Jury selection begins in mother, fetus killing

Prosecutors: Woman was desperate to give boyfriend a son
Jury selection begins in mother, fetus killing

Jury selection is expected to resume Tuesday in the trial of a Milwaukee woman accused of killing a young mother by cutting her full-term fetus from her womb.

Annette Morales-Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the October 2011 deaths of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and her fetus, a boy.

Attorneys questioned about 50 people on Monday and planned to finish narrowing down the pool to 12 jurors plus two alternates Tuesday. Opening statements and witness testimony are also expected Tuesday.

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 settled on a plan to attack an expectant mother and raise the yet-unborn child as her own.

Ramirez-Cruz left behind a husband, two young daughters and a young son. She was 23 when she died.