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A A Texas woman convicted of murdering a pregnant woman and ripping her unborn baby from her womb was sentenced to death Wednesday.
A A jury of six men and six women in Bowie County, about 150 miles east of Dallas, deliberated for less than two hours before handing down the fatal sentence for 29-year-old Taylor Rene Parker.reported TXK Today.
Parker was convicted of capital murder on October 3 in the gruesome slaying of Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, and her young daughter in New Boston. in October 2020.
“My only biological sister. You have to understand what you took from me and my family. No more celebrating her birthday. I was only 19 years old when I got the call that my sister was gone,” Emily Simmons, the victim’s sister, told Parker in an emotional statement before the jury began deliberating, the Texarkana Gazette reported.
“She will never be my maid of honor. If I visit my sister I have to go to a cemetery and see a tombstone. I will never get a text or phone call from her again.”
Simmons-Hancock’s mother, Jessica Brooks, called Parker an “evil flesh-and-blood demon.”
“My baby was alive and still fighting for her babies when you cut her open and ripped the baby out of her stomach,” the heartbroken mother said.
In the 10 months before the murder, Parker had faked her own pregnancy in an elaborate plan to keep her boyfriend from leaving her. prosecutors said.
She wore pregnancy costumes, fake ultrasounds, posted about her pregnancy online, and even threw a gender reveal party for the fake baby.
Parker, who was unable to conceive after a hysterectomy, told her boyfriend that she would be induced to give birth on the day of the murder.
Prosecutors said she extensively researched how to fake a pregnancy and watched numerous videos about premature births at 35 weeks, which is how far along Simmons-Hancock was in her pregnancy when she was killed.
On the morning of October 9, 2020, Parker crushed Simmons-Hancock’s skull with a hammer and stabbed her more than 100 times in her home before removing her baby from the womb with a scalpel. Parker fled with the baby, a girl who later died.
Following her sentencing, Parker was scheduled to be transferred to the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas, where the state houses its death row inmates, court officials told TXK Today. She has the right to appeal her sentence.