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Woman Arrested in Death of Pregnant Woman and Her Baby

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CNN: A 28-year-old Oregon woman has been charged with murder after the body of a new mother was found in the crawl space of her home.

Rescue crews first went to Korena Roberts' home in Washington County on Friday in response to a call of a newborn in distress. They found Roberts' boyfriend unsuccessfully trying to revive the baby using first-aid techniques.

Roberts told deputies the baby was hers, the county sheriff's office said. Medics noticed a lot of blood at the home, and sent Roberts and the baby to a hospital.

"Doctors at the hospital were not able to revive the baby," said Sgt. David Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff's Office in a news release. "They also discovered that Ms. Roberts had not delivered a child at anytime in the recent past."

Deputies returned to the home, where they found the body of 21-year-old Heather Snively in the crawl space under the kitchen, Thompson said.

Authorities learned Snively had been pregnant at the time she was attacked, and they determined she was the mother of the infant.

An autopsy will now determine how the baby was delivered, and whether he died before or after birth, Thompson said.

The outcome could result in another murder charge for Roberts, deputies said.

Residents in the woman's Mill Creek Drive neighborhood said Roberts had told them she was expecting a child, according to CNN affiliate KPTV.

"She didn't appear to be pregnant to us," neighbor Doug King told KPTV.

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Gigohead  June 7, 2009, 3:33 PM

I recently saw on show on Snapped where a pregnant woman fought with a woman who lured her into her home and was trying to steal her unborn baby. This story is very tragic and unfortunately happens more too often when you get sickos who pretend to be pregnant and get desperate.

Anonymous June 10, 2009, 11:39 PM

Wow,I’m 28.I’ve earned so much trust from those around me that I was given keys to neighbor’s house,as they are on vacation.Imagine a 28 year old “immature stupid” male grown up enough to respect others’ property and pets.Here we have a 28 “very mature” woman killing to get into the body of another woman to steal her baby.I think this type of crime should also carry rape charges,two of them, one for invading the mom’s body,the other for invading the child who was in a secure enviroment.

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