Womb Raiders - Cases of Fetal Abduction

A Deporable Crime Against Pregnant Women and Their Unborn Babies

Here you will find documented cases of fetal abduction, also referred to as fetus theft, Cesarean kidnappings and baby snatching. The criminals that commit the abductions are called womb raiders.

Fetus theft is a relatively new category of crime in the U.S., although the first documented case occurred in 1974. The next case was reported 13 years later, in 1987 followed by one reported case in 1995. After 1995 the time between the abductions shortened at an alarming rate and the number of incidents gradually increased.

1996 (1), 1998 (1), 2000 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2006 (1), 2008 (2), 2009 (2), 2011 (3), 2015 (1)

Without much data to compare, there is no definitive way to profile womb raiders, however there are a few interesting patterns that criminologists are beginning to spot.

In all of the cases, the womb raiders were women who were obsessed with having a baby. Most of them methodically planned and executed their attack alone. Almost all of them told their partners and families that they were pregnant. Most of them decided to abduct a fetus because they believed it would salvage their relationship in some way with their partner.

Prior to abducting the fetus, almost all the women made an effort to validate their claim of being pregnant. Most all of them wore maternity clothing; obtained fake sonograms off the internet; purchased baby clothing; attended baby showers; informed family and friends that their due dates had been extended; and prepared a kit with items that they would need to commit the crime.

Researchers who are working to define patterns among this small group of deadly criminals are hoping to find answers to questions such as, why are the numbers rising now? Why did these women commit this crime?

Maybe part of the answers lay hidden within the their profiles below.

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Cindy Ray
Cindy Ray. Victim Cindy Ray, Family Photo

Cindy Ray was eight months pregnant when she was abducted and murdered by an obsessed woman who needed a baby at whatever the cost.

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The Laura Lugo Case

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  • In 1992 in Brownsville, Texas, Laura Lugo was pregnant and befriended by two sisters Rosa and Paulyna Botello who took her shopping and even offered to pay for her to see a baby doctor in Mexico. But what she didn't know was that the sisters had a plan to get Laura's baby, with ot without her consent.

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Debra and Samantha Evans
Debra and Samantha Evans. Victims Debra and Samantha Evans, Family Photo

A young single mother's efforts to improve her life seemed to be working until she made the decision to open her door to her ex-boyfriend. The decision proved to be deadly, not only to her, but to her children.

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Handgun
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Carethia Curry, 17 and pregnant, had no reason to suspect that her new friend, who was also pregnant, had devised a cold-blooded plan to kill her and steal her unborn child from her womb.

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Michelle Bica
Suspected of Caesarean Kidnapping. Suspect Michelle Bica, Police Photo
In September 2000, Jon and Theresa Andrews were busy getting ready to enter into parenthood. The young couple were childhood sweethearts and had been married for four years when they decided to begin building a family. Who would know that a chance meeting with another pregnant woman, while in the baby department of a store, would result in murder, kidnapping and suicide.

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Bobbie Jo Stinnett
Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Victim Bobbie Jo Stinnett, Family Photo

On December 16, 2004 the body of eight-months pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett was found at her Skidmore, Missouri home by her mother. Her unborn baby had been cut from her womb. Believing that the female fetus had survived the attack, authorities issued an Amber Alert for the baby girl.

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The Trials of Tiffany Hall

Jimella Tunstall
Jimella Tunstall. Victim Jimella Tunstall, Family Photo
On Sept. 15, 2006, police found the body of 23-year-old Jimella Tunstall wrapped in a shower curtain in a vacant lot in Belleville, Illinois. An autopsy revealed that her unborn child had been cut from her womb with a pair of scissors. Arrested and charged in the case was Tiffany Hall, 24, a lifelong friend of Tunstall's who regularly baby-sat her children.

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The Murder of Araceli Camacho Gomez

Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong
Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong. Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong - Personal Photo
Araceli Camacho Gomez, 27, from Pasco, Washington, was the mother of two children and just two weeks away from giving birth to her son when she met Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong at a bus stop. That chance meeting and a promise of free baby clothes cost the young pregnant mother her life.