posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 08:21 AM
The pregnant woman was covered with blood, and Steve Hensley, the police chief in Fort Mitchell, Ky., could scarcely believe her tale.
Sarah Brady, 26, said she had been lured to an apartment in Fort Mitchell that was outfitted with surgical tools and a nursery. There, a woman who had
promised to hand over a mis-addressed baby present attacked Brady in an attempt to extract her unborn child by Caesarean section.
Instead, Brady, who was nine months pregnant, fought back and fatally stabbed her assailant, unemployed nanny Katie Smith, 22. Police say Smith had
fooled her family into thinking she was pregnant by wearing padded maternity clothes and had planned to steal Brady's fetus — and presumably kill
Brady — as the final act in a gruesome ruse.
The incident came two months after a similar attack in Missouri in which the mother was killed and her baby survived. Such attacks on pregnant women
are rare, but they have become increasingly common across the nation in recent years: The attack on Brady was the third such assault on an expectant
mother since December 2003 and the ninth since 1987, according to statistics compiled by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in
Caesarean kidnappings represent a small fraction of the 232 infant abductions by non-family members since 1983, according to the center. But such
kidnappings — along with those of infants from public places such as shopping malls — have increased as thefts of newborns from hospitals have
declined, says Cathy Nahirny, a supervisor at the center.
Previous kidnappings by Caesarean have occurred in Oklahoma in 2003, Ohio in 2000, California in 1998, Alabama in 1996, Illinois in 1995, Texas in
1992 and New Mexico in 1987.