A woman who literally cut a baby out of her pregnant friend’s stomach, has been found guilty of murder.
Ashleigh Wade, 24, will spend the rest of her life behind bars after murdering Angelikque Sutton, 22, on her wedding day.
It took less than five hours for the jury to deliver their verdict on Thursday, with Wade sobbing uncontrollably as she learnt her fate.
Meanwhile Angelikque’s parents embraced each other.
‘Justice prevailed,’ said mother Deborah Sutton, according to the New York Post.
‘The truth was revealed. My daughter was avenged with victory.’
The victim’s father, Bishop William Sutton, added that his daughter ‘was a beautiful girl.’
The details of this case are truly unbelievable.
For two weeks the jury saw and heard gruesome details surrounding the 2015 day when Wade slit Sutton’s throat.
Wade stabbed Sutton more than 50 times before cutting her baby out of her stomach.
Wade shamelessly lied to family and friends that she was pregnant and that Sutton’s baby – named Jenasis by her father – was hers.
It is no surprise that due to the horrific nature of the crime scene photos, Juror number seven, a middle aged woman, passed out cold in the Bronx courtroom.
Moments earlier, medical examiner Declan Mcguone, was displaying an enlarged photo of Sutton’s discarded uterus and umbilical cord on a large-screen.
After a 45-minute recess, Justice Margaret Clancy announced that the woman had recovered, but adjourned the trial until Friday.
During jury selection, Clancy had given jurors the unusual option of opting out of serving due to the horrific nature of the case.
In November 2015, Angelikque Sutton was nearly nine months pregnant.
She was excitedly heading to the courthouse to marry the love of her life Patrick Bradley. But just before the ceremony she stopped by the Bronx home of her friend, the defendant Ashleigh Wade.
Wade lured Sutton to the apartment by promising her a gift, but she had other plans for Sutton, prosecutors said.
Wade then proceeded to cut Sutton’s throat to prevent her from screaming before cutting her baby girl from her womb.
Assistant Bronx DA Meredith Holtzman said earlier in the trial:
‘The defendant attacked Ms. Sutton by stabbing and slashing her repeatedly in the face and neck,’ Holtzman said.
‘The defendant cut Ms. Sutton’s larynx — her voice box. Ms. Sutton could not scream, could not say a word. She cut her major blood vessels.
‘What the defendant did to her next is almost unspeakable.’
‘Because after she had rendered Ms. Sutton unable to scream, unable to move, the defendant took a kitchen paring knife and sliced Ms. Sutton’s abdomen open at the bottom half.’
‘Once she had cut Ms. Sutton’s abdomen open, the defendant cut Ms. Sutton’s uterus entirely out. She cut that uterus open, took baby Jenasis out, and discarded that uterus on the bathroom floor.’
But, miraculously, Sutton’s daughter survived the vicious attack and is now a thriving 22-month-old.
Holtzman said Wade had carefully planned the attack.
‘She had baby clothes, baby shoes, diapers, formula, a crib, everything that an expectant mother would need, except a baby.
‘She didn’t have a baby. For that she needed Angelikque Sutton.’
But Wade’s defense attorney, Amy Attias, said that her client did not ‘intentionally’ kill Sutton.
Attias claimed ‘something could have gone horribly and terribly and tragically wrong within Ms. Wade’s own mind.’
Wade was found by her boyfriend cradling Jenasis next to the dead mother’s body.
She also screamed at police ‘It’s my baby!’ as they took her into custody.
NYPD office Jonathan Polanco Ortiz who had arrived to the crime scene in 2015, testified on Monday that the horrendous crime ‘left a mark on his soul.’
Ortiz said that Wade confessed to the grisly murder when she saw police.
When asked how many times she knifed Sutton, Ortiz said Wade responded, ‘As many times as I could.’
Sutton’s fiancé and father of her child, Patrick Bradley, attended the trial and listened to the awful details in court.
Bradley and Sutton had been together eight years at the time she was killed. He regularly posts photos of his daughter Jenasis on Facebook showing that she is happy and healthy.