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DENHAM SPRINGS - A courtroom listened to disturbing testimony from one of the first Livingston Parish deputies to arrive at the home of Jeffrey Reynolds, the man accused of cutting his unborn child from his wife's body.

Detective Jeff Beatty with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office described what he saw the afternoon of October 23, 2012. Paula Reynolds family, also in attendance, cried during his revealing details.

He described Paula Reynolds laying on the floor with her stomach cut open and their baby dead on the floor next to her. Beatty, who has listened to the tape multiple times since that day says Reynolds called while attacking his wife. Having admitted to smoking herbal incense, Reynolds said he was going insane.

The phone was left off the hook when the attack happened. A man's voice is heard saying "I want to see it... let's kill it." Beatty said a woman is heard screaming in the background, saying she's pregnant and dying. The man's voice then says, "hurry up and die."

Reynolds was fidgety in court during Beatty's testimony. He remained silent in court, but had plenty to say as he exited the courtroom in handcuffs and body armor.

"I love my wife and son, and I thank all the people who gave their donations," said Reynolds. "I can't remember anything I did."

Neighbors of Reynolds say they're praying for him and his family. Joyce Bolen was outside when she heard screams coming from the home across the street and called 911.

"I think he's paid his dues, the hardest way a person could," said Bolen. "I would feel very safe if he would get out and move back across the street."


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