A woman in New York is accused of murdering her pregnant friend and stealing her baby to keep for herself.
As Inside Edition shares, Ashleigh Wade (seen left above) is accused of stabbing friend Angelikque Sutton in November 2015 and then taking her nearly full-term baby while the victim remained and bled to death.
Authorities believe that Wade wanted to keep the baby for herself. They point to the fact that the woman was living a duplicitious life, acting as if she were really a pregnant woman (even though she was not). She allegedly went to the extent of buying baby clothes and even telling her boyfriend and others when her due date was coming up.
The stabbing incident occurred on November 20 just as Wade was on her way to the courthouse to be married. She stopped at Sutton's apartment and allegedly told the victim that she had a present for her. Inside, she stabbed Sutton in the throat and then cut the child from her uterus.
In the courtroom, prosecutors pointed to the brutal nature of the crime and the fact that Wade killed her friend without harming the baby. "She was able to do it without causing any injury to the baby," said prosecutor Meredith Holtzman. "It’s a miracle and it’s also proof of guilt."
Following the incident, Wade told her boyfriend that she had given birth but also done something terrible. Prosecution says they have surveillance video of the boyfriend with the newborn, thinking he was the father.
The baby—now 2 years old—survived and is named Jenasis.
The defense is questioning the prosecution's motive for the crime. “Was this an intentional murder with the goal of kidnapping this baby or did something else go wrong?” asked defense attorney Amy Attias in court. “This trial is not so much about what happened but about why."
Wade has pleaded not guilty to murder and kidnapping charges.
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