Man charged in homicide of woman, unborn child in Racine

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A 43-year-old Racine man is facing charges in the homicide of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. 

William Bunch has been charged with first degree intentional homicide and first degree intentional homicide of an unborn child. 

Officers responded to St. Patrick Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive on Oct. 8, 2021 after a landlord reported finding his tenant deceased. 

The victim, identified by family as 31-year-old Vanessa Anderson, was nine months pregnant with a baby girl and was expected to have a C-section just 10 days later.

According to a criminal complaint, DNA testing showed that Bunch was the father of the child.

Investigators spoke with an individual who stated that Bunch had asked to borrow a crowbar, saying he needed it to break into Anderson's home in order to kill her and take care of the situation or his wife would leave him.

He allegedly said he had gained entry through a window and beat Anderson with a bat, and that Anderson tried to run out of the door but Bunch pulled her back inside and stabbed her. 

Bunch is currently being held on $1,000,000 bond. 

A preliminary hearing is set for June 29.

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