The woman accused of cutting out a fetus from pregnant woman, killing them both, was convicted Thursday of two counts of first-degree murder.
Milwaukee resident Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 34, faces a mandatory life sentence for the October 2011 deaths of the mother and her fetus.
Prosecutors say Morales-Rodriguez faked a pregnancy and then lured 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz to her house, attacking her and using an X-Acto knife to remove the fetus. Ramirez-Cruz died of blood loss and asphyxiation. Her fetus also passed away as a result of Ramirez-Cruz’s death.
While Morales-Rodriguez didn’t testify during the trial, a videotape interview with police reveals she was desperate to get pregnant for her boyfriend, but couldn’t. Morales-Rodriguez also stated she pretended to be pregnant twice, later claiming to miscarry. After lying about a third pregnancy, she considered killing a pregnant woman and stealing her baby.
Morales-Rodriguez described going to a Hispanic community center and finding her victim, Ramirez-Cruz, a mother of three in her 40th week of pregnancy.
Morales-Rodriguez recounted bashing Ramirez-Cruz in the head with a baseball bat, choking her, putting duct tape over her eyes and nose, and wrapping a plastic bag around her head. Then, Morales-Rodriguez used a small blade to cut Ramirez-Cruz and pull out the stillborn baby boy. She called 911 and claimed she gave birth to a child who wasn’t breathing.
An examination revealed Morales-Rodriguez never gave birth. Ramirez-Cruz’s body was discovered in Morales-Rodriguez’s basement.
Morales-Rodriguez faces a mandatory life sentence with the possibility of parole. She is scheduled to be sentenced on December 14th.