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Milwaukee woman to be sentenced for killing pregnant woman, baby

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee woman will be sentenced to life in prison Thursday afternoon for killing a pregnant woman and her full-term child.

34-year-old Annette Morales-Rodriguez was distraught because she was not physically able to give her boyfriend their own child. So she attacked 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz – carved out the victim’s full-term baby – and tried to claim it was hers.

It happened in October of last year on a Milwaukee street. Both the victim and her unborn son had died.

Morales-Rodriguez was convicted on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide – but the defense said the deaths were reckless and not intentional. The defendant’s lawyers said she should go to prison for no longer than 40 years.

The judge can set a possible early supervised release date for Morales-Rodriguez. Prosecutor Mark Williams is not saying what he’ll recommend.

Meanwhile, author Anne Speckhard said Morales-Rodriguez has multiple personalities – and she should be in a mental institution instead of prison. Speckhard has written a new book about the case called “Fetal Abduction – The True Story of Multiple Personalities and Murder.” She said she wrote the book because she was troubled by the outcome of the court case. As she put it, “I just wanted justice done.” 

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