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Woman's captor wanted her baby

On Dec. 2, Teka Adams, homeless in the District and nine months pregnant, climbed into a woman's car.

Adams believed the woman was taking her to a storage facility in Maryland to pick up donated baby items. Instead, the woman allegedly detoured to her Suitland apartment, attacked her with a box cutter and held Adams captive in an attempt to steal her unborn baby.

The Post's Liza Mundy and Matt Zapotosky re-examined this affair in a story Tuesday that will continue Wednesday with a second installment. From today's article:

From where she lay, Teka could see the doorway that led to the rest of the apartment. Her captor was on the other side. The woman -- sturdily built, about 5-foot-4 and maybe 10 years older -- never left Teka alone for long. She had not left the apartment or even showered, presumably afraid Teka would try to escape. At night, she slept on the floor near Teka, who had come to know her breathing. In a way, she knew her captor's behavior as well as she knew the dresser and the television and the carpet.
But why the woman was holding Teka -- what she wanted or intended to do with her -- was a mystery.

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By Washington Post Editors  |  June 15, 2010; 9:12 AM ET
Categories:  From the Post , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , The District , Updates  
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