A recent theme on this blog, unfortunately, has been mothers killing their helpless children. There was the Frenchwoman who murdered and froze her babies, and the American woman who decapitated, skinned and ate part of her child.
Personally, I don’t very much enjoy writing about this sort of thing. It’s heartwrenching to read and even worse to imagine. But this story isn’t about a mother who killed her own child, rather about a family fooled into thinking a baby was really theirs. Murder, sadly, is involved.
Julie Corey, 35, allegedly fooled her boyfriend, Alex Dion, 27, and his family into believing she gave birth to a child she stole. The kidnapped child, who was eight months developed, was cut from her dead mother’s womb. The mother, Darlene Haynes, 23, was found brutally slain in a hotel room in Massachusetts last year. Police had been searching for the missing fetus until now.
“It’s killing me. I’ve got a hole in my heart,” said Cindy Dion, Alex’s mother, after finding out the baby is not her granddaughter.
According to The Associated Press, Corey was definitely a poor liar. She duped her boyfriend and his parents into thinking she was pregnant, four months along one month, eight months the next. The family quickly got suspicious, but the arrival of a new baby girl pushed those suspicions to the back of their collective minds.
According to police, Corey took Haynes’ baby and went to a homeless shelter in New Hampshire. The infant was later found alive and well in a N.H. hospital, and will be released into state custody while family custody battles are settled.
Police arrested Corey and Alex Dion in Plymouth, N.H. after their friends reported the couple introduced their new “daughter,” even though no one knew Corey had been pregnant. Dion was later released, according to ABC News.
It gets worse. Public records show Dion and Corey lived at 94 Southgate Dr. in Worcester, Mass., the same building where Haynes’ mutilated body was found wrapped in a sheet and stuffed in a closet, her womb missing a baby girl. Haynes was a mother to three other children, aged five, three and 18 months.
Corey is being held on $2 million bail for the suspected kidnapping of Haynes’ child. No one has yet been charged for Haynes’ brutal murder, though members of Haynes’ family believe Corey killed Haynes, with the help of someone else.