MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The state continues to make its case in the trial of a Milwaukee woman accused of killing a pregnant mother and yanking out the victim’s unborn son.
Prosecutor Mark Williams said jurors would see a videotape Wednesday in which Annette Morales-Rodriguez explained her plan to steal a pregnant woman’s baby, and pass it off as her own child.
In his opening argument Tuesday, Williams said the 34-year-old Morales-Rodriguez lied to her boyfriend about being pregnant after she had two previous miscarriages. And when the time came to give birth, he said the defendant panicked and went after a pregnant victim -- who turned out to be 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz.
Both she and her full-term unborn son were killed. But Public Defender Debra Patterson said her client did not set out to kill anyone – and therefore, she cannot be found guilty of her intentional homicide charge.
She also asked who would steal another mother’s unborn baby, “without any more training than watching a TV show.”
Prosecutors said Morales-Rodriguez learned how to cut a fetus from its womb while watching a show on The Discovery Channel.