- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A 29-year-old homeless woman has given birth to a girl after, police said, she was befriended by a Maryland woman who held her captive for several days and tried to cut the baby from her womb.

Officer Michelle Reedy, a spokeswoman for Prince George’s County police, said Veronica Deramous, 40, of Suitland, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, false imprisonment and other, related charges. Police said Miss Deramous befriended Teka Adams at a Southeast Washington homeless shelter and persuaded her to come to her apartment on Dec. 1 with a promise of baby clothes and other items for the unborn child.

Once there, Officer Reedy said, Miss Deramous bound the woman, who was in her third trimester. Days later, the woman escaped after Miss Deramous tried to cut the unborn baby from her body, Officer Reedy said.

“She bound the victim’s hands and proceeded to try to cut the victim’s abdomen to try to get the baby out,” she said. “They believe she wanted the victim’s baby.”

Police said Miss Deramous told some people that she was pregnant even though she was not.

Police said Miss Adams is expected to recover. Her daughter, named Miracle Sky, was delivered by emergency Caesarean section.

When police found Miss Adams, her “abdomen was cut and her intestines, stomach and placenta were exposed,” according a police report. In the apartment, officers found bloody towels and a bowl with water and washcloths on a bedroom floor. They also found a box cutter and some razor blades, which they think Miss Deramous used to cut Miss Adams, Officer Reedy said.

According to the police report, Miss Deramous had her 17-year-old son hold Miss Adams’ hands behind her back as she bound her with duct tape and then held her in a bedroom for several days. Her son has not been charged.

On Saturday, Miss Deramous told Miss Adams: “You’re strong, you can handle what I’m going to do to you,” the report said. She then turned up the volume of the TV in the bedroom, gagged Miss Adams and began to cut her abdomen open. Miss Adams moaned in pain and Miss Deramous stopped, police said.

While Miss Deramous slept early Sunday, Miss Adams freed herself and fled the apartment. She went upstairs and knocked on doors until a neighbor called police. Miss Deramous’ son told police that after his mother saw Miss Adams outside, the two women began fighting and neighbors came out, the report said. Miss Deramous and her son then left before police arrived.

Miss Deramous was later arrested in Arlington County. She remained in Virginia on Tuesday while she awaits being transported to Maryland to face the charges. There was no attorney listed for Miss Deramous on online court records and prosecutors did not know of one.

AP writer Sarah Karush contributed to this report.

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