Woman Who Cut Unborn Baby From Friend’s Stomach Did It to “Save the Baby”

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 24, 2015   |   5:14PM   |   New York, NY

In New York, a woman nearly 9-months pregnant died after a childhood friend cut her unborn baby from her womb in an attempt to pass the infant off as her own. Angelikque Sutton, 22, had been stabbed multiple times across her body Friday. Sutton visited 22-year-old Ashleigh Wade (pictured above) at her apartment, where police say Wade stabbed Sutton to death, and then carved her baby out of her stomach.

Police say Wade had been telling people for months she was pregnant, even posting a baby registry and due date online. But police say she was never pregnant. Wade was reportedly friends with Sutton back in elementary school, and the two had reconnected before Wade invited Sutton to her apartment. That’s where police found Wade and Sutton’s body.

The unborn baby survived the attack and is reportedly in good health.

Now, Wade faces murder, criminal possession of a weapon and other charges. Wade claims she killed her friend in self-defense and cut open her stomach to get the baby in an effort to “save the baby”

As the New York Daily News reports:

After initially claiming she had just given birth to the baby herself, Wade later changed her twisted tune and said it was her pregnant victim who attacked her inside her home on Monticello Ave. in Wakefield.Wade claimed Sutton lunged at her with a knife, but she wrestled it away and jammed it into the pregnant woman’s neck. She then cut open Sutton’s stomach to save the unborn child, she told cops.

“She said she wanted to save the baby,” a police source with knowledge of the case said Saturday.

Like other bizarre cases in which women have cut out unborn babies from a pregnant woman’s stomach, it appears Wade was obsessed with babies and wanting a baby — going as far as claiming she was pregnant.

The Facebook page of the unhinged woman’s boyfriend, Angel Praylow, 27, who walked in on the bloody scene, offered a glimpse into Wade’s baby crazy ways.

Praylow had been posting pictures of baby clothes and sonograms on Facebook in recent months and Wade had registered for gifts at Babies “R” Us, claiming a due date of Nov. 16.

The sonograms appear to be lifted from an unrelated blog. “u stole my pic,” Wade even jokes under one image.

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When her family inquired about the big day, Praylow wrote, “. . . today her due day but she not ready to come out yet.”

Police said they have no knowledge that Wade is pregnant or has ever been pregnant. She refused to consent to a medical exam as of early Saturday.

Angelikque Sutton’s family gathered at her home for a vigil Monday and sang “Amazing Grace” in her memory. Her parents were too distraught for words, the newspaper indicates.

Although Wade, if charged and convicted, would be held accountable legally for killing Sutton, she could not be held accountable for any injuries Sutton’s baby, named Grace, may have suffered. New York does not have an unborn victims law like most states that allows prosecutors to bring charges when unborn children are killed or injured in the course of a crime against their mothers.