A heavily pregnant Texas woman and her unborn child were allegedly killed by a female “friend” who cut the baby from her womb and took her to a hospital across state lines.
The victim, identified by the Texarkana Gazette as 22-year-old Reagan Hancock, was almost eight months pregnant when she was attacked at her home in New Boston, Bowie County, on Friday morning by another woman.
The assailant allegedly cut open Hancock’s belly and forcibly removed her unborn baby girl before leaving the expecting mom for dead and taking the fetus on a 50-mile trip to a hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma.
The suspect was later arrested and the baby has since died at the hospital, KLTV reported.
The unnamed attacker was “someone Reagan considered a friend,” according to an online fundraiser set up for Hancock.
The fundraiser has raised nearly $18,000 in four days.
Hancock’s mother, Jess Brooks, said in a Facebook post Saturday that she was the one who found her daughter dead.
Brooks described her daughter’s killer as “Satan in the flesh” in the post, revealing that the “precious unborn baby girl” was to be named Braxlynn Sage.
Hancock, who already has a three-year-old daughter, was expecting her second child with husband, Homer, with the baby due on November 10.
Although a motive for the barbaric killing is not yet known, the suspect has been charged with kidnapping and murdering an unborn child, police said.
More charges are expected to be brought against the suspect, officials confirmed.