Woman Kills Pregnant Mother, Steals Her Baby; Now Charged With Homicide
by Steven Ertelt
July 21, 2008
Pittsburgh, PA (LifeNews.com) — A western Pennsylvania woman who apparently killed a pregnant mother and cut open her stomach to steal her unborn child has been charged with homicide. Andrea Curry-Demus of Wilkinsburg has been in policy custody since the crime occurred and she also faces charges of unlawful restraint and kidnapping.
Curry-Demus, 38, went to a hospital with the child after the murder and claimed the baby was her own.
After officials questioned the contention, she later told authorities she paid $1,000 to the baby’s mother to purchase the infant. Later on during the questioning, she changed the story again and said two people removed the baby and gave him to her.
Now, Curry-Demus stands accused of killing 18-year-old Kia Johnson, whose body police found on Friday. She has been jailed pending a $10,000 bail and a psychiatric exam.
Police believe Curry-Demus, a convicted felon with a history of trying to steal children, met Johnson at the Allegheny County Jail. Both happened to be visiting inmates at the time of their coincidental meeting.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper indicates Curry-Demus spent an hour talking to her husband, Raymond Demus, who is in prison on charges of rape. Video camera footage shows Curry-Demus and Johnson chatting in the waiting room.
The newspaper indicated Johnson was visiting 19-year-old burglary suspect Terrel Barnes, who is thought to be the father of the baby.
After the visits, Curry-Demus reportedly lured Johnson to a third-floor apartment where she tied up Johnson, wrapped her head in a plastic bag, used a sharp object to rip open Johnson’s abdomen and pulled out the baby boy.
Shakeea Washington, 22 and a childhood friend of Johnson’s, told the newspaper she was looking forward to the birth of the baby.
"She was looking forward to her little boy. The family, everyone, had bought diapers, baby stuff. Kia was intelligent, kind and loved by everyone. She didn’t deserve to die," Washington told the newspaper.
The baby boy appears to be doing well and is at West Penn Hospital under supervision.
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