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Nurse admits shooting new mother

A nurse has admitted fatally shooting a young mother in a town near Houston, Texas, and abducting the dying woman's newborn son.

Verna McClain apparently intended to adopt the baby, authorities said.

McClain is charged with capital murder in the killing of 28-year-old Kala Marie Golden.

Witnesses saw a woman repeatedly shoot Ms Golden in the car park of a paediatric clinic in Spring then drive away with Ms Golden's three-day-old son Keegan, who was later found unharmed at a home with McClain's sister.

According to a Montgomery County arrest record, McClain, 30, admitted shooting Ms Golden and taking Keegan to Harris County, where the baby was found.

The Montgomery County sheriff's office said officers found Keegan with Corina Jackson, McClain's sister. Ms Jackson told investigators that McClain told her she would need to "do the adoption", according to the county record.

Witnesses say despite being shot, the dying woman leaned into the vehicle and tried to take Keegan back, screaming "My baby!", but her attacker sped away.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon told ABC's Good Morning America that McClain's statement to investigators indicates she shot the mother as part of a wider plan to kidnap any child and that Ms Golden was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"There were statements as indicated in the arrest record that were made by Ms McClain that led us to believe that, in fact, this was an intentional act on her part," Mr Ligon said. "Not that Ms Golden was targeted specifically, but that this was part of a plan to kidnap a child."

Mr Ligon said Child Protective Service officials were looking after Keegan but that they expected the baby to be reunited with his father soon.

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