In Northwest Indiana, a 36-year-old woman is in police custody after allegedly kidnapping and killing a young mother in order to steal her newborn daughter (both pictured above) and claiming the child as her own.
According to the Daily Mail, the victim, Samantha Fleming, was found dead on Friday wrapped in plastic and doused with bleach. Police discovered the body after Fleming’s cell phone signal was tracked to Gary, Indiana, which was over 180 miles from where the victim lived.
On April 5, Fleming disappeared with her daughter, Serenity, and was reported missing by her boyfriend. Currently, police believe the perpetrator went to Fleming’s house posing as a Child Protective Services (CPS) employee and was somehow able to convince Fleming to come with her to Gary. Apparently, the suspect new a lot of personal information about Fleming and claimed that the woman needed to go with her to attend a court hearing.
However, instead of attending the supposed CPS hearing, the suspect stabbed Fleming to death and stuffed her body in a plastic tube. The Chicago Tribune reports that when officers searched the suspect’s home, her sister dropped by and had Serenity with her. The sister said that her sibling asked her to care for her baby while she visited her mother in Texas.
Thankfully, now the baby is safe and the woman is in custody in Texas.
Police have not released the name of the suspect and no charges have been filed. Lt. Thomas Pawlak told The Chicago Tribune that the suspect’s house had been fitted out with a nursery. ‘It appears that she had been planning this,’ Pawlak told the newspaper. ‘There was everything you would buy for a new baby. A crib, changing table, diaper bag, carrier, new clothes.’
A neighbor told the paper the suspect said she was pregnant with twins.
The neighbor said around Easter the suspect said one of the twins had died but that she had given birth, only the child was still in hospital with jaundice.
When the neighbor eventually saw the woman with the child, she said she found the baby to be ‘lighter-skinned’ than she expected. The woman also had a bandage on her hand. The alleged kidnapper asked her neighbor to watch her house because she was going out of town. Just days before the woman left, the neighbor said she saw her going back and forth from her house to her garage and carrying small plastic grocery bags.
The neighbor said they had been texting regularly since the woman left.
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But when she texted the alleged kidnapper after she saw police enter her home on Friday, the messages stopped. Pawlak believes the alleged kidnapper was very familiar with Fleming, and they are trying to work out how.
The woman is not believed to be affiliated with Child Protective Services in any way. ‘She knew a lot about this mother,’ he said. ‘Enough to convince her she was with CPS.’
Watch the video below to learn more about this disturbing case.