Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Woman Charged with Killing Acquaintance to Steal Child

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Woman Charged with Killing Acquaintance to Steal Child

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Kimmi Lynn Hardy's own husband apparently believed she was pregnant. Neighbors, though, thought she looked too skinny.

The neighbors were right.

Hardy, 36, was charged with murder Monday, accused of luring an acquaintance, Theresa Lynn Lund, to her home, shooting her to death and then claiming Lund's 6-week-old baby as her own. She even threw a baby shower for herself. Tammie Korschgen, a mother of four who lives across the street, said: "I knew she was supposed to be pregnant. But I saw her out in the yard - this was in July - in shorts and a halter top, and she didn't look pregnant to me." After the baby shower, an anonymous caller told police about a newborn who was too big for his age. Police found the child at the Hardy home Sept. 18. Hardy said she bought the baby from someone out of state for $3,000, but footprint records showed the boy was Paul Lund, born July 16. He is now in foster care. Hardy was jailed Sept. 19. Bail was initially set at $250,000, then raised this week to $2 million. …

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