Woman Described As Obsessed With Motherhood Charged With MurderAP , Associated Press
Jul. 28, 1987 11:33 AM ET
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A woman described as being obsessed with motherhood was charged with murder and kidnapping in the slaying of a pregnant woman whose child was removed by crude surgery.
Darci Kayleen Pierce, 19, on Monday was ordered held under $500,000 bond at the Bernalillo County Detention Center by state District Judge James O'Toole. A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 6.
Mrs. Pierce is charged in the death Thursday of Cindy Lynn Ray, 23, who was reported missing after she went to a clinic at Kirtland Air Force Base.
A preliminary autopsy report released Monday indicated Mrs. Ray died from being strangled and from a severe loss of blood when the baby was cut from her, said Bob Hlady, Office of the Medical Examiner spokesman.
Mrs. Pierce appeared calm as her husband, Raymond, and other family members watched the arraignment silently from a crowded room separated from the courtroom by a one-way glass.
Mrs. Pierce, who has no children, was arrested Friday, several hours after she arrived at the University of New Mexico Hospital with a newborn infant girl. She told authorities there she had just delivered the child and wanted the baby checked.
Hospital personnel, alerted that Mrs. Ray had been reported missing hours earlier, examined Mrs. Pierce and determined she had not given birth. The child was in good condition.
Mrs. Pierce led officers to Mrs. Ray's body in the Manzano Mountains, east of Albuquerque, police said.
Assistant District Attorney Harry Zimmerman said investigators believe Mrs. Pierce acted alone.
Medical officials said the 6-pound, 8-ounce baby girl, who was named Amelia and has been taken home by her father, wasn't injured during the crude delivery.
Police said although the husbands of both women are stationed at the Air Force base, the women apparently did not know each other.
The Oregonian newspaper reported in its editions today that the Pierces' landlord in Portland, Velma Stockton, described the couple as ''just the loveliest couple.''
''She had an obsession with motherhood, and that's the worst thing I could say about her. They were very nice people,'' Ms. Stockton said.