Killer Cut Baby Out of Oregon Woman: Cops

Authorities not sure if boy died inside or outside of womb
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 8, 2009 5:16 PM CDT
Killer Cut Baby Out of Oregon Woman: Cops
Flowers, a note, and a toy bear lie outside the home of Korena Elaine Roberts, accused of killing a 21-year-old pregnant woman who was found dead without the baby.    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Authorities say a pregnant woman who was found dead in a crawl space of a suburban Oregon home had been cut open and her baby delivered from her womb. The Washington County sheriff's office said today that it couldn't be determined if the infant son of Heather Snively died before or after he was removed from the womb; the autopsy showed that Snively died of "blunt" and "sharp force" injuries.

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Korena Elaine Roberts, who told hospital authorities the baby was her own, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on a murder charge in Snively's death. (Read more Oregon stories.)

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