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Pregnant woman jailed for killing boyfriend because he didn't buy her a gift

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According to the Huffington Post on Monday, a pregnant Illinois woman stabbed her boyfriend to death for not buying her a gift at the mall. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Chicago resident Miata Phelan killed her boyfriend, 28-year-old Larry Martin, after the two got in an altercation about a gift.

Officials say Phelan was allegedly upset because her birthday was the next day, but instead of purchasing a gift for her, Martin purchased gifts for his 8-year-old son and 25-year-old male cousin at a shopping mall. Phelan, who is seven month pregnant, began arguing with Martin during the car ride to their residence. Phelan allegedly kicked and scratched Martin and accused him of being selfish.

When Martin stopped the car to run a quick errand, Phelan allegedly drove off without the others, leaving the two men and little boy to walk home the rest of the way. By the time they arrived home, they discovered Phelan had locked them out of the house.

Asst. State's Attorney Glen Runk said when they were finally able to get inside the residence, Phelan stabbed Martin in his side with a knife in front of his son and cousin. The cousin attempted to put pressure on the wound, but Martin collapsed when he got outside to the sidewalk. While Martin was bleeding out, Runk said his pregnant girlfriend stood over him and said, "This is what you get for messing with me. I hope you die." Martin did die a short time later at the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.despite efforts to save him. It was reported that Martin's son said, “His last words was to me. He said, ‘I’m gonna die, but I love you.’"

The New York Daily News reports that the pregnant woman has been charged with first-degree murder of the father of her child that occurred on April 30. She is being held on $1 million bail set by Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil.

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