You hate hearing about stories like this one, because it reminds you that everyone can be a victim, even the insane person who would do something like this. But a woman is on trial for cutting out the fetus of a woman in an effort to steal her unborn baby. We don’t know what the woman may have been thinking, but we know that the crime is simply heinous.
The children and their father, Christian Mercado, are getting psychiatric help to deal with the horrors, which will be rehashed at the trial that starts Monday of the woman charged in the killing.
Carlos Mercado, and his fiancee, Darla Gutierrez, moved into the apartment below his son’s shortly after the October 2011 attack to help care for his son and the children — daughters ages 5 and 7 and a 3-year-old son — who still don’t understand what happened.
Morales-Rodriguez, 34, is accused of faking a pregnancy, panicking as her supposed due date approached and then luring the 23-year-old Ramirez-Cruz to her house. There she attacked her with a baseball bat, choked her and then used an X-Acto knife to cut the fetus out, according to the criminal complaint.
According to court documents, Morales-Rodriguez had a couple of miscarriages and her boyfriend wanted a son. Prosecutors say she planned for two weeks to look for a pregnant woman and take her baby. She found Ramirez-Cruz, who was due any day, around a nonprofit organization that provides Hispanics with social services and offered her a ride.