A Texas woman told her boyfriend and others that she was pregnant and about to preregister for a labor to be induced. Then she killed another woman and took a baby out her womb.
Taylor Parker was sentenced to death by a Bowie County jury on Nov. 9 after being found guilty of the murder of Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, according to KSLA. According to statistics from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Parker became the seventh woman on Texas' death row.
“We are just glad justice has been served, not only for our family, our friends, the prosecution team, our community,” Jessica Brooks, Hancock’s mother said, according to KSLA.
According to CNN, a probable cause affidavit states that Parker had told her boyfriend and others that she was pregnant. She hosted a gender reveal party and, on Oct. 9, she told people she was heading to a hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma to preregister for labor to be induced.
According to CNN, later that day New Boston police received a 911 call from a woman who said someone had killed her daughter. Officers then found Simmons-Hancock, who was 34 weeks pregnant, with a large cut to her stomach and her baby missing from the womb.
Texas state troopers later stopped a vehicle in which Parker was inside holding a baby in her lap and "“the umbilical cord was connected to the infant, which appeared to be coming out of the female’s pants, as if she gave birth to the child,” the affidavit said, according to CNN.
Police took Parker and the baby, which later died, to the hospital, where it was determined Parker did not give birth to it. CNN reported that Parker then admitted to police that she had gotten into a "physical altercation" with Simmons-Hancock and took the unborn baby from her body.
Parker's attorney accepted the verdict in court, according to CNN. “Based on the strong defense case we put on at sentencing, we are disappointed in the verdict, but we respect the jury’s findings after a long, factually and emotionally difficult trial,” Parker’s attorney, Jeff Harrelson, said.
According to KSLA, one of the most intense moments in court came when a photo was shown of Hancock's body at the crime scene. Prosecutors wanted to instill in the jury that Simmons died fighting for her baby. Earlier in the trial, it was revealed that Simmons-Hancock's fingernails were found in the placenta.
The sentencing closes a dark series of events for Simmons' Hancock's family. “I’m overwhelmed with happiness it’s over because she has been such a burden in our life for so long now that I haven’t been able to think about my sister without thinking about her," Hancock-Simmons' sister, Emily Simmons, said in court, according to KSLA.