Pregnant Woman in Massachusetts Killed, Unborn Child Taken From Her Body

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 29, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pregnant Woman in Massachusetts Killed, Unborn Child Taken From Her Body

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 29
, 2009

Worcester, MA ( — A pregnant women in Massachusetts was apparently killed on Monday and the assailant in the incident killed Darlene Haynes purposefully because she was pregnant. The attacker stole Haynes’ unborn child after slicing open her womb following the attack.

Haynes, 23 and who was eight months pregnant at the time, was discovered on Monday wrapped in a comforter in her second-floor apartment.

A search is underway both for the baby who was taken from her and for the killer who is responsible for her death.

Roberto C. Rodriguez, the ex-boyfriend of the slain woman and the father of the unborn child, told news agencies on Wednesday that he is devastated by the news and hopes authorities apprehend the assailant quickly and that the baby is found safely.

“Turn yourself in or keep running,” he said. “The Lord is going to catch up to you. Drop the kid off. Drop the kid off at a hospital.”
"We’re searching everywhere," Worcester Police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst told ABC News today. "There’s many places where this child could be."

WCVB reported today that Haynes had three other children, but only her 18-month-old daughter lived with her. Reports indicate that Haynes dropped off the child to Rodriguez on Thursday and she had not been seen since.

“I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I can’t think,” Rodriguez said. "She was a nice girl. She had her problems, you know? But nobody deserves to go through what she went through."

He indicated Haynes spent time with people who were not good for her and that someone from her group of friends may be responsible.

“She (Darlene) hung out with the wrong crowd simply cause she wanted to fit in," he said.

At the same time, the Telegram newspaper indicates court records show Haynes has a restraining order against Rodriguez, who is set to be married this week to another woman and was slated to do so today or tomorrow.

Haynes landlord, William Thompson, said she has mental health problems and stored trash, including soiled diapers in a storage shed and inside and outside the house that she rented from him.

He decided to look into Haynes’ apartment on Monday after complaints and that’s when he discovered her body.

“No way had I thought she was murdered in the bedroom,” Thompson told the Telegram. “There was no blood. It was weird – the blanket was wrapped much too tight.”

Haynes’ body was found in the closet inside her home in Worcester and her body had decayed to such an extent that investigators had problems identifying even her gender. When they did, they determined Haynes was pregnant and had been murdered and had her uterus cut open, her baby girl stolen.
Haynes’ aunt, Sandra Grandmaison, described her niece as a loving woman who was slow to develop intellectually and never graduated high school. Haynes, she said, already had a name picked out for the baby, but wouldn’t share it, wanting to surprise her family.

Police will know Haynes’ cause of death following a toxicology report but it appears she suffered a blow to the head.

Local officials are urging anyone with more information to call Worcester detectives at (508) 799-8651.

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