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Published July 21, 2008

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THIS is the serial child snatcher suspected of cutting o

pen a pregnant woman's womb and stealing the baby. Andrea Curry-Demus, 38, has been charged with homicide, unlawful restraint and kidnapping over the shocking incident, police in the US state of

Pennsylvania say.

It comes just weeks after a similar sickening case in Washington. Curry-Demus, of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania,allegedly killed Kia Johnson, 18, after they spent time visiting inmates at a jail. Curry-Demus is accused of taking the baby boy to a Pittsburgh hospital and claiming it was her own. News agencies have today revealed that the accused ha

s a past history of evil baby-stealing - but was still allowed to walk the streets a free woman. In 1990, Curry-Demus, then known as Andrea Curry, was accused of stabbing a woman in an alleged plot to steal the woman's infant. A day after that stabbing, Curry-Demus snatched a 3-week-old baby girl from a hospital. The baby was found unharmed with Curry-Demus at her home the next day. Curry-Demus pleaded guilty in 1991 to various charges from both incidents and got three to 10 years in prison, according to court records.

She was paroled in August 1998. Johnson's body was found on Friday in Curry-Demus's apartment. The body was positively identified through dental records, Allegheny County Medical Examiner Karl Williams said today. Police said in court papers that video surveillance at the Allegheny County Jail from last Tuesday afternoon showed Curry-Demus talking with Johnson, of McKeesport, for several minutes. The women were at the jail visiting different inmates, police said. The clothing Johnson was seen wearing on the surveillance tape was consistent with the garments found on her body, police said.

Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said the jail was the last time Johnson was seen alive. Curry-Demus had denied meeting Johnson,

police said in court papers. Curry-Demus showed up at the hospital on Thursday with a newborn that still had the umbilical cord attached, police said. Tests later proved that she was not the mother. Police said Curry-Demus then said she bought the baby for $US1000 ($A1030) from the baby's mother. The baby was "apparently doing well," Williams said yesterday. The hospital would not release any information about the boy's condition.


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