A woman has been arrested after a mum-to-be's throat was slit and her baby girl cut from her womb. Ashley Wade, 22, allegedly killed Angelikque Sutton, who was eight months pregnant , and tried to pass the newborn baby off as her own.
The sickening attack reportedly happened at Wade's apartment in the Bronx, New York, at around 2.20pm Friday afternoon. Wade allegedly slashed Sutton, also 22, across the neck then cut the baby from her womb as she lay dead or dying, the New York Post reported.
Wade’s boyfriend is believed to have raised the alarm after walking in on her holding the infant. Bronx councilman Andy King told reporters:
“It looks like the baby was surgically removed. “That this is a possible baby snatch — this is unforseeable. With the holidays approaching, what a bloody way to start the season.” Sutton and her daughter were rushed to Montefiore Hospital, where the young mother was pronounced dead.
Police entered the home and found blood smeared over staircases and doorways leading to the body of the mother. A placenta and knife were found in a hallway next to a bathroom. The baby girl is healthy, despite her ordeal, the NY Post reported. Wade was arrested at the scene and is being held at Jacobi Medical Center.
Police are reportedly seeking a warrant to test whether Wade is pregnant amid claims she had told neighbours she was expecting. No charges have yet been filed.