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Woman convicted of killing pregnant friend, cutting her stomach and stealing her fetus

Darlene Haynes - Julie Corey

A woman in Worcester, Mass. has been convicted in the murder of her 23-year-old pregnant friend. According to NY Daily News, Julie Corey, 39, was suffering from emotional distress after having a miscarriage three months earlier.

Corey visited Darlene Haynes who was eight months pregnant in July of 2009. Corey beat Haynes, strangled her to death with an extension cord and cut her abdomen. Days later, Corey told her boyfriend, who believed she was pregnant, that she had just given birth to a baby.

Corey introduced the newborn baby to her family and friends. Authorities eventually found Haynes dead in her closet with her stomach cut open. Corey and her boyfriend had the baby when she was arrested days later.

She will be sentenced for the crime this week. The child is currently in the custody of her biological father.

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