Couple Killed Pregnant Woman to Seize Her Child: Police

Investigators find remains of Ashley Bush, 33, and fetus in Missouri
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2022 4:15 PM CDT
Couple Lured Pregnant Woman With Job Ad to Get Baby: Police

A Missouri couple has been charged after, authorities say, they lured a pregnant woman with a job ad in a plot to take her child. A McDonald County prosecutor said Ashley Bush, 33, who was 31 weeks pregnant, appeared to have been shot Monday, NBC News reports. Investigators said the remains of Bush and the fetus were found in different locations in Missouri. The fiancé of the Benton County, Arkansas, woman told investigators that he and Bush had met a woman who offered to drive her to a job interview at a company in Bentonville, per the AP. The driver instead took her to Pineville, Missouri, authorities said.

Amber and Jamie Waterman, who are married, are in custody in McDonald County and charged with first-degree kidnapping, per CNN. Officials said other charges will be filed. Missouri law allows a second murder count in the death of a pregnant woman, the prosecutor said. Bush had children ages 8, 7, and 2. "People do evil things," Nathan Smith said. "That someone would prey upon a pregnant woman at her most vulnerable state is unimaginable." (More homicide stories.)

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