by Steven Ertelt
October 17, 2005
Ford City, PA (LifeNews.com) — The teenager who discovered the woman who attacked a mother and tried to steal her almost full-term unborn baby says the assailant "laughed" about the whole ordeal. Adam Silvis, 17, discovered the woman and told his father, who was about 150 yards away, about the uproar.
He says the suspect, Peggy Jo Conner, sat on her car laughing as Silvis and his dad waited for police to arrive at the scene.
"It was so bizarre," Silvis told the Associated Press. Conner "told me everything was fine and she was trying to find a place to hunt around here. I just said OK and left because I knew I had to keep my calm and act like I didn’t think anything was wrong so she wouldn’t take off."
He described Conner as "like a hollow shell. She had almost no emotion."
Silvis told WTAE-TV that Conner, 38, tried to drive off but he and his father prevented that from happening. Conner later claimed she would take Valerie Lynn Oskin, the woman she attacked, to a hospital.
Oskin is now improving and is at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny General Hospital, about 50 miles form the wooded crime scene where she was attacked. her condition is improving and she was able to talk with authorities but doctors don’t want her to participate in the case too much because she’s not returned to full strength.
Meanwhile, Oskin, who is 30, told local officials she "definitely" recalls her neighbor Conner as her attacker. Conner nearly killed Oskin and her baby as she sliced open her stomach in an attempt to steal the child.
Conner is accused of first hitting Oskin with a baseball bat on Wednesday and then driving Oskin to the remove area.
Oskin’s baby was delivered at the hospital and is in fine condition.
Conner is currently being held without bail and has been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and aggravated assault of an unborn child. The third charge involves a Pennsylvania law pro-life advocates helped get through the state legislature that allows prosecutors to charge criminals who assault a pregnant woman and kill or injure her unborn child.