Taylor Rene Parker Trial: Woman Convicted of Murder After Cutting Baby Out of Friend

A Texas woman has been convicted of capital murder for killing a pregnant friend to take her unborn baby.

A Bowie County jury in Northeast Texas deliberated for about an hour Monday before finding Taylor Rene Parker, 29, guilty of murdering Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, and kidnapping her daughter in October 2020 womb and later died.

The verdict of a jury of six men and six women comes after three weeks of sometimes gruesome testimony.

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Parker’s attorneys argued the baby never lived and moved to have the kidnapping charges dismissed, which would have reduced the murder charge to murder.

“That’s why we spent so much time on definitions in the opening statements. You can’t kidnap a person who wasn’t born alive,” attorney Jeff Harrelson said in his final argument before the jury.

However, prosecutors said several medical professionals testified that the child had a heart attack at birth. They also recounted Parker’s actions leading up to the day Simmons-Hancock was killed.

“We methodically laid out what she (Parker) did, why she did it, all the moving parts and all the collateral damage. The best evidence the state of Texas has that the baby was born alive is that Taylor Parker said it wasn’t,” prosecutor Kelley Crisp said.

Taylor Rene Parker, 29, was found guilty of the October 2020 murder of Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, and the kidnapping of her daughter, who was cut from her womb and later died. Recognition: AP

Associate prosecutor Lauren Richards recounted all of the masquerades Parker performed for various people, including the pregnancy she faked before the murder.

“In the last two weeks, the evidence has never been so conclusive,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards told jurors.

“She’s a liar, a manipulator, and now she’s being held accountable for it.”

She reminded the jury of how Reagan was hit in the head at least five times with such force that the blows pushed her skull into her brain.

“The pain Reagan must have felt when Taylor started cutting open her stomach, waist to waist… beyond words,” Richards said.

“When Taylor had the baby and Reagan was still alive, Taylor started hitting and cutting. She can’t let her live. It wasn’t a quick death. She just kept cutting them. I guess Reagan wouldn’t die fast enough for Taylor to get out of there and get on with her plans.”

The punishment phase is scheduled to begin on October 12. Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty, although the jury can opt for a life sentence without parole.

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