Defendant allegedly killed mother, then took the baby from her womb

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A woman murdered her pregnant friend in order to steal the baby from her womb, prosecutors said today in opening statements at the woman’s trial.

Julie Corey’s “intention was to take the baby away from Darlene Haynes,” prosecutor Daniel Bennett told a jury in Worcester Superior Court.

Corey, 39, is charged with killing Haynes, 23, in Haynes’s apartment in 2009, and removing the fetus from her abdomen. Corey and her boyfriend were found with the child a few days later in New Hampshire.

“The baby was Darlene Haynes’s,” Bennett said.

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