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Nurse in Texas baby snatching had miscarried

April 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities say a miscarriage may have driven a Texas nurse to snatch a newborn and shoot his mom to death.

Vera McClain, 30, is a registered nurse and mother of three children who apparently wanted to adopt a fourth. But instead of going through any legal process, police say McClain came to a pediatrician's office near Houston and snatched a three-day-old from another mother's arms.

"I saw a lady fall down here in the parking lot. I saw another lady get out," said witness Tia Collins.

Police called it the kind of attack you only expect to see on TV. Authorities say McClain signed an affidavit confessing that she kidnapped Keegan and shot his mom, 28-year-old Kala Golden, who was leaving a checkup with her son when she was gunned down outside a pediatric clinic near Houston.

McClain allegedly repeatedly shot Golden, took the baby and then drove away, according to witness accounts. The dying woman leaned into the vehicle and tried to take her baby back, but her attacker sped away.

The newborn baby was found unharmed Tuesday night at an apartment building nearby and has been reunited with his family.

McClain has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bond. It's possible another person who helped in the kidnapping could face the same charge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.