Pregnant Woman Shot, Set Ablaze on Saturday Gives Birth Ahead of Schedule
Less than a week after she was shot, set of fire and thought to be killed by her captors, a Detroit-area woman has given birth.
The 22-year-old new mother was not named by press, but suffered a harrowing ordeal just days before her baby was born. After attending a showing of Men in Black 3 at a local drive-in theater, the woman dropped the father of her baby off at his home.
While she was parked, the victim was attacked from behind, and duct tape was used to cover her eyes and bound her hands and feet. Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green confirmed the details of the attack:
“The next thing she knew she was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head… She was ordered to the ground.”
She was then taken to another location and doused with lighter fluid, set on fire and shot.
As she play dead, her attackers drove off. The woman then walked to a Shell station and called her mother.
According to local press, police have arrested the baby’s father and an accomplice for the violent crime, citing the father not wanting another child as the motive for the attack:
“In a plot that police said was hatched in March, Rogers asked Mathis, a friend, to help him deal with his pregnant ex-girlfriend because he did not want a third child. Rogers has two other children, ages 3 and 1. Warren police said Mathis can be seen on tape last Friday — just hours before the woman was kidnapped — buying duct tape, rope and gloves from a local Home Depot.”
The woman went into labor Monday night, and gave birth, but out of fears for her safety and that of her child, her family has requested no more details be released. Studies in recent years have indicated that homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women in the US.