Amber Alert Out for Fetus Cut From Womb

Amber Alert Out for Fetus Cut From Womb (AP)

An eight-months-pregnant woman was slain in her home, and her fetus was then cut from her womb, authorities said. Believing the infant survived, they issued an Amber Alert early Friday.

Bobbi Jo Stinnett’s mother found her body Thursday afternoon. The 23-year-old woman had apparently been strangled. Authorities issued an alert hours later for the infant, a girl. “The doctors who examined Bobbi Jo gave us information indicating we probably would have a live child if we could find it,” Nodaway County Sheriff Ben Espey said Friday. “The child would be in danger because of being one month premature.” “Someone was wanting a baby awful bad,” he had said earlier.

There were no visible signs of struggle and no indication of forced entry into Stinnett’s home in this small community of 500 in the northwest corner of Missouri, the sheriff said. “We know she was alive in the afternoon, within an hour of being found,” Espey said.


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