The body of a woman who apparently had a fetus cut from her womb was found in a vacant lot, and police said Friday they had captured a woman in the case.
State police described the 26-year-old woman as a person of interest. She had buried a baby Thursday that she said had been stillborn, East St. Louis Police Chief James Mister told the Belleville News-Democrat.
An autopsy will be performed on the baby Friday to determine whether it was removed from the dead woman’s womb, Mister said.
Meanwhile police searched for three young children believed to have been with the 26-year-old. The Associated Press is not naming her because it was not clear whether she is charged with any crime.
Her boyfriend told officials that she had confessed to him during the funeral that the baby wasn’t his and that she’d killed a woman and taken her baby, Mister said.
Police found the body in the lot soon afterward.
It is scary to think what is going on in people’s minds and what people are capable of doing. It’s important to know who the people are around you and to be loving, but you must trust God to protect you, because there doesn’t seem to be anything that’s beyond happening in today’s society.
*UPDATE* 9-23-2006 11:00 PM EST
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Three young children were found dead Saturday, hours after a woman was charged with killing their pregnant mother and her fetus in a grisly attack in which her womb was cut open, authorities said.
The two boys, ages 7 and 2, and their 1-year-old sister were found together, the St. Clair County coroner’s office said. The location of the bodies was not released.
The kids were last seen Monday with family friend Tiffany Hall, 24, now charged with first-degree murder in the death of their mother. Hall is also charged with intentional homicide of an unborn child, said St. Clair County State’s Attorney Robert Haida.