Woman Held on $500k Bail in Womb-Cut Kidnap Case

By Denise Lavoie | September 16, 2009 | 6:28 PM EDT
Worcester, Mass. (AP) - A woman accused of kidnapping a baby who had been cut from her mother's womb was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail Wednesday after she was returned to Massachusetts from New Hampshire, where she was found in a homeless shelter with the infant.
 
Julie Corey, 35, was arraigned on a kidnapping charge in Worcester Central District Court.
 
Authorities arrested Corey on July 29 after finding her with the baby at a homeless shelter in Plymouth, N.H. DNA tests confirmed that the baby was cut from the womb of Darlene Haynes, who was found dead in her Worcester home two days earlier. Authorities said Haynes was eight months pregnant.
 
Prosecutors have declined to say whether they expect to charge Corey in Haynes' killing.
 
Judge David Locke granted the high bail requested by prosecutors, despite pleas from her attorney, Michael Wilcox.
 
Wilcox said Corey had "something of a tortured childhood," is the mother of five children and made no attempt to hide her identity when she registered at the homeless shelter with the baby.
 
Haynes' uncle, Karl Whitney, who attended Corey's arraignment with about a half dozen family members, said the family is pleased that Corey will be held on a high bail.
 
"There's anger, frustration, wondering why," he said. "I have a very difficult time understanding why anybody would do this to a pregnant mother, no matter who it is."
 
Tim Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., would not comment on whether Corey could be charged with murder.
 
"It's a continuing investigation," he said.
 
Haynes and her boyfriend were friends with Corey and her boyfriend.
 
In the months before Haynes was killed, Corey told her family and her boyfriend that she was pregnant. Her boyfriend's family said she introduced a baby girl to them at a family gathering on July 25, two days before Haynes' body was found.
 
The baby is in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
 
Wilcox said Corey will be sent to the women's prison in Framingham while awaiting trial.
 
"She's doing as well as can be expected. She is very apprehensive about her situation," he said.
 
Corey will be back in court on Oct. 22 for a pretrial conference.
A woman accused of kidnapping a baby who had been cut from her mother's womb was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail Wednesday after she was returned to Massachusetts from New Hampshire, where she was found in a homeless shelter with the infant.