome murder occurred in Simmons-Hancock’s New Boston home in October 2020.
Parker had pretended to be pregnant for months before the murder. She faked ultrasounds, made social media posts, and even revealed the baby’s gender. She led those around her to believe she was pregnant. However, a hysterectomy prevented Parker from being able to conceive. For almost ten months, Parker faked her pregnancy. Prosecutors allege she lied about being pregnant to get her boyfriend to stay with her.
According to the evidence, Parker had researched “how to fake a pregnancy.” She also watched videos about delivering babies prematurely at 35 weeks, which was exactly how far along Simmons-Hancock was when she killed her.
Parker had used a hammer to bash into Simmons-Hancock’s skull multiple times, and she also cut and stabbed her over 100 times. She used a scalpel to remove the baby, which eventually died violently.
District Attorney Lauren Richards told the jury. “In the past two weeks, the evidence has never been more clear, she’s a liar, a manipulator, and now she’s gonna be held accountable for it.”
A sentencing trial is scheduled for October 12, in which jurors will decide whether or not to sentence Parker to death or life without parole. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Parker.
For more coverage on this story, see the additional news sources below:
- Texas woman convicted of killing a pregnant woman to take her unborn baby New York Post
Woman Convicted of Killing a Woman to Take Her Unborn Baby US News & World Report
- Taylor Parker murder trial update: Eerie words of ‘womb raider who killed friend before cutting out her baby’ revealed The U.S. Sun