NEW BOSTON, TEXAS: A 27-year-old man was captured by police after he reportedly killed a pregnant woman by cutting her unborn baby out of her womb.
Taylor Rene Parker is facing charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping after the death of Reagen Hancock a week ago, according to reports.
Police were called about the incident a little after 10 am Friday on Austin Street, New Boston.
Hancock was almost 9 months pregnant, expecting a baby girl next month, said her mother, Jessica, who wanted to be referred by her first name only.
The birth was due November 10, even though she “started seeing signs that she was so close to having her,” Jessica told Fox News.
Reagan Hancock already had one 3-year-old daughter named Kynlee.
Authorities said an investigation found that the unborn baby had been cut out from her body. Hancock’s mother found her dead in the house.
“We just want our beautiful baby remembered and known for the amazing person she was and for people to see she did not deserve this,” Jessica said.
Earlier this summer, the proud mother announced on social media she was expecting a “sweet baby girl” which she named Braxlynn Sage.
A PayPal fundraiser said,
“Reagan Hancock and her unborn baby were selfishly killed by someone Reagan considered a friend.”
According to a report by the Daily Mail, Parker ran off with the child and his vehicle was stopped on the side of the road in De Kalb, Texas, where she told officers the mother had just given birth.
He and the baby were then escorted to McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma where the baby drew its last breath. After the mother was found, Parker was arrested.
Texas Rangers are currently investigating the case, according to New Boston police.
The whole town stands in support of the family.
The two fundraisers that were set up have raised more than $20,000 in total in just a few days after her passing, according to Sarah Whitehead, who set up one of them with the help of her husband, Justin.
Whitehead said that Homer, Reagan’s husband, played a crucial part in their small lawn business.
“Our community is a small town but at the end of the day we are all one community,” she said. “Reagan and the baby, Kynlee, and Homer and the rest of the family will now be taken care of by everyone here.”
The three of them have “become part of everyone’s family now,” she added.
On top of Whitehead’s fundraiser which drew in over $12,000, the second fundraiser started by Janet Harland Ross and Allen Martin has since amassed over $13,000.
“Thank you all so much for showing that there is still good in the world,” Jessica said.
She added that she is deeply moved by the way people have “come together to love, pray for, and support” the victim’s family.
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