A Louisiana man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly stabbing his wife repeatedly in the stomach and cutting her unborn baby out of her womb.
Police responded to an emergency call to the couple’s home around 11:15 am. They arrived to a horrifying scene, where Jeffrey Reynolds, the 31-year-old suspect, allegedly attacked his wife with a sharp object, stabbing her in the abdomen and removing their child from her. Reynolds was still at the scene when police arrived.
The man struggled, but police were eventually able to take him into custody. Reynolds’ 28-year-old wife, who was 8 months pregnant, survived.
The baby did not. Emergency medics repeatedly attempted to revive the premature infant, but to no avail. The wife’s name has not been released.
Sheriff Jason Ard – of Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office – said the woman was listed “in stable condition at an area hospital.”
“It was a very gruesome scene that our deputies are dealing with,” Ard added.
Ard described the scene that met police when they arrived at the couple’s home: “[Reynolds] had cut his wife’s stomach open and pulled the unborn baby out. He was very combative and it was a struggle for deputies to get him into custody.”
Reynolds was taken to an area hospital for blood tests and a medical examination, Ard reported. Investigators are still investigating the scene at the home. They have not yet discovered a weapon.
“We know it was some kind of sharp instrument,” he added.
The couple has another child, who was in school at the time of the attack.