The increase in reports of pregnant women being killed in order to steal their baby
over the past decade has become horrific....
PITTSBURGH -The sister of a woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and cutting a baby from her womb led police to the wrong unit when they went to search the suspect's apartment, authorities said Monday.
Officials were deciding whether to file charges against Andrea Curry-Demus' sister, whose name could not immediately be verified.
Curry-Demus, 38, is charged with homicide, kidnapping and related charges in the death of Kia Johnson and in obtaining the baby. She was being held at the Allegheny County jail, and authorities did not know whether she had an attorney.
Curry-Demus and Johnson apparently met at the jail last week while visiting different inmates, police said.
According to police, Curry-Demus initially told investigators that she paid $1,000 to a pregnant woman named Tina for her baby. Curry-Demus was taken into custody on a child endangerment charge. Authorities found Johnson's remains Friday after reporters at the apartment building called police about a foul odor.
Johnson may have been alive and was possibly drugged when the baby was ripped from her womb, authorities said.
Authorities are awaiting toxicology tests, which are expected to take several weeks, to determine whether Johnson had been drugged.
The baby is at West Penn Hospital. The Allegheny County medical examiner, Dr. Karl E. Williams, had said Saturday that the baby was "apparently doing well."
A preliminary hearing for Curry-Demus had not been scheduled.