Warning: An abomination of a story ahead
Two of the happiest moments of a woman’s life are usually her wedding day and the birth of a child. Getting wed in front of your friends and family in attendance, in a perfect gown, with a huge celebration is something many girls dream of from the time they’re toddlers.
And having children? The miracle of creating life, caring for, teaching, and playing with a baby fills your heart with absolute joy. Watching them grow and develop personalities is something you value everyday.
For one woman in the Bronx, NYC, both of those came crashing down in a vile way when her childhood friend betrayed her in a brutal, unthinkable way.
Back in 2015, Angelikque Sutton, 22, was eight months pregnant and on her way to a courthouse to marry the love of her life, Patrick Bradley. That was when Sutton’s long-time friend Ashleigh Wade convinced Angelikque to stop by her home first as she claimed she had a present for the bride-to-be. There was no present.
Once Angelikque was inside the home, Wade cut Sutton’s throat to prevent her from screaming. Why? According to prosecutors’ statements during a trial which started October 3 of this year, Ashleigh wanted the unborn baby, which she proceeded to cut from Angelikque’s womb.
“This was an attack that took place in stages,” Assistant Bronx DA Meredith Holtzman told the jury during Wade’s trial for first-degree murder.
There’s always a little bit of jealousy in friendships — especially when it comes to momentous life events— but something in Ashleigh had clearly snapped.
For months she had been telling people she herself was pregnant. “She had baby clothes, baby shoes, diapers, formula, a crib, everything that an expectant mother would need, except a baby,” the assistant DA said.
Ashleigh’s defense attorney, Amy Attias, said that her client did not “intentionally” want to kill Angelikque and that “something could have gone horribly and terribly and tragically wrong within Ms. Wade’s own mind.”
“The defendant attacked Ms. Sutton by stabbing and slashing her repeatedly in the face and neck,” Holtzman said.
“The defendant cut Ms. Sutton’s larynx — her voice box. Ms. Sutton could not scream, could not say a word. She cut her major blood vessels.
What the defendant did to her next is almost unspeakable. Because after she had rendered Ms. Sutton unable to scream, unable to move, the defendant took a kitchen paring knife and sliced Ms. Sutton’s abdomen open at the bottom half.
Once she had cut Ms. Sutton’s abdomen open, the defendant cut Ms. Sutton’s uterus entirely out. She cut that uterus open, took baby Jenasis out, and discarded that uterus on the bathroom floor.”
Jurors were even shown the graphic photos of the aftermath of the murder.