Ashleigh Wade, the Bronx ‘Womb Raider’ found guilty of murdering pregnant friend and carving baby from her uterus – Facing life in prison
‘Justice prevails’ as vile murderer and child thief is set to spend the rest of her days behind bars
‘Womb Raider’ convicted of murdering pregnant friend and carving baby from her uterus in gruesome Bronx murder, two years ago
Ashleigh Wade, 24, was found guilty of the Nov 2015 murder of her pregnant friend Angelikque Sutton and will be sentenced to life in jail
Jury convicted Wade after less than five hours deliberation, Oct 5
Remarkably, crime scene images were so gruesome a juror during the trial fainted at the sight of the body parts littered photos from the crime scene
Wade who sobbed uncontrollably after the verdict, refused to look at the crime scene photos, didn’t apologize during the trial
Prosecutors say Wade lied to her family for months claiming she was pregnant deliberately set out to murder her friend because she needed Sutton’s baby to carry on the lie
Baby Jenasis survived being cut from her mother’s womb and was reunited with dad, Patrick Bradley
Sentencing is scheduled for Oct 20
Jury found Ashleigh Wade [in regulation uniform] guilty of the 2015 murder of her pregnant friend Angelikque Sutton, on Thursday. She will spend the rest of her life behind bars
Ashleigh Wade, the New York woman accused of cutting a baby from her soon-to-be-wedded pregnant friend’s stomach was found guilty of murder and will spend the rest of her life behind bars.
The jury on Thursday found Wade, 24, guilty after less than five hours of deliberations, having rejected her insanity defense. The convicted killer began sobbing uncontrollably, after the verdict was delivered.
The parents of victim Angelikque Sutton, 22, embraced as Wade cried.
‘Justice prevailed,’ said mother Deborah Sutton.
‘The truth was revealed. My daughter was avenged with victory.’
It was a sentiment shared by the victim’s father, Bishop William Sutton, who added that his daughter ‘was a beautiful girl.’
For two weeks the jury relived the gruesome details surrounding the 2015 day when Wade slit Sutton’s throat and cut the baby out of her stomach – stabbing her more than 50 times.
She had been lying to people that she was pregnant and asserted that the girl – named Jenasis by relatives and still alive – was hers.
Juror number seven, a middle aged woman, passed out cold on Thursday in a Bronx courtroom during the trial due to grisly crime scene photos of dismembered internal organs and closeup of cuts on the victim.
Pregnant Angelique Sutton [right], was on her way to wed fiancé, Patrick Bradley, the morning an envious and deranged childhood friend Ashleigh Wade, [left], brutally murdered her and harvested the baby.
Back where she belongs: Sutton’s baby, Jenasis Bradley, turns two next month, in the loving custody of dad, Patrick Bradley. Amazingly she survived her forceful entry into the world at the hands of Ashleigh Wade, her mother’s killer in Nov 2015
Medical examiner Declan Mcguone was displaying an enlarged photo of Sutton’s discarded uterus and umbilical cord on a large-screen TV just feet away from the jury box when the juror was overcome. Justice Margaret Clancy cleared the gallery as Dr. Mcguone immediately evaluated the woman.
After a 45-minute recess, Judge Clancy announced that the woman had recovered, but adjourned the trial until Friday.
During jury selection, Clancy had given jurors the unusual option of opting out of serving due to the extremely gruesome nature of the case.
In November 2015, Sutton, 22, was nearly nine months pregnant and on her way to the courthouse to marry Patrick Bradley when she stopped by the Bronx home of her friend, the defendant Wade. Wade, hatched a plan to lure the unsuspecting Sutton to the apartment by promising her a gift, prosecutors said.
Wade allegedly cut Sutton’s throat, preventing her from screaming before cutting her baby girl from her womb.
Wade had feigned pregnancy in the months prior to the horrific murder and needed her friend’s baby to perpetuate the lie, Assistant Bronx DA Meredith Holtzman said earlier in the trial.
‘The defendant attacked Ms. Sutton by stabbing and slashing her repeatedly in the face and neck,’ Holtzman said.
‘The defendant cut Ms. Sutton’s larynx — her voice box. Ms. Sutton could not scream, could not say a word. She cut her major blood vessels.
‘What the defendant did to her next is almost unspeakable.
Ashleigh Wade [photo] created an elaborate subterfuge for months that fooled friends and family that she was pregnant. She was found by her boyfriend cradling Jenasis next to the dead mother’s body. She also screamed at police ‘It’s my baby!’ as they took her into custody
Killed at her most vulnerable by a trusted friend: Angelikque Sutton was eight and a ‘harvest’ her unborn child. Sutton was on her way to the registry that morning of Nov 2015, to wed fiancé Patrick Bradley when she was lured to an untimely death.
‘Because after she had rendered Sutton unable to scream, unable to move, the defendant took a kitchen paring knife and sliced Sutton’s abdomen open at the bottom half.
‘Once she had cut Sutton’s abdomen open, the defendant cut Sutton’s uterus entirely out. She cut that uterus open, took baby Jenasis out, and discarded that uterus on the bathroom floor.’
Sutton’s daughter survived the intrusion, albeit with cuts on both thighs and is now a thriving 22-month-old.
Holtzman said Wade had carefully planned for the attack and theft of the baby.
‘She had baby clothes, baby shoes, diapers, formula, a crib, everything that an expectant mother would need, except a baby.
‘She didn’t have a baby. For that she needed Angelikque Sutton.’
Demented killer, Ashleigh Wade [left] allegedly told police at the crime scene she cut Sutton ‘as many times as she could’ with the paring knife
Wade’s defense attorney, Amy Attias, said that her client did not ‘intentionally’ kill Sutton and that ‘something could have gone horribly and terribly and tragically wrong within Ms. Wade’s own mind.’
Wade was found by her boyfriend cradling Jenasis next to the dead mother’s body.
She also screamed at police ‘It’s my baby!’ as they took her into custody.
Responding police officer Jonathan Polanco Ortiz testified on Monday that what he witnessed at the crime scene in 2015 ‘left a mark on his soul.’
Ortiz said that Wade confessed to the grisly murder when she saw police. When asked how many times she knifed Sutton, Ortiz said Wade responded, ‘As many times as I could.’
Sutton’s fiancé Patrick Bradley, was waiting for her at the marriage registry as she was being killed a few miles away. It was not to be for the couple who had been dating for eight years at the time Sutton was killed He is raising with their daughter Jenasis who will be turning two in November.
Wade is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 20.
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