New details were known about the murder of Reagan Hancock, a young pregnant woman whose abdomen was cut by an alleged friend to extract and steal her baby. The incident occurred in a neighborhood in New Boston, a small town east of Dallas.
In the court document of the accusation against Taylor Rene Parker, the suspect in the death of Hancock and the kidnapping of her baby, it is read that the body of the young pregnant woman was discovered by her mother, Jessica Brooks, who called 911. When local police officers arrived on the scene, the woman was screaming that someone had killed her baby.
New Boston police officers entered the house located in the 200 block of Austin Street and saw the body of the young woman, lying on the floor of the living room, face down, and a large amount of blood everywhere, according to the information contained in the indictment against Parker.
“There was blood on the floor, furniture, walls, appliances, and other items in the house,” the court document reads.
Mrs. Brooks identified the body as that of her daughter Reagan Michelle Simmons, also known as Reagan Michelle Hancock, and informed them that she was 34 weeks pregnant.
The officers called rescuers to the scene to verify the condition of the child, but when they arrived and turned the body of the young mother they noticed that she had cuts on her abdomen and she was no longer carrying the baby in her womb. Someone had ripped open her belly and taken the baby she was expecting.
Taylor Parker, 27, was pulled over at a traffic stop while driving her vehicle on a nearby highway.
The patrolman who detained Parker reported that Parker was carrying the newborn baby on her lap and had the umbilical cord tucked between her pants, to make it appear that she had just given birth. The uniformed man said the woman was performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the child and then she and the baby were taken to a hospital in Idabel, a town in Oklahoma. The baby did not survive.
Hospital medical staff verified that Parker had not given birth and called authorities. An officer from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) came to the hospital and began investigating. During an interrogation with Parker, she admitted that she had a physical altercation with Hancock and that she abducted her baby.
In the course of the investigation, detectives interviewed Parker’s boyfriend, who told them that he should have arranged to meet her at the hospital that day because of the “birth” of his own son. The woman had pretended to be pregnant and they had even had a sex reveal party.
“Parker admitted on questioning that she was never pregnant and that she removed the baby from Hancock’s womb using a scalpel, which she then hid inside the young mother’s neck,” says a separate indictment. That scalpel was discovered during the autopsy on the victim’s body.
OSBI agents and Idabel police detectives arrested Parker on charges of murder and kidnapping a baby, in connection with the Reagan Simmons-Hancock case in Texas. The defendant was taken to the local jail and is awaiting extradition to Texas.
Acquaintances of the victim created a Paypal account to raise funds and help the family with the costs of the funeral.
“Reagan Hancock and her unborn baby were selfishly murdered by someone Reagan considered a friend. We are trying to raise money for her husband Homer and their daughter,” says on the collection page, titled Reagan Hancock (& baby), which is five days has raised more than $ 20,000.
The Reagan Simmons-Handock case is reminiscent of that of Marlen Ochoa, 19, a Chicago resident, who was kidnapped and murdered to get the baby she was about to give birth. The authorities managed to discover the alleged perpetrators of the crime and both are in prison awaiting trial.