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Woman tore baby from murder victim's womb

A US woman obsessed with having a baby has pleaded guilty to murdering a pregnant woman then cutting her unborn child from her.

Korena Roberts (29) was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

She beat 21-year-old Heather Snively with a police baton in June 2009 and used a straight razor to open her abdomen.

Roberts' boyfriend found her in the bath with a lifeless baby that doctors said had never drawn a breath. It was due two months later.

Officers found Ms Snively's body in the attic space of Roberts' home in Oregon.

For months before the killing, Roberts told neighbours she was pregnant, going so far as to acquire a stroller, baby formula and parenting magazines.

A few weeks before the killing, Snively moved to Oregon from Maryland to be with her fiance. Detectives have said they believe Roberts and Ms Snively met through an online classified service where both were looking for baby clothes.

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Roberts had attempted to contact other pregnant women before making the connection with Ms Snively, District Attorney Bob Hermann told a court yesterday.

Among those in the court were Ms Snively's fiance, Chris Popp, and her father, Kevin Snively.

"You took my daughter. My life is never going to be the same," Mr Snively said, looking at Roberts. "You've messed up our family. My mom and dad have one less grandchild."

He added: "I hope you never forget that."

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