Jury convicts Milwaukee woman in fetal-abduction deaths

Morales-Rodriguez faces mandatory life sentence
Jury convicts Milwaukee woman in fetal-abduction deaths

A Milwaukee woman has been convicted of killing a pregnant mother last year and trying to steal her full-term baby.

A jury found Annette Morales-Rodriguez guilty Thursday of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. She faces a mandatory life sentence, although a judge could allow for the possibility of parole. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.

Prosecutors said Morales-Rodriguez had miscarriages and was desperate to give her boyfriend a son. They said she faked being pregnant, panicked as her supposed due date approached, and decided to attack an expectant mother and try to pass off the child as her own.

Morales-Rodriguez’s defense attorneys conceded she strangled 23-year-old victim Maritza Ramirez-Cruz last October. But they argued that the deaths of the mother and her fetus weren’t intentional.