Feds to execute woman who killed victim, cut baby from womb

The woman convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby will be executed on December 8th at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Lisa Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004.

According to officials to she drove to Stinnett’s house after posing to be interested in adopting a puppy. When she arrived at the home, Montgomery used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant. Montgomery then used a kitchen knife to cute the baby from Stinnett’s womb.

Prosecutors said Montgomery removed the baby from Stinnett’s body, while Stinnett was conscious, and kidnapped the child pretending it was her baby.

Montgomery’s lawyers argued that she had been suffering from delusions when she killed Stinnett, but a jury rejected her defense. Her lawyers had also argued that she was suffering from pseudocyesis, which causes a woman to falsely believe she is pregnant and exhibit outward signs of pregnancy.

Lisa Montgomery will be the first female inmate put to death by the U.S. government in more than six decades, according to the Justice Department.