Bronx woman who cut out baby from slain friend’s womb plotted brutal attack so child would live Bronx woman who cut out baby from slain friend’s womb plotted brutal attack so child would live
A Bronx woman who stabbed her pregnant friend to death planned the gruesome attack to ensure the baby would survive, prosecutors said Monday. Opening statements in... Bronx woman who cut out baby from slain friend’s womb plotted brutal attack so child would live

A Bronx woman who stabbed her pregnant friend to death planned the gruesome attack to ensure the baby would survive, prosecutors said Monday.

Opening statements in the murder trial of Ashleigh Wade featured disturbing details of how the twisted 23-year-old carefully cut her childhood friend, Angelikque Sutton.

Wade’s attorney, Amy Attias, did not deny her client was a killer – but argued she was insane.

The Nov. 20, 2015, killing was carried out in two stages, District Attorney Meredith Holtzman told a jury.

“The defendant attacked Ms. Sutton by stabbing and slashing her repeatedly in the face and neck,” Holtzman said.

“All of those injuries in the first attack took place from the neck up. The defendant took great care to avoid injuring Ms. Sutton’s abdomen,” she said.

Deborah (left) and William Sutton, parents of murdered Angelikque Sutton, at State Supreme Court in the Bronx, where Mr. Sutton testified against her alleged murdered, Ashleigh Wade.

Sutton’s larynx was sliced, so she was unable to scream for help.

“What the defendant did to her next is almost unspeakable,” Holtzman said

“The defendant took a kitchen paring knife and sliced Ms. Sutton’s abdomen open. Once she had Ms. Sutton’s abdomen open, she cut Ms. Sutton’s uterus entirely out. She cut that uterus open, took baby Jenasis out, and discarded that uterus on the bathroom floor.”

Police arrived at the crime scene in Wakefield roughly 30 minutes after the killing. But before cops showed, surveillance video captured Wade’s boyfriend holding the child, thinking it was his.

Wade allegedly admitted to police she’d killed Sutton, 22, but insisted the baby was hers. Cops found the newborn wrapped in a coat on top of a parked car near Wade’s Monticello Ave. home.

“She told the police – she told anyone who would listen – the child was hers,” Holtzman said.

The child, Jenasis, lived.

“She survived and she thrived,” Holtzman said. “The survival of Jenasis is the proof of the calculation and precision of the attack. The defendant needed Ms. Sutton to die, she needed Jenasis to live.”

Prior to the killing, Wade had tricked friends and family into believing she was pregnant. She spread the rumor through word of mouth and Facebook posts. She even kept formula, diapers, and baby shoes at home, Holtzman said.

“Except for a baby — she didn’t have a baby. For that, she needed Angelikque Sutton,” she said.

The murder occurred the day Sutton was to get married at a Bronx courthouse. Sutton had thought she was picking up a gift at Wade’s home.

“This wasn’t crazy – this was murder,” Holtzman said.

Attias did not deny the horrendous facts of the case, but emphasized the lack of logic in Wade’s plot.

“Something could have gone horribly and tragically wrong in Wade’s own mind,” Attias said.

“If this was her plan, it was a pretty bad plan…there’s no plane tickets, there’s no train tickets. There is no escape that you’ll see evidence of.”

Obinna Onyia

  • Chanelle

    2017-09-26 #1 Author

    I dont understand how people can be so evil cant trust anyone

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  • Kara

    2017-09-26 #2 Author

    This is crazy and horrible

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  • Yanit

    2017-09-26 #3 Author

    Omg this is a unbelievable. I am not even sure how to comment on this below. But I am disgusted. She has to be mentally crazy. My heart goes out to the baby and mom. My prayers.

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  • Soraya

    2017-09-26 #4 Author

    She’s wrong for that she need to be locked up

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  • Theronda Murray

    2017-09-26 #5 Author

    This really breaks my heart

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  • Haley

    2017-09-26 #6 Author

    Wow that’s crazy

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  • Queen bee

    2017-09-26 #7 Author

    So sad watch the ones around

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  • Jamarion

    2017-09-26 #8 Author

    This is so disgusting and sad .

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  • Leemae

    2017-09-26 #9 Author

    Its crazy that you may never know whats going on in the mind of someone eles head💔😞 i feel sorrow for both family but mostly the baby who will now be mother less

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  • Deborah

    2017-09-27 #10 Author

    This is sickening. How can anyone be that brutal

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  • Jewl

    2017-09-27 #11 Author

    This is so sad !! That poor momma and baby .

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  • Jewl

    2017-09-27 #12 Author

    Poor child . Rip babies .

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  • Shatavia

    2017-09-27 #13 Author

    Smh 😪 sick people in this world

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  • dana

    2017-09-27 #14 Author

    😱😱😱😱 what is this world coming to

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  • Armoni akins

    2017-09-27 #15 Author

    Wow that is so sad

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  • Dana

    2017-09-28 #16 Author

    People r so sick these days

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  • Rasheedah Zaire

    2017-09-28 #17 Author

    That lady sick and deserves to die

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  • Dee

    2017-09-28 #18 Author

    Omg this is so cruel and sad …

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  • Tayllar mcbride

    2017-09-28 #19 Author

    This is unbelievable , I am praying for the family.

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  • Viola Town

    2017-09-30 #20 Author

    This is just said people today are going crazy

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  • Paul

    2017-09-30 #21 Author

    What is the world coming to? This is crazy

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  • JANEE Scott

    2017-10-03 #22 Author

    LOrd why do people do the things they do!! I have no idea why someone would do such a horrible thing

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