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Mass. judge upholds fetus kidnapping charge

December 30, 2011
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WORCESTER, Mass.—A Massachusetts judge has denied a request to dismiss charges against a woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and cutting the unborn baby from her womb.

The judge in Worcester (WUH'-stur) Superior Court ruled last week there was "substantial" evidence to link Julie Corey to the July 2009 slaying of Darlene Haynes and the abduction of her unborn child.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/uIuFNe) reports that Corey's lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss murder and kidnapping charges, saying prosecutors didn't give the grand jury any evidence linking her to Haynes' killing.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old Worcester woman beat and strangled Haynes, who was eight months pregnant, before taking the fetus.

Corey and her boyfriend were found days later with the baby in a Plymouth, N.H., homeless shelter. Corey has pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com

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