Woman who cut the unborn baby from her pregnant victim's womb is set to be the first woman to be executed by the US government in almost 70 years

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  • A woman convicted of strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open, and kidnapping her baby is due to become the first woman executed by the US federal government in 67 years.
  • Lisa Montgomery, 52, is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection on December 8 at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • Montgomery was convicted of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, in Skidmore, Missouri, on December 16, 2004.

A woman who strangled a pregnant victim, cut her body open, and kidnapped her unborn baby is due to become the first female prisoner to be executed by the US federal government in 67 years.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection on December 8 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to the Department of Justice.

She is the only woman on the federal government's death row, The Guardian reported.Advertisement

Other women have been executed in the US in the past few years, but not under the federal death penalty.

That punishment applies in all US states and territories but is used rarely compared with state executions, according to the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center.

Montgomery was convicted of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, in Skidmore, Missouri, on December 16, 2004.
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Stinnett was eight months pregnant when Montgomery began speaking with her after meeting her in a chatroom, according to DailyMail.com.

According to a summary published by the DOJ, Montgomery arranged to meet Stinnett at her home, ostensibly to buy a puppy, but instead killed her. The description said: "Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett — who was eight months pregnant — until the victim lost consciousness.Advertisement

"Using a kitchen knife, Montgomery then cut into Stinnett's abdomen, causing her to regain consciousness. A struggle ensued, and Montgomery strangled Stinnett to death.

"Montgomery then removed the baby from Stinnett's body, took the baby with her, and attempted to pass it off as her own."

DailyMail.com reported that the child survived and is now 16 years old.Advertisement

The DOJ said that Montgomery later confessed to the killing and was convicted in 2007 after a jury trial in the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

The conviction was for federal kidnapping resulting in death, which can carry the death penalty.

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