You’ve heard about stories of fetal abduction: a woman murders another woman in order to retrieve abduct the fetus in her womb. Nasty. Sometimes the woman is forced to have a premature cesarean section that she usually doesn’t survive. Usually the mother is dead before this procedure. This blog profiles the type of woman who commits fetal abduction and details two cases.
Profile of a Womb Raider
The female abductor is a narcissist. She is usually sterile or is having difficulty getting pregnant. She often fantasizes about being pregnancy and fakes it by wearing padding beneath her clothing that make her appear as though she is pregnant. She is so obsessed with the idea of giving birth, rather than merely having an infant, that this is why she fakes pregnancy and abducts a fetus, rather than simply abducting an infant that is already born. Another reason the female abductor kidnaps a fetus is to bond more closely with her spouse or partner. For instance, a woman’s boyfriend or spouse may wish to have a child but she cannot give him one.
The attacker is always a woman, and is typically between the ages of 19 and 40. Often, she already has children of her own from previous relationships, but is no longer capable of giving birth. She doesn’t have a violent background, though several offenders have had criminal records involving deception and theft. The two pressing factors then are the fantasy of being pregnant and an attempt to form or strengthen a bond with her partner. The female abductor wants to bond with the infant during its first moments, so she performs a premature C-section, rather than stealing a living infant. Instead of having her own child, the female abductor lives in a fantasy world of being pregnant and cannot seem to overcome it.
Most of these women’s acts are very predictable. The female fetal abductor is usually highly manipulative – she is a compulsive liar and a con artist. The women often research how to perform a DIY cesarean section and even obtain surgical tools. Their victims are also carefully chosen. Most of these abductors are eventually diagnosed with multiple personality disorders, (if you believe in this condition), but they are still found rational enough to plan this premeditated crime.
The murder itself is “the crisis point” in the offender’s ruse. She has reached her faux full-term and she has to produce a child. This final act is one of desperation, a last attempt to turn the ongoing delusion into reality. Yet these prenatal predators never think the whole plan through. In every case, the masquerade crumbles within hours of the mother’s murder when the has to deal with a dead woman and a brand new infant. Usually the killer doesn’t don’t know what to do.
The crime is increasing but it is still very rare. There have been nine fetus abductions or attempted abductions since 1987. That compares with 251 infant abductions between 1983 and September 2007.” The numbers have gradually been increasing since then.
Case Study 1 – Darcy Pierce
The first recorded fetal abduction happened in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cindy Ray was eight months pregnant when she was kidnapped at Kirtland Air Force Base outside a prenatal clinic. Darcy Pierce was nineteen years old when she strangled the pregnant woman to death. She used her car keys (ugh) to open Ray’s womb, snatching the unharmed fetus, Millie. Millie survived. Eventually Pierce was sentenced to 30 years to life for her crime. Pierce would be described by criminologists as a “disorganized killer,” meaning the act was spontaneous; not pre-planned and poorly organized. She didn’t bring a utensil such as scissors to remove the fetus. The use of car keys was highly unusual. Pierce killed Ray in broad daylight and left her body in the woods where she had killed her, without making an attempt to conceal it. She was discovered when she attended a local hospital to obtain a birth certificate for the baby and the doctor couldn’t find signs of childbirth.
Saldana seemed like a nice enough lady when she met Margarita Flores, who was eight months pregnant. Saldana seemed especially concerned about her baby, suggesting foods she should eat, and foods she should avoid. Saldana also told Flores she had free baby furniture and a year’s supply of diapers to give Flores. They simply had to visit a warehouse to collect the generous gifts.
Once they arrived, Saldana stabbed Flores to death, then tried unsuccessfully to remove her fetus from her womb. The baby died in the process. Saldana tried to tel authorities that she had given birth to a stillborn child in her car. Of course, there was nothing to suggest that a birth had taken place in Saldana’s car, nor did she look as though she had recently been pregnant.
After her arrest and conviction, Saldana committed suicide in her one-person jail cell, saying the humiliation was too much to stand. Saldana hanged herself with a sheet and left two messages written in lipstick on her cell wall: “Fresno, may God forgive you” and “babies, I am not a murderer. I love you.”
These women are not merely women who are desperate to have babies. They are psychopaths with no conscience and no ability to see beyond their own needs. They are women who risk even the lives of the infants they wish to abduct for their own personal gain with absolutely no regret when the infants they abduct die in the process. The suicide is little more than self-pity. It is not a sign of remorse.