by Steven Ertelt
January 10, 2005
Kansas City, KS (LifeNews.com) — The family of a woman who is accused of killing an eight-month pregnant mother and stealing her unborn child says they tried to warn others that Lisa Montgomery was making up stories about being pregnant. The case has garnered national attention.
Montgomery’s family says their concerns were heightened when they learned she had purchased a home birth kit used by midwives to help deliver babies.
Lisa Montgomery has been charged in the December 16 death of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant at the time. After she strangled Stinnett, Montgomery is alleged to have cut her open and stolen her unborn child Victoria, who survived the attack and is now living with her father.
Montgomery’s mother, Judy Shaughnessy, told The Kansas City Star that she knew there was a problem when people began congratulating her on becoming a grandmother again.
"I just said, ‘Yeah, right, she either stole it or bought it," Shaughnessy told the newspaper.
There was no way Montgomery could have become pregnant, Shaughnessy said, because she had a tubal ligation in 1990. But Shaughnessy said Montgomery was able to fool her husband, even though he had been told by Montgomery’s former husband that she had demanded money from him to "purchase" a baby.
Meanwhile, Montgomery’s two half-sisters, Patty Hedberg and Jerri Kleiner, said they warned Montgomery’s in-laws that she had faked numerous pregnancies before.
The sisters told the Associated Press that Montgomery had pretended to be pregnant before and had secured money for an abortion from her current husband Kevin while they were dating in 1999.
On Friday, a local federal magistrate denied Montgomery bail and said he was worried that, if released, she would not show up for hearings in the case.
Montgomery reportedly wanted to purchase a baby and demanded money from her ex-husband’s new wife.
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.