Woman Accused Of Killing Woman To Steal Her Unborn Baby Goes On Trial

Woman Accused Of Killing Woman To Steal Her Unborn Baby Goes On Trial

A Texas woman who allegedly killed another woman in order to steal that woman’s unborn baby went on trial Monday in a case that’s eerily familiar.

Taylor Rene Parker, 29, allegedly killed Regan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, and her unborn daughter in New Boston on October 9, 2020. Parker has pleaded not guilty to capital murder and kidnapping, ABC News reported.

“How did we get here?” Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp asked the jury on Monday. “How did it get this far? She is an actress, an actress of the highest order. The lies and fraud go on and on; the layers of fraud are staggering. You are going to have to understand the fraud to understand what happened on Oct. 9. This started months and months ahead of time until it passed the point of no return, and it ended up in homicide.”

Crisp was referring to allegations that Parker pretended to be pregnant for nearly 10 months, wearing a disguise to make her belly look bigger and providing her boyfriend with fake ultrasounds. She also allegedly held a gender-reveal party and made numerous posts on social media about her supposed pregnancy. She did all this, Crisp reportedly said, while looking for an actual pregnant woman whose baby she could steal.

Parker allegedly found Simmons-Hancock and stabbed and cut her more than 100 times. She also allegedly crushed her skull with a hammer and used a scalpel to remove Simmons-Hancock’s unborn baby.

Parker allegedly left as Simmons-Hancock lay dying in her home with her other daughter, who was just three years old. Parker allegedly took the baby she cut out of Simmons-Hancock’s womb, who was still alive, and drove away. She was later pulled over by police, who sent the baby to a nearby hospital, where the child later died.

Witnesses said at trial that Parker couldn’t conceive due to a hysterectomy and had offered $100,000 for a surrogate. She allegedly told her boyfriend that she was inducing labor the day she killed Simmons-Hancock.

Parker faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder.

Parker’s case is eerily similar to that of Lisa Montgomery, who was executed in January 2021 after she was convicted of killing Bobbie Joe Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant at the time of her death. Like Parker, Montgomery told friends and family that she was pregnant, even though she had been previously sterilized. After killing Stinnett, Montgomery cut out her unborn baby and drove away with the infant.

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