Parents of Dead Teen Whose Unborn Child Was Stolen Forgive Culprit at Funeral
by Steven Ertelt
July 25, 2008
McKeesport, PA (LifeNews.com) — The parents of a teenager girl who became a homicide victim when Andrea Curry-Demus, 38, allegedly sliced open her stomach and stole her unborn child say they forgive her. The parents of 18-year-old Kia Johnson spoke at her funeral on Friday after her body was found in Curry-Demus’ apartment.
"I forgive her for the simple fact that if she wouldn’t have took the baby to the hospital, we would not have been able to find our daughter," Johnson’s mother Darlene said.
"She’s going to be missed by everyone," her mother said. "Kia was a special child.
An AP report indicated Johnson’s father, Eric Johnson Sr., said he forgave Curry-Demus, too, because he is a Christian.
"I’m just glad my daughter knew the Lord and she was saved. She’s with Jesus," her father said, according to the Associated Press.
Johnson’s family have named her son, who survived the attack, Terrell Kian Johnson in honor of his mother. he was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Curry-Demus reportedly took the baby to a local hospital on July 16 claiming she had just given birth and suspicious hospital staff contacted police.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 22 and an Allegheny County judge ruled Curry-Demus competent to stand trial.
That ruling comes despite a psychiatrist’s testimony that she has some mental health issues.
The mental health issues appear to have stemmed originally from a February 1990 miscarriage Curry-Demus had.
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