Online Clues in Case of Baby Cut From Pregnant Mother

Suspect Ashleigh Wade had created a number of baby registries
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2015 8:00 AM CST
Online Clues in Case of Baby Cut From Pregnant Mother
A baby registry belonging to Ashleigh Wade.   (Babies "R" Us)

An 8-pound, 2-ounce baby girl sits in a Bronx hospital room under watch of the NYPD as more details emerge about the grisly crime that took the life of Genesis' mom on Friday. The New York Daily News reports that Angelikque Sutton was found in Ashleigh Wade's apartment with a "deep gash" in her stomach and stab wounds to her neck and torso; the baby's placenta was recovered from the bathroom floor. Sutton, who was 8.5 months pregnant, died shortly after arriving at the hospital, and Wade, 22, was soon charged with her murder. The New York Post speaks with a former NYPD detective lieutenant commander presented as an expert in "fetal kidnapping." Vernon Geberth says such crimes have been documented 17 times in the US since 1987, and he notes that each case showed forethought: The perpetrators "download sonograms or build nurseries," for instance.

The New York Times pieces together alleged evidence of such planning by Wade, who police believe was not pregnant. Wade's landlord tells the Times her tenant told her she was due Nov. 16 and had been experiencing complications. That due date and Wade's name surface online, in baby registries like this 47-item one at Babies "R" Us. Geberth adds that "the primary motivation" in these cases "is to sustain a relationship with a male partner by providing them with a child," and the Times' online sleuthing finds hints of that, too. These include posts made to Facebook by Angel Praylow, who presents himself as being the father of Wade's child and wrote on Nov. 16, "Today her due day but she not ready to come out yet." The Daily News notes Wade and Sutton met in 5th grade; a relative shared a few more details about their relationship. (More fetal kidnapping stories.)

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