Woman Who Killed Friend To Steal Unborn Baby Gets Death Penalty

A Texas jury found Taylor Rene Parker guilty of capital murder for stabbing an expectant mother and taking her unborn baby from her womb.

Parker was speeding when she was pulled over by a Texas State Trooper. Parker told police that she had given birth by the side of the road and was rushing to the hospital because the baby wasn’t breathing.

However, when she finally was able to go to the hospital, the medical staff was suspicious of Parker. They said that she refused to be examined. The baby, Braxlynn Sage Hancock, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Oklahoma.

In an attempt to keep her boyfriend, Parker made herself look pregnant, faked ultrasounds, and even had a gender-reveal party. This desperation for a child was what motivated the murder of her friend Reagan Simmons-Hancock.

Parker was arrested after Simmons Hancock was found dead in her New Boston home. The victim’s 3-year-old daughter was also at home when her mother was killed.

Taylor Parker was convicted of killing Reagan Hancock and taking her baby. Her defense attorney argued that the baby was not technically born and therefore could not be abducted. During the three-week trial, Parker’s lawyer argued that the kidnapping charge should be dismissed, which would reduce Parker’s capital murder charge to murder.

After deliberating for just over an hour, jurors sentenced Taylor Parker to death for the 2020 murder of Reagan Simmons-Hancock. Simmons-Hancock’s mother addressed Parker as an “evil piece of flesh demon.”

In closing statements, the prosecutor showed jurors a crime scene photo of Simmons-Hancock soaked in blood on the floor. The prosecutor said Parker should be sentenced to death because Simmons-Hancock was beaten and slashed hundreds of times.

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