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Sa Woman 'steals' Baby From Pregnant Woman. . . by muyoto: 10:30pm On Jan 27, 2012
A baby has incredibly survived being sliced from her mother's womb during a brutal attempt to steal the unborn child in South Africa.

Police initially thought victim Valencia Behrens, 34, had bled to death after giving birth when they found her blood-soaked body.

But they could not find her newborn baby at the scene allegedly in neighbour Loretta Cooke's house.

Gruesome: Police are investigating the horrific events surrounding the discovery of Valencia Behrens' blood-soaked body Randfontein, near Johannesburg

Local medical staff alerted police when Cooke, 29, from Randfontein, in west Johannesburg, brought the child in for a check-up at a clinic.

The baby has suffered a slash to her head.

Cooke was arrested and remanded in custody while state prosecutors investigate the gory case.

Police spokesman Appel Ernest said a postmortem revealed the horrific nature of the crime.

She said: 'We received an emergency call from one of the neighbours that a baby had been born in a house.

'We found a lady lying in a pool of blood. During the investigation we found out she had been cut open. Her baby was removed. We were told she had bled out during childbirth, but we couldn’t find the baby.'


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Initial investigations soon led to the arrest of Cooke, who appeared yesterday in the Randfontein Magistrates Court, where bail was denied.

The child's father Joseph Pieterse told reporters of his devastation at his girlfriend's murder and relief that his fifth child - named Maxine Mercy Pieterse - had survived the horrific ordeal.

He said: 'At least she is fine and healthy.'

Mr Pieterse added: 'She is doing well. Her scar is healing nicely. Maybe later she will come home to us.'

Baby Maxine was being treated in hospital after sustaining knife wounds to her head.

The case has been postponed to February 7.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2090630/South-African-woman-stole-baby-cutting-mothers-womb.html#ixzz1khFJFVqT
Re: Sa Woman 'steals' Baby From Pregnant Woman. . . by muyoto: 10:32pm On Jan 27, 2012
the sheer barbaric nature of it. . . sad
Re: Sa Woman 'steals' Baby From Pregnant Woman. . . by muyoto: 10:35pm On Jan 27, 2012
another account says the lady had pretended to be pregnant before carrying out the gruesome act:

The stomach of a 34-year-old woman was cut open with a sharp object and her baby taken out. The suspect was later arrested when she showed up at a clinic with a newborn baby with a cut on its head,” police spokeswoman Appel Ernst told reporters.

Ms Ernest went on to say that the baby had been retrieved and was doing well in hospital, but the mother had not survived the attack.

It has been reported that neighbours of Ms Cooke said she pretended to be pregnant for months before attacking the expectant mother, and she even threw herself a baby shower a week before she cut the child from the deceased’s womb.

Ms Cooke is expected to make a bail application on February 7th

Re: Sa Woman 'steals' Baby From Pregnant Woman. . . by Lasinoh: 12:51am On Jan 28, 2012
More on the 'fruit of the womb and blokos' madness.
Twa!!! cry
Na only 'born again' Christians fit do this kain tin.
Desperate Reeetards! cry
Re: Sa Woman 'steals' Baby From Pregnant Woman. . . by doofanc: 1:14pm On Jan 28, 2012
These South Africans and their predisposition for such unimaginably horrific crimes. R.ape of 6 moth old babies and 90 year old women. . .and now this. Sad.

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