Hush Little Baby Author:Jim Carrier It was almost too horrible to imagine. How could a nice, young Air Force wife like Darci Kayleen Pierce kill another woman and steal her baby? Yet something seemed terribly wrong that afternoon of July 23, 1987 when she arrived covered in fresh blood at an Albuquerque hospital emergency room. Darci claimed to have just given birth in her car to ... more »the premature infant crying in her arms, but refused all routine medical treatment. Suspicious of her story, the admitting staff called the police, and after hours of interrogation, the ugly truth became known. That morning, Pierce had kidnapped Cindy Lynn Ray, 23, a Mormon mother in her ninth month of pregnancy and driven her to a remote rural area. First strangling Ray unconscious, Darci used a car key to perform a crude Cesarean section on her, stole her baby, then left her to bleed to death.
Indicted for murder, Darci Pierce stood trial nearly nine months later amid explosive controversy over her motives. Judged mentally disturbed yet accountable for her actions, the 20-year-old woman was convicted on all counts and sentenced to 30 years in prison.« less