| Monday, December 20, 2004
| THE FETUS-SNATCHER
|WOMAN SHOWED OFF BABY BEFORE ARREST
She's charged with killing mom, cutting
infant out of womb
MELVERN, Kan-- A woman charge with
killing an expectant mother and cutting the baby from
her womb was showing the child off to people at a cafe
and to her pastor hours befire she was arrested,
residents said Saturday.
Lisa M. Montgomery, 36, was charged with kidnapping
resulting in murder and was expected to appearr in
federal court Monday. The baby, whose mother had been
eight months pregnant, was in good condition.
'YOU READ ABOUT THIS STUFF'
Hours before her arrest, Montgomery and her husband
showed off a newborn girl at a restaurant, said
Kathy Sage, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Many customers were surprised to hear the infant
was only a day old, Sage said. She knew an *Amber
alert had been issued for a baby missing from
Missouri but did not realize the Montgomery's
infant was conncected until hearing from a
"You read about this stuff," she said.
"It blows you away when it's here. This stuff is
supposed to be in New York City or Los Angeles."
Montgomery was arrested later in the death of Robbie
Jo Stinnett,who was found Thursday in a pool of blood
inside her home in Skidmore, Mo.
Monthgomery's husband, Kevin, has not been charged in
Authorities said Monthgomery contacted Stinnett through
an online message board, and investigators zeroed in on her,
using computer forensics.
Montgomery was seeking to buy a dog from Stinnett, who raised
rat terriers. The site included a picture of Stinnett,
showing she was pregnant.
COUPLE VISIT PASTOR
After the couple ate breakast, the two took the baby girl
to visit their pastor. The pastor had not seen the couples
since October, and everyone in the congregation was
expecting Montgomery to give birth around Dec. 12.
Jeff Lanza, and FBI spokeman in Kansas City,Mo., declined
to discuss motives and said the investigation is ongoing.
He would say only that Montgomery was being held in Kansas
and is expected to make her first appearance in Federal court
The baby girl named Victoria Jo, was in good condition
Saturday in intensive care. Several family members,
including her father had been reuntied with her at a
hospital late Friday.
The family was not speaking to reporters, but the child's
father Zeb Stinnett, issued a brief statement calling
the child "a miracle".
"I was to thank family, friends, Amber Alert and law
enforcement officials for their support during this time,"
Monthgomery is the mother of two high school age children
but U.S. Attorney Todd Graves said she had been pregnant with
another child that was never born. It was unclear when or
under what circumstances she lost the baby, but the complaint
said she had lied to her husband about giving birth.
** AMBER ALERT... name given when a child is abducted.
AMBER came from a name of a teenage girl that was kidnapped,
(CHICAGOTRIB/ASSOCIATED PRESS/John Milburn)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 3:20 AM