Woman Charged In Gross Baby-Stealing Case

Published July 21, 2008

Posted July 21, 2008 – In what must qualify as one of the most macabre murders in Pennsylvania history, a 38-year-old Pittsburgh-area woman has been accused of slaying a teen and cutting open her womb to steal her baby.

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Police on Friday arrested Andrea Curry-Demus of Wilkinsburg and charged her with homicide, unlawful restraint and kidnapping. She was taken into custody after showing up at a hospital with a baby, still covered in afterbirth, wrapped in a blanket. After initially lying to police and saying it was her baby, she later claimed that she had bought the newborn boy for $1,000, The Associated Press reports.

Detectives found the decomposing body of Kia Johnson, the baby’s 18-year-old mother, in Curry-Demus' apartment on Friday following complaints from neighbors about a foul odor emanating from inside, according to Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt. Johnson had been dead for about two days, Medical Examiner Karl Williams said.

The victim's hands and feet had been bound by duct tape, police said.

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