by Steven Ertelt
January 4, 2005
Kansas City, KS (LifeNews.com) — The woman who stands accused of strangling a mother to death and cutting her open to steal her unborn child reportedly wanted to purchase a baby and demanded money from her ex-husband’s new wife.
Lisa Montgomery has been charged in the December 16 death of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant at the time. However, before Montgomery allegedly stole Stinnett’s unborn child, she apparently wanted to purchase another baby.
Montgomery, who is 36 year-old and the mother of four teenagers, wanted to obtain $45,000 in cash from Vanessa Boman, the new wife of her ex-husband Carl Boman, to pay for a baby.
Boman told a London newspaper that Montgomery threatened and harassed her when she wouldn’t consent to giving her any money. She says Montgomery threatened to "destroy" her as a result.
"We were really concerned about what was going to happen because we couldn’t afford to give her the money even if we’d wanted to," Boman told The Mail on Sunday newspaper.
"I was convinced she was going to do something dreadful, and I thought Carl and I were in danger," Boman said.
Boman told the London newspaper that she tried to warn Montgomery’s new husband when she showed up with Stinnett’s baby and claimed it as her own. Montgomery’s husband says he didn’t suspect anything was wrong.
"We had people warn Kevin that there was no baby, that she couldn’t be pregnant, but he didn’t believe us," Boman told the British news agency.
Montgomery told her family she was in Topeka, Kansas on a shopping trip and she phone home claiming to have delivered the baby and asking her husband to come pick her up.
Montgomery will remain in jail while awaiting indictment on the charges as newly appointed attorneys waived her right to a preliminary hearing. She has not entered a plea in the case, which is expected to begin later this month.
Should the grand jury return an indictment, Montgomery will be arraigned and enter a plea.
Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer appointed public defenders last week to represent her.
Montgomery confessed to police officials that she strangled Stinnett at her Missouri home and took the baby with her. She could be in jail for life or receive the death penalty if convicted.
The baby, Victoria Jo Stinnett, survived the attack and is now living with her father after spending a weekend at a local hospital for evaluation.
The case is drawing further attention to the violence committed against pregnant women. The Montgomery trial follows closely on the heels of the conviction of Scott Peterson in the deaths of his wife and eight-month old unborn baby Conner.