MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A Milwaukee woman has been convicted of killing a pregnant mother last year and trying to steal her full-term baby.
A Milwaukee County jury found Annette Morales-Rodriguez guilty Thursday of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. She faces a mandatory life sentence, although a judge could allow for the possibility of parole. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Morales-Rodriguez had miscarriages and was desperate to give her boyfriend a son. They say she faked being pregnant, panicked as her supposed due date approached, and decided to attack an expectant mother and try to pass off the child as her own.
Morales-Rodriguez's defense attorneys conceded she strangled 23-year-old victim Maritza Ramirez-Cruz last October. But they argued that the deaths of the mother and her fetus weren't intentional.
MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case Thursday morning in the trial of the Milwaukee woman accused of cutting an unborn baby out of another woman.
Annette Morales-Rodriquez faces two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide in the deaths of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and her baby. Police say she wanted to keep the baby as her own.
The trial began Tuesday and the judge predicts the jury could start deliberating as early as Thursday.
On Wednesday, prosecutors played a video where the suspect told detectives how she attacked the victim with a bat and strangled her. Morales-Rodriguez told police she was sorry she hurt the young mother and didn't mean for the baby to die.
The defense won't say whether Morales-Rodriguez will take the stand.
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