By: Kyle James | 02-03-2018 | News
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North Dakota Woman Cut Unborn Child From Her Neighbor's Womb

A woman in North Dakota was sentenced Friday after previously admitting to killing her pregnant neighbor by cutting the woman's child from her womb.

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38-year-old Brooke Crews was handed a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the heinous act of cutting open Savanna Greywind, a 22-year-old from Fargo. Prosecutors say Greywind faded in and out of consciousness as Crews cut open her belly in August.

The father of the baby, Ashton Matheny, told the court when he found out how his girlfriend died it "tore me apart." The victim's mother expressed satisfaction with the sentence which was the toughest the law allowed.

Prosecutors painted a picture of the grisly murder saying Greywind was pushed and knocked out briefly before Crews began cutting her. She eventually woke up and fainted again before bleeding to death, Crews made no effort to save her at all.

East Central District Judge Frank Racek said the "predatory and cruel" nature crime helped him decide on the maximum sentence. Crews told the victim's family at her sentencing, "There is no excuse. There is no rationalization. There is nothing."

Crews cried when she read an apology letter but later sat emotionless as the judge gave her his sentence. Her boyfriend, William Hoehn, also faces trial but he has pleaded not guilty.

Crews lawyer got up and spoke on her behalf saying she pleaded guilty without any promise of leniency, "Acceptance of responsibility is important. It has to mean something."

Hoehn told police that he came home on August 19 to find Crews cleaning up blood in their bathroom. Hoehm said Crews presented him with an infant girl and said, "This is our baby. This is our family."

Instead of reporting anything, Hoehn helped his girlfriend dispose of garbage bags full of blood-soaked towels and bloody shoes.

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