Woman Who Killed Pregnant Mother and Stole Baby Had Two Miscarriages
by Steven Ertelt
July 23, 2008
Pittsburgh, PA (LifeNews.com) — The woman who has been charged with homicide for killing a pregnant teenager mother by slicing open her stomach and stealing her baby had an obsession with having a child. The mental health issues appear to have stemmed originally from a February 1990 miscarriage Andrea Curry-Demus had.
Curry-Demus, 38 and of Wilkinsburg, has been in policy custody since the crime occurred and she also faces charges of unlawful restraint and kidnapping.
After the alleged murder, she went to a hospital with the child after the murder and claimed the baby was her own.
According to court records in the case, the claim isn’t surprising given her background.
A Phoenxville News report indicates Curry-Demus, several months after the miscarriage, stabbed one pregnant woman in an apparent attempt to steal her baby and she kidnapped a newborn infant from a local hospital. She received light sentences in both cases.
The court papers also show Curry-Demus had a miscarriage at the age of 12 and has been unable to cope with the death of both of the children.
"While she admitted committing the offenses, she had great difficulty in verbalizing her feelings or motivations other than to mention the loss of her own child due to a miscarriage several months prior to the present offenses," papers say, the News indicated.
She was twice committed to a mental hospital for her issues and examination reports state she was "in the midst of a major depressive episode" and kept "hearing babies cry."
Meanwhile, the family of the victim, 18-year-old Kia Johnson, will have her funeral on Friday. They have named her son, who survived the attack, Terrell Kian Johnson in honor of his mother.
After officials apprehended Curry-Demus in relation to this recent case, she 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 Johnson. She has been jailed pending a $10,000 bail and a psychiatric exam.
Police believe Curry-Demus met Johnson at the Allegheny County Jail. Both happened to be visiting inmates at the time of their coincidental meeting.
She 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.
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 Pittsburgh Tribune 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 said.
The baby boy appears to be doing well and is at West Penn Hospital under supervision.
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