Kennewick Woman’s Baby Cut From Womb

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) – A baby boy is on life support in a Spokane hospital after police say it was cut from a slain woman’s womb in a Kennewick park.

Meanwhile, the woman accused of fatally stabbing the boy’s mother while she was still pregnant has been jailed without bond and will appear in court for the first time Tuesday. Police say 23-year-old Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong tried to pass the child off as her own after the attack Friday night at a park in Kennewick.

Court documents say a boxcutter, bloody gloves and paper towels, yarn, a baby bottle and baby socks were found in the suspect’s purse. The documents also say victim Araceli Gomez had her hands and feet bound with yarn and suffered “massive trauma to her stomach area.”

An autopsy showed she died of the chest wounds, but had other wounds “consistent with the cutting of the body to remove an unborn child.”

The baby boy was taken to Deaconess Medical center in Spokane where he was on life support and remained in critical condition Tuesday. Officials at Deaconess Medical Center, citing privacy laws, refused to release additional information.

Kennewick police also released nothing new Tuesday except to say the investigation is continuing, police spokesman Mike Blatman said Tuesday.