Woman Who Stabbed Pregnant Mom 100 Times to Steal Her Unborn Baby Found Guilty of Murder

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 13, 2022   |   6:24PM   |   Washington, DC

A Texas woman was convicted this month of a brutal murder in which she stabbed a pregnant woman 100 times and cut the woman’s unborn baby from her womb with a scalpel.

On Wednesday, a jury considered whether to sentence Taylor Rene Parker, 29, to life in prison or the death penalty for the deaths of Reagan Simmons-Hancock, 21, and her infant daughter, BraxlynKSLA News 12 reports.

Parker was found guilty of capital murder earlier this month, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. However, her lawyers said she is mentally ill and should receive life in prison, according to the AP.

On Oct. 9, 2020, Parker stabbed Simmons-Hancock approximately 100 times and used a scalpel to cut her baby girl out of her womb at the victims’ home in New Boston, Texas. Then, Parker kidnapped baby Braxlyn to claim the child as her own; however, the baby girl also died.

Authorities said Parker faked being pregnant and told her boyfriend that she was going to be induced on the day when she murdered Simmons-Hancock.

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KSLA reports more from the sentencing hearing Wednesday:

Prosecutors described Parker as a con, an actress and a fraud — with the goal of achieving fame by having her story turned into a Netflix or Lifetime movie.

Prosecutors state Parker asked jail officials to stay up late to watch herself on local news.

Several witnesses testified about Parker’s habit of lying, including former coworkers who said Parker had lied to them about having cancer, being pregnant and her sister committing suicide, according to the report.

During the trial in September, Bowie County Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp said Parker pretended to be pregnant for her boyfriend and family, even faking ultrasounds and hosting a gender reveal party. Crisp pointed to evidence that Parker tried to find a surrogate mother and had offered to pay up to $100,000 for the service, but had been unsuccessful, Fox News reports.

On Oct. 9, she traveled to Simmons-Hancock’s home in New Boston and stabbed her to death, cutting her unborn daughter out of her womb, authorities said. Then, Parker kidnapped the baby girl, leaving Simmons-Hancock dying in her home with her 3-year-old daughter, according to the report.

While Parker was driving, police said they stopped her and discovered the baby girl. Police said they transported the infant to an Oklahoma hospital where she later died. It is not clear from reports if she was born prematurely.

The brutal crime is reminiscent of a similar attack on a pregnant Colorado woman. In 2016, Dynel Catrece Lane was sentenced to 100 years in prison for attacking seven-months pregnant Michelle Wilkins and cutting her unborn baby out of her womb. Wilkins survived the attack, but her daughter did not. However, Lane did not face charges for killing Wilkins’ baby girl because of Colorado’s pro-abortion laws.

Unborn victims of violence, or fetal homicide, laws are on the books in 37 states; they recognize the unlawful killing of an unborn baby as homicide in at least some circumstances. However, New York and Illinois repealed their laws as part of larger pro-abortion legislation in 2019.

Homicide is one of the top causes of death among pregnant women, according to a 2021 study in the journal “Obstetrics & Gynecology.”