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Woman accused of taking fetus arraigned

July 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Massachusetts woman was ordered held on $2 million bail. She's accused of kidnapping a baby that was cut from its mother's womb. Julie Corey was arrested Wednesday night in New Hampshire. She had been showing off the newborn claiming she'd given birth to the child last week. Julie Corey, 35, of Worcester appeared in a New Hampshire courtroom Thursday. State police say she fled Massachusetts to this homeless shelter in Plymouth, New Hampshire. When they found her last night, they also found the missing baby girl.

"The baby had a ribbon tied around the umbilical cord. This was the baby from the murdered woman," said Lt. Terry Kineen, New Hampshire State Police.

"This is the best case scenario. The baby appears to be healthy," said Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst, Worcester Police Dept.

Worcester police discovered 23-year-old Darlene Haynes wrapped in blankets and stuffed in her bedroom closet on Monday. Haynes was 8 months pregnant. But it wasn't until an autopsy when investigators learned her fetus was ripped from her womb.

Police say Corey was the last person to see Haynes alive Thursday night and on Friday morning Corey told friends she just gave birth to a baby girl.

"Some friends became concerned about how she got home so early after just giving birth. Friends and neighbors claim Corey was pregnant and due any time, but one woman says she became suspicious when she saw Corey at the victim's home the same day Corey alleged she was supposed to give birth," said Sgt. Hazelhurst.

"Her delivery date was here and she said she never had one. She kind of freaked out over that," said Agnes Brady, victim's neighbor.

Family members say Darlene Haynes had planned to name her baby, Sheila Marie.

"This has been one of the most horrific ordeals that our family has ever had to deal with. Trying to understand it has been very very difficult," said Karl Whitney, a family member.

The exact cause of Darlene Haynes death has not yet been determined. Officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, but police say the autopsy indicates that Haynes suffered head injuries. Meanwhile, Julie Corey will be back in court August 30.

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