Woman found guilty of killing pregnant friend to steal baby in the Melrose section of the Bronx

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Friday, October 6, 2017

MELROSE, Bronx (WABC) -- The woman charged with cutting out the unborn child of a friend of hers, and then claiming the baby belonged to her, has been found guilty.

Lured with the promise of a baby gift, prosecutors say 22-year-old Angelikque Sutton dropped by the home of Ashleigh Wade to pick up a present for her unborn daughter on her way to the courthouse to get married in November 2015.

Instead, prosecutors said her throat was slashed so she couldn't scream for help, the major blood vessels in her neck were cut and she bled out.

Angelikque Sutton

Wade used a paring knife to deliver baby Jenasis.

The grisly murder case was laid for a jury at the Bronx Criminal Courthouse.

The jury convicted Wade of second-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping after a nearly two-week long trial.

Wade, who was a childhood acquaintance of Sutton, killed the eight-and-half-months expectant mother in order to kidnap her unborn child.

Wade faked a pregnancy to her boyfriend, family and on social media. She had diapers, she had baby clothes, she had baby shoes, but she didn't have a baby. For that she needed Sutton.

In the trial, prosecutors showed jurors bloody photos from inside Wade's apartment.

They call the stabbing calculated saying, "She took a great deal of care to avoid the abdomen. The defendant needed Ms. Sutton to die and she needed Jenasis to live."

In her defense, Wade's attorney could only argue that, "many of the facts are not in dispute. There could have been something that went horribly wrong in Ashleigh Wade's own mind."

Wade now faces a maximum of 50 years to life in prison. She's set to be sentenced on October 20th.