Woman Tried to Cut Unborn Baby From Mother’s Stomach, Child Survives

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

Woman Tried to Cut Unborn Baby From Mother’s Stomach, Child Survives

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 9
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A woman near the nation’s capital has been arrested in a chilling case that saw her capture a pregnant woman and hold her captive for days in her apartment. Eventually, Veronica D. Deramous used a box cutter to cut open the pregnant woman’s stomach and attempt to take her unborn child.

Deramous kept the pregnant woman in her Suitland, Maryland home and provided her with food and water until she should get what she really wanted, the mother’s child.

According to a Washington Post reported, over the weekend, Deramous turned up the volume of her television and duct-tapped a rag inside the mother’s mouth.

"You’re strong," Deramous told her victim, police said in a report on the brutal crime. "You can handle what I’m going to do to you."

With box cutters and a razor blade, Deramous cut into the 29-year-old homeless woman’s stomach and attempted to take the child. Unsuccessful, she went to sleep and then fled her home later when the woman escaped and alerted neighbors.

The woman was able to eventually flee the apartment and her insides were still exposed when she presented herself to medical personnel, the Post reported.

"It’s 100 percent the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen in 15 1/2 years on the department," Capt. Misty Mints told the Post. "I can’t even imagine what this victim must have gone through, the complete horror."

Demarous was eventually arrested and will be charged with attempted first-degree murder, false imprisonment and other criminal counts.

The Post indicates police have said the unnamed mother, who was in her final trimester of pregnancy at the time, will recover from the attack and is critically wounded.

The baby, a girl whom the mother plans to name Miracle, survived the attack.

Police indicate Demarous apprehended the woman at the Queen of Peace, Missionaries of Charity homeless shelter in Washington as she came for clothing. She had been telling friends and relatives that she was pregnant, even though she is not.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on the story and noted how police personnel constantly referred to the unborn child as a baby in their comments to the media.

"Baby. That word is constantly invoked. Not fetus. Not clump of cells. Baby. That’s why we emphasized it," he told LifeNews.com.

"Now consider this: also yesterday, the Senate decided that the American people—the majority of whom are opposed to the federal financing of abortion—must pay for the work of doctors who routinely cut babies from their mothers’ wombs," he added.

To put it differently, the taxpayers will now pay for the prison sentence of the unauthorized abortionist and are slated to pay the salaries of authorized abortionists," he said. "Something to think about while we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus."

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