Two women were preparing to be mums, but there was only one baby…
It was Angelikque Sutton’s wedding day and she was on her way to the Bronx Courthouse in New York.
She was about to marry her boyfriend of eight years, Patrick Bradley, and start a new phase of their lives together.
Angelikque, 22, was eight and a half months pregnant and, with their first baby coming in a matter of weeks, the couple wanted to be married before becoming parents. They’d booked a slot for a simple civil ceremony on 20 November 2015.
Angelikque, the daughter of a bishop, had a baby register on a gifting website. On it, she’d announced she was having a baby girl, due on 2 December.
But she wasn’t the only one making plans to welcome a daughter. An old school friend had recently reconnected with Angelikque on social media.
Ashleigh Wade, 22, had made an effort to get in touch with her former friend to let her know she was pregnant too – and was also due to have a girl around the same time.
They were both busy decorating nurseries and stocking up on baby clothes and nappies. Having something in common created a close bond between them.
Ashleigh and her boyfriend Andrew Praylow, 27, had been posting baby scan pictures on social media and chatting to neighbours about their imminent arrival.
Dad-to-be Andrew said the baby was due on 15 November, and when the date came and went, he commented that she ‘wasn’t ready to come out yet lol’.
On the morning of Angelikque’s wedding, Ashleigh said she had a wedding gift for her and asked the bride-to-be to stop by on the way to the civil ceremony. But Angelikque would never make it to the courthouse where Patrick was patiently waiting.
When Angelikque arrived at Ashleigh’s home, her ‘friend’ attacked her with a paring knife.
It turned out that Ashleigh wasn’t pregnant at all – she’d been lying to everyone and, with her due date having been and gone, she was about to be found out.
But not if she could find a baby girl to pass off as her own.
As a terrified Angelikque fought for her life and the life of her unborn baby, Ashleigh slit her throat, cutting her larynx so she couldn’t scream for help.
Angelikque was bleeding to death when Ashleigh sliced into her abdomen and removed her uterus.
Cutting it open, she took the baby out and discarded the womb on the bathroom floor.
Ashleigh cleaned up some of the blood and made a bottle of milk for the baby girl – who incredibly survived her savage birth.
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