October 10, 2011

Annette Morales-Rodriguez - Charged With Using Exacto Knife To Carve Baby Out Of Woman's Womb

(left) Annette Morales-Rodriguez, (right) Maritza Ramirez-Cruz with her family

Milwakee, Wisconsin (The Weekly Vice) - Annette Morales-Rodriguez, a 33-year-old Wisconsin woman, was charged with murder Monday after she allegedly used an Exacto knife to cut a male fetus out of his mother's womb.

According to police, Morales-Rodriguez told detectives that her boyfriend wanted a baby boy, however she was unable to conceive a child. Her solution to this problem was both desperate and horrific.

Investigators say Morales-Rodriguez hunted for a pregnant woman who was alone and seemed far enough along in her pregnancy to provide a viable child. She later told police that she searched for about two weeks before driving by a non-profit organization that provides health care services to Hispanic families. It was there she found the victim, 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz.

Morales-Rodriguez was able to coax Ramirez-Cruz into her car by offering the woman a ride home.

During the ride home, Morales-Rodriguez told the victim that she needed to stop by her home to change shoes. Once there, Morales-Rodriguez invited the victim into her home to use the restroom. Ramirez-Cruz accepted that invitation as well.

When Ramirez-Cruz stepped out of the bathroom, Morales-Rodriguez was waiting with a baseball bat. She then clubbed the pregnant victim over the head, strangled her until she passed out and then used an Exacto knife to cut the fetus out of his mother's womb.

She then smeared Ramirez-Cruz' blood on her own thighs to make it appear as though she had just given birth, however, there was a problem. The child was not breathing.

Morales-Rodriguez called 911 on Thursday, claiming that she had just given birth to a child while taking a shower and that the child was unresponsive. Emergency responders and determined the child to be deceased.

Morales-Rodriguez was taken to the hospital while the deceased baby was taken to the medical examiner's office.

The medical examiner's report stated that the child had been removed from a person's womb by force, pointing out that the mother's uterus and parts of her ovaries were still attached to the baby.

Police then took Morales-Rodriguez in for a medical evaluation to evaluate whether she had recently given birth. While at the hospital, Morales-Rodriguez entered a restroom and then scraped the inside tissue of her vagina until she bled. Doctors determined that Morales-Rodriguez had not recently given birth despite her attempts to make it look as though she had.

Faced with the medical examiner's reports, Morales-Rodriguez reportedly confessed to the crime and provided details about how the murders took place. She told police that she had attempted to perform a Cesarean section on the victim, just like she had seen once on the Discovery Channel.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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