Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

3 Murder Suspects Held without Bond 1 Faked Pregnancy to Claim Baby, Prosecutors Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

3 Murder Suspects Held without Bond 1 Faked Pregnancy to Claim Baby, Prosecutors Say

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Jacqueline Williams told friends that she was going to have a baby - even though she was not pregnant.

Police said this desire led Williams, her boyfriend and another man on Thursday night to murder a woman, wslice open her belly with scissors and pluck out a healthy infant. The woman, Deborah Evans, 28, had been due to give birth by induced delivery Monday. The acts took place in Addison, a northwestern suburb of Chicago.

Two of Evans' three children also were killed. Hours later, Williams' boyfriend told a relative that Williams had given birth to a son. Prosecutors said Williams, the mother of three children, had been pretending she was pregnant so she could claim the newborn as her own.

Joe Birkett, chief of criminal prosecution for the DuPage County state's attorney, said, "You could not give a horror writer a better script. This puts `Natural Born Killers' to shame in terms of violence."

On Monday, a judge ordered the three suspects held without bond on charges of murder and aggravated kidnapping.

A disheveled Williams, 28, said in court Monday, "I'd just like to know why I'm being charged." Her boyfriend, Fedell Caffey, 22, and the third suspect, Levern Ward, 24, of Wheaton, Ill., also were being held in the DuPage County Jail.

They are accused of fatally stabbing DEvans and killing her daughter, Samantha, 10, and son, Joshua, 8. Another son, 17-month-old Jordan, previously reported to be 19 months old, was found unharmed early Friday in Evans' apartment; authorities say Ward is his father. The newborn baby, named Elijah as his mother had intended, was said to be doing well at a hospital. `Hatched A Plot'

Birkett said, "They hatched a plot to take this baby." After Evans invited the three into her apartment Thursday night, authorities say, Caffey shot her, and then joined Ward in stabbing her before the two men went to a bedroom and fatally stabbed Samantha.

Then Caffey cut open Evans' body, and Williams extracted and resuscitated the baby; relatives said she has some training in nursing. …

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