North Dakota Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison After Killing Pregnant Neighbor and Cutting Out her Baby

Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind (Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind/Facebook)
Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind (Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind/Facebook)

A Fargo, North Dakota, woman was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for her part in the grisly death of a pregnant neighbor, who was killed after her baby was removed from her womb, PEOPLE confirms.

At the afternoon hearing for Brooke Crews, prosecutors shed light on the final moments in the life of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old who had dreamed of becoming a registered nurse and who was eight-months pregnant when she was killed in August.

Miraculously, her child survived the attack with minimal physical trauma. The baby is now in the custody of her father, who was LaFontaine-Greywind’s boyfriend.

The details released in court on Friday were the first significant new information in months in a case that has made international headlines.

Prosecutors said at the sentencing that Crews, 38, admitted she cut LaFontaine-Greywind’s infant daughter out of her body in a kind of crude caesarean section, the state’s attorney’s office in Cass County, North Dakota, confirms to PEOPLE.  The attack occurred on Aug. 19, not long after Crews lured the younger woman to her third-floor apartment in the building where they both lived, according to prosecutors.

Cass County prosecutor Tanya Martinez told the court that the defendant said she pushed LaFontaine-Greywind after some kind of altercation and LaFontaine-Greywind hit her head, rendering her unconscious.

According to fellow prosecutor Leah Jo Viste, Martinez then said in court that Crews told police, “I grabbed either a utility knife or a blade” — and, as LaFontaine-Greywind was drifting in and out of consciousness, Crews removed her child from the womb, prosecutors said.

“I did cut [LaFontaine-Greywind] and then I took her baby out of her,” Martinez said that Crews told police.

Then Martinez quoted Crews as saying that LaFontaine-Greywind “was not dead when I cut the baby out of her.”

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