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The Texas woman accused of killing an eight-months-pregnant woman, cutting her baby from her womb, then kidnapping the infant, is now facing an additional murder charge in the child’s death following a grand jury indictment last week.
Taylor Parker, 28, is now facing an additional capital murder charge in the death of the baby, named Braxlynn Sage. She was previously slapped with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping after authorities said she killed 21-year-old Reagan Simmons-Hancock and removed the unborn baby from her body, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Thursday’s indictment by an Oklahoma grand jury follows a final coroner’s report on the death of Braxlynn Sage, the Texarkana Gazette reported.
Parker entered a plea of not guilty at a Friday arraignment. She is being held without bail at Bowie County Jail. Her next hearing is scheduled for April. She previously entered not guilty pleas to the capital murder involving the death of the mother and the kidnapping charge.
Hancock was found dead in her New Boston, Texas, home on the morning of Oct. 9. She had been friends with Parker, according to the Texarkana Gazette.
When Parker was stopped by a Texas trooper in DeKalb, Texas later on the morning of Oct. 9, she said that she’d just given birth along the side of the road and that the baby wasn’t breathing; she was reportedly giving CPR to the infant and the umbilical cord was coming out her pants.
Parker was then transported to an Oklahoma hospital with the baby, but hospital staff and authorities soon became suspicious of her story, as she refused to be examined by a doctor.
Braxlynn Sage was pronounced dead at the hospital. Parker was later arrested on the murder and kidnapping charges.
Parker allegedly admitted to faking a pregnancy, according to local outlet TXK Today. Her boyfriend had expected to meet her at a hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma on Oct. 9 in the afternoon for an induced delivery, he reportedly told investigators.
Hancock’s mother, Jessica Brookes, later told local station KSLA that she discovered her slain daughter — who was just a month away from giving birth to her second daughter — the day she had been attacked.
“A piece of us is gone now,” Brookes said.
Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle said in January that he will be seeking the death penalty in the case against Parker, according to the Gazette.
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