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Fetal abduction, murder trial starts in Milwaukee

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Fetal abduction, murder trial starts in Milwaukee

By The Associated Press with the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Sep 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 17, 2012

MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee woman accused of killing a young mother by cutting her full-term fetus from her womb has begun standing trial nearly a year after the attack.

Jury selection began in the case of Annette Morales-Rodriguez.  She faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the October 2011 deaths of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and her fetus, a boy.

She has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Morales-Rodriguez had miscarriages and was desperate to give her boyfriend a son. They say she faked being pregnant, panicked as her supposed due date approached and settled on a plan to attack an expectant mother and raise the yet-unborn child as her own.

Ramirez-Cruz left behind a husband, two young daughters and a young son.

She was 23 when she died.