Gruesome details emerge in case of pregnant woman killed by neighbor for unborn child

FARGO, ND (CBS) - Gruesome details have emerged in a case involving a North Dakota woman who admitted to killing a pregnant neighbor so that she and her boyfriend could steal the baby.

According to a CBS report, prosecutors in North Dakota say that that Brooke Crews, 38, admitted to cutting out the baby while the mother was still living. 

In a hearing yesterday, Crews was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at the request of prosecutors. 

Crews pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder and lying to law officers for the death of Savanna Greywind, 22, of Fargo, in August.

According to prosecutors, Crews "cut the baby out of the mother's womb" while the mother was still conscious. 

Greywind was 8 months pregnant when she disappeared in August. 

Extensive searches followed her disappearance until her body was found by kayakers in a river wrapped in plastic.


The baby was recovered by police, still alive, in the apartment Crews shared with her 32-year-old boyfriend, William Hoehn. 

Hoehn pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial in March.

Fargo Police Chief David Todd called Greywind's death a "cruel and vicious act of depravity."

During the hearing Friday, Crews read a statement of apology. "There is no excuse. There is no rationalization. There is nothing," she said.

Crews initially claimed that Greywind gave up her newborn, but later admitted to taking advantage of the woman to get her child, according to court documents.

Hoehn told police that he found Crews cleaning up blood in their bathroom on August 19th, and that she told him, ""This is our baby. This is our family." 

He also admitted to taking garbage bags containing bloody shoes and his bloody towels outside to dispose of them. 


The baby, named Haisley Jo, is reportedly healthy and now in the custody of her father, Ashton Matheny, who was Greywind's boyfriend.


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