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Baby snatch nurse 'had miscarriage'

A Texas woman accused of killing a young mother and abducting her three-day-old baby boy had suffered a miscarriage and intended to "adopt" the newborn as her own, authorities in the United States have said.

Verna McClain is charged with capital murder after confessing to killing 28-year-old Kala Marie Golden and grabbing tiny Keegan from outside a paediatrician's office in suburban Houston. Keegan was found unharmed hours later with McClain's sister.

The Montgomery County sheriff's office said 30-year-old McClain - estranged from her husband, with whom she had raised three children - had told her fiance she was pregnant and had given birth to his child. Instead, she had miscarried, said Captain Bruce Zenor.

McClain's sister, Corina Jackson, told authorities that she had talked about needing to "do the adoption" soon after taking Keegan.

Her fiance, who has not been identified, is being interviewed by authorities.

Officials said they did not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting and abduction.

Sheriff Tommy Gage said Ms Golden had placed Keegan in her pick-up truck on Tuesday afternoon after leaving Northwoods Paediatric Centre in Spring, about 20 miles north of Houston. The suspected gunwoman was parked next to her, he said.

During the confrontation, the woman repeatedly shot Ms Golden, then snatched the child from her truck and drove away, according to witness accounts. The dying woman leaned into the vehicle and tried to take the boy back, screaming "My baby!" but her attacker sped off.

Two detectives later spotted a vehicle outside a nearby apartment complex that matched the descriptions of witnesses, Mr Gage said. Though McClain's apartment was empty, she later arrived and talked to authorities.

"During her interview with detectives, information was obtained which led detectives to a residence in Harris County where her sister lives and a possible location of the child," Mr Gage said. McClain was later arrested. Police said she admitted carrying out the attack.

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