Couple Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder of Mother who Just Gave Birth
Speculation over "Womb-Raiding" and Induced Pregnancy Emerges
After an extensive search, the body of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind was found wrapped in plastic in the Red River In Fargo, North Dakota. The investigation started when police, reacting to a tip, found a newborn in an apartment unit in the city.
Two suspects, Brooke Lynn Crews (38), and William Henry Hoehn (32) have been arrested and appeared in court today. The couple resided in the same apartment complex as Greywind and will face three charges each of conspiracy to commit murder and to commit kidnapping, and providing false information to law enforcement. The charge of conspiracy to commit murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole, while the kidnapping charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Although police have said they have no other suspects, few details have been released. Reportedly, investigators have been searching a farmstead site located on the Minnesota side of the river (the river separates the states of Minnesota and North Dakota) and have found “suspicious items.” The issue is whether the crime occurred (crime scene) at the river site or somewhere else. The location of the crime scene could determine whether Minnesota, North Dakota or the Feds have jurisdiction.
Details about signs of trauma to the body were not released inviting speculation as to whether the crime involved “womb raiding” or forced induction. The body was being sent to the medical examiner in Ramsey County, Minnesota for an autopsy.
The baby was with Crews when she was arrested. DNA testing is being conducted to confirm that the newborn is Greywind’s baby. Forensic experts are working to determine the manner of birth.
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