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Mass. woman convicted in baby ‘cut-from-womb’ murder

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In 2009, 35-year-old Julie Corey of Worcester, Mass. suffered a miscarriage. Three months following her miscarriage, Corey beat, strangled and murdered her eight month pregnant friend, 23-year-old Darlene Haynes, and cut Haynes’ baby from her womb. Corey proceeded to pass the baby off as her own newborn daughter.

Two days following that horrific murder, Corey and her boyfriend were arrested at a homeless shelter in Plymouth, N.H. Also found along with Corey was the 4½ pound baby girl who was deemed to be in good health.

On Feb. 12, according to ABC News, Corey was found guilty in Worcester Superior Court of Haynes’ murder.

The jury for Corey’s trial deliberated for two days before rendering their verdict of guilty.

"It's probably the most horrific case this office has ever seen in terms of facts," District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement after the verdict was handed down.

"This woman was killed for her baby."

Haynes' body was discovered in a closet in her apartment on July 27, 2009.

She had been beaten in the head and strangled with an electrical cord. Her abdomen had been cut open, and her baby was gone.

Corey’s boyfriend at the time, Alex Dion, testified that he believed the baby was truly his and Corey’s. Dion also claimed to have had no part in Haynes’ murder.

A couple of hours later, Corey called him again and said, "We had a baby," Dion testified. Dion said Corey arrived home the next morning with a baby girl he believed was his daughter. He said he and Corey introduced the baby to family and friends over the next couple of days.

The baby girl cut from Haynes' womb is now four-years-old and lives with her biological father.

Corey, who did not take the stand during her murder trial, will be back in court on Feb. 18 for sentencing.

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