Trial begins for woman accused of cutting infant from womb

Posted: Updated:
THE BRONX -

A trial is underway for a Bronx woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and cutting an unborn baby out of the victim's womb.

Ashleigh Wade has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and kidnapping in the death of Angelica Sutton.

Police say the attack happened Nov. 20, 2015 inside Wade's home on Monticello Avenue in Wakefield. Prosecutors say Wade removed Sutton's uterus while the child was still inside the womb in an attempt to claim the child as her own.

Wade allegedly lured Sutton, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time, to her apartment and stabbed her numerous times, avoiding the stomach area.

The victim's child survived and is now 2 years old.

During brief opening statements, the defense asked the jury to consider Wade's state of mind at the time of the incident and to keep an open mind in the case.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks. If found guilty, Wade could get a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."