Judge: Woman Who Killed Pregnant Mom, Stole Unborn Baby Stays in Custody
by Steven Ertelt
August 8, 2008
McKeesport, PA (LifeNews.com) — A judge has ruled that a woman who sliced open a pregnant mother’s stomach and stole her unborn child must remain in custody while a trial in her case moves ahead. Andrea Curry-Demus, 38, will remain in custody on charges that she killed 18-year-old Kia Johnson.
Curry-Demus reportedly lured Johnson to her 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.
Common Pleas Judge Kim Berkeley Clark ruled Friday that Curry-Demus will remain a dependant of the Allegheny County courts.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also noted the baby boy is now three weeks old and was present at the hearing. The infant has been residing with a foster family and Judge Clark said that means he’s either staying with a foster care family or relatives who signed up for foster care.
Judge Clark ruled the boy will stay in foster care another three months.
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.
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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