Oregon Pregnant Mother Killed by Woman Who Stole Unborn Baby, Claims as Hers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 8, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Oregon Pregnant Mother Killed by Woman Who Stole Unborn Baby, Claims as Hers

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 8
, 2009

Portland, OR (LifeNews.com) — An Oregon pregnant woman has been killed by a woman who stole her eight-month unborn child and paraded the baby around as her own. An autopsy has been performed on 21-year-old Heather Snively, who officials found in the crawl space of her home on Friday.

The autopsy indicates Snively was killed following "blunt force” and "sharp force” injuries and they suspect 27-year-old Korena Elaine Roberts is behind the attack.

Police found Snively’s body but not that of her unborn child and when Roberts began calling a mysterious baby as hers, doctors suspected foul play.

Officials found Snively’s body several hours after hospital officials indicated a baby about the same age was presented at a local hospital. Roberts had called paramedics claiming problems following a supposed birth.

Snively’s family said she loved her unborn baby and was looking forward to his birth. She had planned to name her baby John Stephen, according to a Charleston Daily Mail report and had recently moved from West Virginia to Oregon to be with her boyfriend.

However, Snively met Roberts on the classifieds web site Craigslist, while looking for baby clothes, who identified herself as eight months pregnant as well.

David Kidd, Snively’s stepfather, told the Portland Oregonian newspaper that it appears Roberts wanted Snively’s child. "It seems that way," he said.

"She was really excited about her baby boy," he said of Snively and her expected birth.

Roberts already had two children under the age of 10.

Upon arrival at the hospital, doctors realized Roberts had not given birth to the baby boy, who died shortly afterwards. Roberts was arrested Saturday and charged with Snively’s murder and now she is being held without bond.

Other cases of women killing pregnant mothers and stealing their unborn children have cropped up in recent years.

Lisa 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.

In July 2008, Andrea Curry-Demus of Wilkinsburg apparently killed a pregnant mother and cut open her stomach to steal her unborn child.

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