Saturday, December 18, 2004

Some people are just sick

When I heard about the mother-to-be who'd been killed and her baby ripped from her womb, I thought my colleagues were reviewing an episode of Law & Order or Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I wish they had been.

As you've likely heard, a young woman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett was brutely murdered and her child cut from her womb and kidnapped. Seems a little computer forensics and a few tips helped close the case.
An anonymous tip from a caller in North Carolina helped lead police to Montgomery, affiliate KMBC in Kansas City, Missouri, reported Saturday. Also leading authorities to the arrest were clues found on Stinnett's computer, the station said.
And, it appears this wasn't a crime committed on the spur of the moment:
All reports indicated that Montgomery seemed to know how to remove the baby without harming it. Some media outlets wondered whether Montgomery had any medical training. However, the Forum has learned that emergency Cesarean section procedures can easily be found with a quick search on the Internet. On short notice and without any medical training, Montgomery could have used this technique to cut the baby out of Stinnett's womb.
The suspect passed the newborn baby as her own:
Friday morning Lisa Montgomery showed customers at the Whistle Stop cafe in Melvern, Kansas, a baby she claimed to be her own.
The baby is okay, and is back in her father's arms.
The girl, Victoria Jo Stinnett, was healthy and "a miracle," the Stormont-Vail hospital in Topeka, Kansas, quoted the girl's father, Zebulon Stinnett, as saying after the two were united late on Friday.
I think of the life Bobbie Jo and Zeb had created for themselves and the future they'd dreamed of, together. Dogs and children and a life together; perhaps not perfect, but a life. All shattered by a crazy woman.

What the blazes is this world coming to?

1 comment:

  1. Dear Peter,
    I felt sick to my stomach when I heard this story on AM Radio. They announced it as an Amber alert and all I kept thinking about was how would anyone ID a newborn and what about the poor mother that had to discover her daughter like that.
    What animals, monsters, these people are. No pity should be wasted on them.