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Woman found guilty in womb-cutting death convicted, handed life sentence

 A judges gavel rests on top of a desk (file photo)
A judges gavel rests on top of a desk (file photo)
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A woman found guilty in a womb-cutting death from 2009 was given a life sentence Tuesday by a Massachusetts court. Julie Corey was convicted for killing a friend by illegally removing a fetus from the dead woman's womb and later claiming it as her own child, according to a Feb. 18 Fox News report.

The Mass. woman (pictured here) was found guilty by a jury of her peers on charges of first degree murder in the Worcester County murder. The sentence handed to her carries life in prison without the possibility of parole on the baby theft charge and capital murder.

The backstory goes that Corey, who lost her baby to a miscarriage, got into an altercation with 23-year-old Darlene Haynes -- 8-months pregnant at the time -- and killed her during the struggle. Police found Haynes' lifeless body in her apartment and determined that the woman was pregnant at the time of the murder. However, the fetus was missing from her womb and appeared to have been forcibly removed in a crude manner.

Days later, Corey and her boyfriend at the time were located in Plymouth, NH at a homeless shelter. They had an infant baby in their possession. Sources say her companion was led to believe he was a new father.

Corey's defense attorney argued to the court that police were negligent in their investigation and failed or refused to follow up on leads of other possible suspects, including Haynes' ex-boyfriend.

The convicted woman's boyfriend was determined to not be involved in the slaying. Apparently, he was duped into believing his girlfriend's water had broken, she was rushed to a hospital, and later delivered a baby boy.

Some say the woman killed her friend accidentally, and in desperation, covered it up by passing the baby as her own. Others say Corey was overcome with postpartum depression after her miscarriage.

Nonetheless, the jury sided with the prosecution and the woman was found guilty for cutting the baby from the woman's womb and her murder.

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