North Dakota woman, 38, pleads guilty to the brutal ‘womb raider’ murder on the pregnant woman, 22, to steal the baby

Brooke Crews, left, admitted in court she killed her pregnant neighbor, Savannah Greywind.

(Cass County Sheriff’s Office)

A North Dakota woman called “womb raider” pleaded guilty Monday for the murder of her pregnant neighbor so she and her friend could steal and keep the baby.

Brooke Crews, 38, faces life in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder, and lying to law enforcement officials in the death of the 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind of Fargo. They are expected to be sentenced on Jan 16, KVRR reported.

Crews and her boyfriend, William Hoehn, 32, previously pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping in the death of Greywind. The researchers haven’t said how Greywind was killed, but Fargo police chief Dave Todd said that her death was a “cruel and vile act of depravity.”

Fargo police have said Greywind died of “homicidal violence.” Crews’ lawyer said Monday she wanted to take responsibility for her actions, but not for details about how Greywind was killed.

Attorney Steven Mottinger told the INFORUM newspaper the guilty plea “goes a long way in terms of us are able to advocate for anything less than life without parole.”

Crew ” boyfriend, William Hoehn, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping.

(Cass County Sheriff’s Office)

Greywind was eight months pregnant when she disappeared on Aug. 19 in Fargo. Her body was found eight days later in the Red River, wrapped in plastic and duct tape.

Authorities said after her body was found she may have been the victim of “womb raiders” who forcibly took her baby, the Star Tribune reported at the time.

The baby was later found alive in the apartment where the Crew and Hoehn lived in Greywind building.

Crews initially claimed Greywind gave her newborn daughter, but later admitted taking advantage of the woman to the child, according to court documents. Crew told the police she arranged to have Greywind come to her apartment and told her how to induce childbirth. Greywind came back two days later to give her the newborn baby, the Crews said.

Hoehn told the police a different story, according to the court documents. He said that he came home on Aug. 19 to find Crews cleaning up blood in their bathroom. Hoehn said Crews presented him with a baby girl and said: “This is our baby. This is our family.”

Hoehn told the police he took the garbage bags with bloody shoes, and are bloody towels and disposed of according to the court documents. Hoehn is scheduled for trial in March.

The baby, Haisley Jo, is now in possession of her biological father, Ashton Matheny, who was Greywind’s boyfriend, according to the Star-Tribune.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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