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Woman Pleads Guilty in Womb Attack

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) -- A woman pleaded guilty Monday to attempted homicide, assault and kidnapping for trying to cut a fetus from her pregnant neighbor's womb.

Peggy Jo Conner, 39, was accused of plotting to steal Valerie Oskin's baby and pass it off as her own. Both Oskin and the baby survived after a boy on an all-terrain vehicle spotted the two women in a clearing.

Conner had been scheduled to go on trial Monday in Armstrong County when she pleaded guilty.

Authorities accused her of attacking Oskin on Oct. 13, 2005, with a baseball bat at her home, then driving her to a remote location and using a razor knife to cut her abdomen in an effort to remove her unborn baby.

The ATV rider who spotted the women told his father, who called authorities.

Oskin's baby was delivered by emergency Caesarean section and was put up for adoption, which had been Oskin's intention before she was attacked.

Conner initially had been charged with two counts of attempted homicide, but prosecutors withdrew the charge that alleged Conner intended to kill the unborn baby.


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