A woman in the US was charged today with cutting open her pregnant neighbour’s stomach with a razor knife to try and steal her baby, an effort that was thwarted when a passer-by saw what was happening and alerted authorities.
The victim, Valerie Oskin, 30, was taken to a hospital, where an emergency caesarean was performed. Hospital officials said they couldn’t release any information about Oskin or her baby.
Peggy Jo Connor, 38, of Ford City, Pennsylvania, hit Oskin over the head with a baseball bat, state police said.
She then drove Oskin about 15 miles to a secluded, wooded area in Armstrong County, about 50 miles north-east of Pittsburgh, and cut Oskin across her abdomen, Trooper Jonathan Bayer said.
“She was sliced over an old (caesarean) scar and severely bleeding,” Bayer said.
A teenager on an all-terrain vehicle came across the two women in the woods.
“She probably would have bled to death if this young boy had not discovered her when he did,” Bayer said.
Although Conner told the boy that Oskin was fine, he called his father, who notified police.
Conner faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and aggravated assault of an unborn child.