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Sheriff: "Gruesome" scene where baby cut from mother

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Posted: Oct 23, 2012 3:20 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 6:12 PM
Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office

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Topics: walker, livingston, parish, custody, stabbing, pregnant, woman, fetus, cut, man, arrest

WALKER - Livingston Parish authorities charged a man with feticide and attempted murder after they said he stabbed his pregnant wife this morning, and cut her unborn child from her.

"It's a gruesome scene," Sheriff Jason Ard told News 2, "very challenging for our investigators."

Ard said his investigators charged Jeffery Reynolds with first-degree feticide and second-degree attempted murder in connection with the incident this morning at his home on Milton Road outside Walker.

Sheriff's office spokesperson Lori Steele said a call about a stabbing came in around 11:15 a.m. from the residence. Neighbors told News 2 they heard yelling and a commotion from the residence, and when investigators arrived Steele said they found Reynolds had used "a utensil" to remove the fetus, which died despite attempts by EMS to revive it.

Ard said Reynold's wife is in stable condition at a local hospital. The couple has another child who was in school when the incident happened. The sheriff also said they were not aware of any prior calls to the residence or involving the couple for domestic violence.

An autopsy for the fetus is scheduled for tomorrow.

News 2's Kristy Davis is on the scene and will have more details tonight at 6 and 10.

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