by Steven Ertelt
October 10, 2007
Kansas City, MO (LifeNews.com) — A woman who cut open a pregnant mother’s stomach and stole her unborn child claimed to be pregnant five times after having a medical procedure to get her fallopian tubes tied. Carl Bowman, former husband of Lisa Montgomery, testified to that effect during Montgomery’s trial on Wednesday.
Montgomery made national headlines in December 2004 when she strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett to death and cut open her stomach to steal her unborn child.
Stinnett apparently met and befriended Montgomery through dog shows and Montgomery told her she wanted to buy a dog. But when Montgomery was at Stinnett’s home she strangled the woman with a rope and used a knife to perform a crude Caesarian section.
Once she had the baby, she paraded the infant around as her own.
But Bowman told the court his ex-wife was unable to have children after undergoing a tubal ligation in 1990.
He said the family’s doctor recommended the procedure after their fourth child was born two months premature, according to an AP report. He said the physician didn’t think Montgomery was capable of carrying another baby to term.
Meanwhile, Montgomery’s current husband, Kevin Montgomery, testified on Tuesday that he didn’t think it was strange that his wife had just given birth and wanted him to meet her at a local restaurant.
"I knew she didn’t like hospitals and doctors," Kevin Montgomery said, and explained that Lisa told him she gave birth earlier in the day at a local birthing center.
A judge previously ruled Lisa Montgomery can’t use the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case as a defense, a judge has ruled. Her lawyers argued the baby was not a person under law and, therefore, she can’t be charged with kidnapping.
Judge John Maughmer determined in September that Montgomery’s lawyers can’t use the abortion case as a defense to get her kidnapping charges removed.
Her family discussed the case with ABC’s "Good Morning America" in June 2006 and said their mother brandished a sonogram of an unborn child she claimed was her own. Later they found out the image was printed from the Internet.
"She had a picture of the ultrasound. I thought it was hers, of course. They told me she had just gotten it off the Internet," Carl James Bowman, Montgomery’s son, told ABC News.
Kayla Bowman, Montgomery’s daughter, told the television program her mother completely deceived her.
"I guess you could say I never had doubt. My mom is the one who did it, but it’s hard to believe, you know? There I was the whole day at school looking at my little sister, and the next thing I know I’m hearing she’s not really my little sister," she said.
Montgomery’s children saw the newborn baby for the first time when she showed the child off at a store parking lot, just hours after Stinnett was killed.
"She was definitely glowing, happy right then. I think she was proud of ‘her’ baby," Carl James Bowman told ABC News.
The next day, Montgomery was charged with murder. The baby now lives with her father and is in healthy condition.