There has been a spate of similar grisly stories of pregnant women being attacked, their fetuses cut from their wombs. The attackers are typically other women who are desperate to have a child.
Last year, two Midwestern women were convicted of attacking women to steal their unborn children.
One of them, Lisa Montgomery, was sentenced to death for killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23.
Montgomery had gone to visit Stinnett at her Missouri home in 2004 under the guise of being interested in Stinnett's rat terrier puppies when she strangled the pregnant woman with a rope and used a kitchen knife to cut her baby girl from the womb.
The baby was found alive and later reunited with her father.
Last summer Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong attacked expectant mother Araceli Gomez in Washington state, binding her hands and feet and cutting out her unborn son before stabbing Gomez to death.
The baby survived the attack and police say Synhavong later claimed the little boy was her own.