Fetal Abduction Ruling: Guilty

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by Becky Mortensen

MILWAUKEE --- On the fourth day of trial, Annette Morales-Rodriguez was found guilty on two counts.

The jury took about an hour to deliberate and convicted the 34-year-old of first degree intentional homicide and first degree intentional homicide of an unborn child.

The unanimous verdict brought tears to the victim's husband, who was relieved to finally have justice.

He also said today was an emotional roller coaster because for the first time, he saw some gruesome pictures of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz's autopsy.

The Medical Examiner showed the pictures and said Ramirez-Cruz died of asphyxiation, head trauma and massive blood loss.

She went on to explain her hands were bound with duct tape and there was a plastic bag over her head.

Morales-Rodriguez confessed she lured Ramirez-Cruz to her house, attacked her with a baseball bat and suffocated her. She then cut her full term fetus from her womb to try and pass it off as her own.

This is why prosecutors insisted during closing arguments that this was not reckless homicide, but rather that Morales-Rodriguez had intent to kill Ramirez-Cruz.

Annette Morales-Rodriguez will face a judge again on December 14 for her sentencing.

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