85 Years For Killer Who Cut Baby Out Of Pregnant Woman

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

This woman has been sentenced to 85 years in prison after killing an expectant mother before cutting out her unborn child and taking it to hospital claiming it was hers.

Killer Cynthia Fatima has been handed 85 years behind bars for murdering Jessica Gabriela, 20, who went missing on 27th March 2018 when she was eight months pregnant in the city of Tampico, in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Fatima murdered the expectant mother as she wanted to steal her unborn child as she had faked her own pregnancy. She then used the tot to claim she had suffered a stillbirth, the court heard.


It is unclear if the baby was dead when it was cut from the woman stomach or whether it died later.

The victim had gone missing after telling her mother that she was meeting a woman who had contacted her on Facebook offering to donate some clothes for the baby.

Four days after the victim went missing Fatima walked into the Carlos Canseco General Hospital carrying a dead baby and claiming she had suffered a miscarriage.


Doctors were suspicious and alerted the authorities. Police officers then went to Fatima’s house and found the victim’s body inside a bag hidden under a bed. The victim had reportedly died from a stab wound to the abdomen.

Investigators found that in December 2017 Fatima, who was not pregnant, had shared a picture on social media posing with her husband, identified as Omar Enrique who was touching her belly.

In January 2018 she posted a photo of a pregnant belly, saying she was entering the final countdown to having her baby with her.


Two days before she walked into the hospital with the dead tot, Fatima had posted on social media saying that she had lost her child.

Fatima was also ordered to pay an unspecified amount of compensation to the victim’s family.

It is unclear why she faked the pregnancy.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.