A woman facing death row who strangled a pregnant mother and removed the baby from her womb is set to be the first woman executed in 70 years in America.
US Justice Department officials have stated that Lisa Montgomery will be put to death by lethal injection on December 8.
The 43-year-old was sentenced to death over the gruesome killing of Missouri mum, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23 in 2004.
Ms Montgomery who was faking being pregnant at the time, strangled the Bobbie Jo Stinnett before using a carving knife to slice her baby out of her womb.
Thankfully the little girl, Victoria Jo Stinnett, survived the attack and is now 16-years-old.
Her execution will mark the eighth federal execution this year after the Trump administration restarted them after 17 years.
Bobbie Jo Stinnett
The killer will be the first female federal inmate put to death in 70 years, since the execution of Bonnie Heady.
Bonnie Heady kidnapped and murdered a 6-year-old boy in 1953.
Justice Department officials said Lisa Montgomery will be executed by the state at US Penitentiary Terre Haute in Indiana.
The killer met her victim online as she posed as “Darlene Fischer” and approached her saying she wanted to buy a dog.
Ms Montgomery lied to 23-year-old and said she was also pregnant, and the two became friends over their expected babies.
Bonnie Heady was eight months pregnant, while Montgomery was falsely claiming to family and friends that she was full term.
After becoming pals, they arranged to meet on December 16 at Bobbie’s home so Montgomery could buy a rat terrier.
Ms Montgomery arrived at Bobbie Jo Stinnett’s home in Skidmore and then strangled her with a neon pink rope.
After cutting the child from her womb, Ms Montgomery then attempted to pass of the girl as her own.
Bobbie Jo Stinnett’s mother found her remains later that day, and police tracked down Montgomery the next day to a farmhouse.
The baby girl, named Victoria, was returned to her dad Zeb Stinnett.
Ms Montgomery’s defense team tried to argue she was suffering delusions and couldn’t distinguish right from wrong at the time.
Prosecutors however said the murder was carefully planned, with Montgomery telling her husband she had gone into labor while shopping.
Baby Victoria with her dad
Lisa Montgomery had undergone a tubal ligation in 1990 after the birth of her fourth child, meaning it was impossible for her to have children.
She still lied many times she was pregnant, despite her mum and sister telling her husband Carl Borman it was impossible.
Lisa Montgomery was due to face Borman in a custody hearing over two of their four children in January, one month after she committed the murder.
At the time, US Attorney John F. Wood said: “The only good thing that comes from this tragedy is that little Victoria is a healthy baby and is reunited with her family.”
Her lawyer Kelley Henry argued Montgomery should not face the death penalty as she was mentally ill and had suffered abuse as a child.
She said: “Her severe mental illness and the devastating impacts of her childhood trauma make executing her a profound injustice.”
However, the defense’s pleas fell on deaf ears and she was sentenced to death for the brutal crime.
The last woman put to death, Bonnie Heady, was killed using a gas chamber in Missouri for the kidnap and murder of Bobby Greenlease.
She and Carl Hall, her accompliace abducted him from a Kansas City school after Heady persuaded teachers she was Bobby’s aunt.
They both sent Bobby’s dad a ransom note demanding $600,000, which he paid, but they killed the child dead and ran away.
The boy’s remains were found buried in her backyard after they were tracked down by police before being executed in December, 1953.
Last year, Attorney General Bill Barr announced the first federal execution dates in 16 years, winning a legal challenge.
The President restarted federal executions as he positions himself as a law and order candidate amid a wave of racially-charged unrest across the US.
Lisa Montgomery’s execution comes after the death Christopher Vialva who was administered a lethal injection despite his mother’s pleas to Trump to spare him.
The justice department on Friday, October 16 also scheduled a December 10 execution for Brandon Bernard, who was Vialva’s accomplice.