INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) A 20-year-old woman pleaded guilty Friday to snatching a pregnant teenager she met online in a foiled plot to steal her unborn child.
Lauren Gash, of Odessa, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, assaulting and restraining 18-year-old Amanda Howard inside a Blue Springs motel room a year ago.
Prosecutors say Gash planned to cut Howard's baby from her womb, but The Kansas City Star reported on its Web site Friday that Gash and her lawyer said in court that the plan was to steal the baby after Howard delivered the infant.
Howard, of Clinton, gave birth to a healthy son two days after the attack.