artbodyap.jpgThe body of a woman found tied up with her uterus cut open inside a Pennsylvania apartment has been tentatively identified. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office told CNN late Saturday the body is that of Kia Johnson. Authorities will use dental records to definitely confirm the identity. The partially eviscerated body of the woman was found at the apartment of a Pennsylvania woman who arrived at a hospital with a newborn infant earlier in the week. A placenta was found at the scene, the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, medical examiner said.

The body “was in a state of moderate decomposition” and the woman had been dead for about two days, Medical Examiner Karl Williams said in a written statement. The woman’s hands and feet were bound by duct tape. The cause of death remains undetermined, Williams said. Drugs were found at the scene, and authorities are awaiting toxicology results to determine whether the woman was sedated, he said. It’s unclear whether the woman was alive when the infant was taken, he added. “The most important thing right now is to identify this individual,” said James Morton, assistant superintendent of Allegheny County Police. He said investigators are seeking dental records to help with the identification process.

The body was found Friday at an apartment in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, belonging to a woman with a history of attempting to steal newborns, according to court records obtained by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Andrea Curry-Demus, 38, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a felony, and dealing in infant children, a misdemeanor. Court records show that she was arraigned on the felony charge Friday and is next set to appear in court on Thursday. She is being held at the Allegheny County Jail, WTAE reported. According to a criminal complaint, Curry-Demus was taken by ambulance to a local hospital Wednesday with the baby, claiming it was hers. Tests at the hospital proved that she was not the mother, and police were notified. (Continue Reading…)

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