by Steven Ertelt
January 13, 2005
Kansas City, MO (LifeNews.com) — The woman who has gained national attention as the subject of charges that she strangled a pregnant mother to death, cut her open and stole her unborn child, has been indicted. A federal grand jury issued an indictment Wednesday against Lisa Montgomery.
Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty in the case of the 36 year-old Kansas resident. She has been charged with kidnapping resulting in death.
Montgomery drove to the home of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, an eight-month pregnant woman Montgomery had met through a dog show. Stinnett, 23, was found by her mother dead and with her midsection cut open.
The indictment says Montgomery killed Stinnett "in an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner."
Montgomery had been claiming she was pregnant, as she had done on previous occasions, and called her husband at home and said she deliver a baby girl.
U.S. Attorney Todd Graves told the Associated Press that Montgomery will be arraigned sometime next week and she will be allowed to enter a plea at that time.
Family members of Montgomery say they tried to warn others that Montgomery was making up stories about being pregnant.
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.
Montgomery reportedly wanted to purchase a baby and demanded money from her ex-husband’s new wife.
Victoria, the unborn child who survived the attack, is healthy and now living with her father.