A Texas woman, Taylor Rene Parker sentenced to death for murdering a pregnant woman and ripping out her unborn child was sentenced on Wednesday.
A jury of six men and six women in Bowie County, about 150 miles east of Dallas, deliberated for less than two hours before handing down the fatal sentence for 29-year-old Taylor Rene Parker, TXK Today reported.
Taylor Rene Parker was found guilty of capital murder on Oct. 3 in the heinous murder of Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, and her infant daughter in New Boston in October 2020.
“My only biological sister. You need to understand what you took from me and my family. No more celebrating her birthday. I was barely 19 when I got the call my sister was gone,” Emily Simmons, the victim’s sister, said to Parker in an emotional victim impact statement before jurors began deliberating, the Texarkana Gazette reported.
“She will never be my maid of honor. If I visit my sister I have to go to a graveyard and see a headstone. I will never get a text or phone call her from again.”
Simmons-Hancock’s mother, Jessica Brooks, called Parker an “evil piece of flesh demon.”
“My baby was alive still fighting for her babies when you tore her open and ripped her baby from her stomach,” the heartbroken mom said.
Prosecutors said Parker faked her own pregnancy in the 10 months leading up to the murder in an elaborate scheme to keep her boyfriend from leaving her. She disguised herself as pregnant, faked ultrasounds, posted about her pregnancy online, and even threw a gender reveal party for the phony baby.
Parker, who had been unable to conceive following a hysterectomy, informed her boyfriend that she would be induced to give birth on the day of the murder.
Prosecutors claim she spent hours researching how to fake a pregnancy and watching videos on delivering babies prematurely at 35 weeks, which is how far along Simmons-Hancock was when she was killed.
Parker crushed Simmons-skull Hancock’s with a hammer and stabbed her more than 100 times in her home on Oct. 9, 2020, before removing her baby from her womb with a scalpel. Parker fled with the baby, a girl who died later.
Parker was scheduled to be transferred to the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas, where the state houses female death row inmates, court officials told TXK Today. She has the right to appeal her sentence.