The Associated Press reports that a woman who was convicted of killing her pregnant neighbor has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole. Brooke Crews, 38, cut a baby from its mother’s womb while she was still alive. Crews pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder and lying to law officers.
The crime occurred in August of 2017. Savanna Greywind, 22, of Fargo, North Dakota, was Crews’ neighbor at the time of her death. Greywind bled to death after Crews cut her baby from her womb as she went in and out of consciousness.
Prosecutors asked the court for life with no parole, and defense attorneys asked for life with parole.
Crews read an apology statement in court, but had no plea deal with prosecution and showed no reaction when her sentence was read.
At the time of her death, Greywind was eight months pregnant. She disappeared in August and search crews combed the area near her home. Kayakers later found her body in a river, wrapped in plastic. Officers found the baby alive and in the apartment where Crews lived with her boyfriend, William Hoehn.
Hoehn has also been charged, but has pleaded not guilty and will start his trial in March.
At first, Crews told officers that Greywind gave up the baby, but later told them she took advantage of her to get the baby.
Hoehn allegedly arrived home on August 19 to find Crews cleaning up blood in their apartment, when she presented the baby to him, telling him they were a family. He then disposed of the bloody towels and shoes from the cleaning in a dumpster away from his apartment.
The baby is now in the custody of its father, Ashton Matheny.
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