Texas woman who killed pregnant friend, stole baby, sentenced to death

This photo provided by the Bi-State Detention Center in Texarkana, Texas, shows Taylor Parker.  Parker was convicted of capital murder on Monday, October 3, 2022, for killing a pregnant woman in order to take her unborn child.  (Bi-State Detention Center via AP, File)

A woman from Texas he has been convicted of murdering a pregnant woman he knew and abducting his unborn daughter, he was sentenced to death.

A Bowie County A jury last month found Taylor Rene Parker guilty of capital murder in the late 2020 killing of Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, and her child. Parker was also convicted of abducting a child that was cut from the womb of this person who later died.

Online court records show the jury handed down the death sentence on Wednesday.

Prosecutors were he sought the death penaltyAlthough judges are tasked with sentencing, the alternative is to remain in prison without parole.

Simmons-Hancock’s body was found on October 9, 2020, at his home in New Boston, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas near the Texas-Oklahoma state line.

According to the probable cause affidavit, that month, Parker told her boyfriend she was pregnant, held a bridal party and said she was going to a hospital in Oklahoma to register for a pregnancy.

That same day, police received a 911 call from a woman who said someone had killed her daughter, the affidavit shows. Responding officers found Simmons-Hancock, who was 34 weeks pregnant, with a large gash on her abdomen and the baby still in her womb.


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