A pregnant woman who was held at an apartment in a suburb of Washington in the US for five days escaped after her captor tried to cut the unborn baby from her womb, police said.
The victim, who was homeless, was expected to recover and her daughter was delivered by emergency Caesarean section, police added.
Veronica Deramous, 40, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, false imprisonment and other related charges, said Officer Michelle Reedy, a spokeswoman for Prince George's County police.
Authorities said Deramous befriended the woman at a homeless shelter and persuaded her to come to her apartment on December 1 with a promise of baby clothes.
Officer Reedy said Deramous attacked and tied up the woman. Days later, the woman escaped after Deramous tried to cut the unborn baby from her body.
"She bound the victim's hands and proceeded to try to cut the victim's abdomen to try to get the baby out," she said.
Police said Deramous had told relatives and her boyfriend that she was pregnant even though she was not.
At some point, Deramous fell asleep and the woman managed to free herself and flee the apartment, the officer said. Police received a call on Sunday and found the woman bleeding from cuts.
Authorities received a tip that Deramous was in Virginia's Arlington County, where she was arrested. She is waiting to be transported to Maryland to face the charges.
The baby girl was named Miracle Sky.