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Murder for a baby

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 1:02pm

Annette Morales-Rodriguez wanted a son with her boyfriend and decided she would stop at nothing, even if it meant the brutal murder of a pregnant woman according to a criminal complaint against her.

Morales-Rodriguez appeared in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin court for the first time Monday.

She kept her head down and didn't say a word.

She faces two murder charges in the gruesome slaying of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and her unborn son, Omar.

The complaint says the nightmare started October 5th.

The suspect wanted to have a son with her boyfriend, but couldn't, so she faked a pregnancy. That meant she had to find a baby.

She drove up and down 13th Street, looking for a pregnant woman, but could not find one.

The next morning, Morales-Rodriguez continued her search and found Ramirez-Cruz, offering her a ride.

Ramirez-Cruz accepted.

The suspect lured her victim to her apartment.

She hit her repeatedly in the head with a baseball bat, strangled her, tied her up with duct tape and cut the baby from his mother's womb.

She dumped the mother's lifeless body in the basement.

When the suspect realized the baby didn't survive, she called 911.

She claimed the baby was still born.

Tests showed she hadn't given birth recently, and the baby wasn't born naturally.

Police arrested Morales-Rodriguez and she told them what she did.

She faces life in prison on each count and is due in court on October 19th.

A judge set her bail at $1 million.

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