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Woman accused of slashing open pregnant woman indicted on attempted murder charge

A Suitland woman, who in December allegedly slashed open the abdomen of a pregnant homeless woman in an attempt to steal her baby, has been indicted by a Prince George’s County grand jury on charges of attempted murder and other offenses, State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said.

Veronica Deramous, 40, is also charged with kidnapping, first- and second-degree assault, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment in the attack on Teka Adams, 29.

Deramous lured Adams to her apartment and bound her with duct tape for several days| before attempting to remove her unborn child with a box cutter, authorities allege. The attempt didn’t work, and Adams, though seriously wounded, escaped Dec..6 and had her baby girl delivered by C-section.

— Ruben Castaneda

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 4, 2010; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Offbeat , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda , The Region  
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The Washington Post reported yesterday that 40-year-old Veronica Dolores Deramous was indicted by a PG County grand jury on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, two degrees of assault, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.

But once again, there’s nothing about her motive. Motives are usually so mundane, so boring, nobody’s interested -- Why did so and so shoot so and so? He hated him, He wanted to remove a witness. He was defending himself. Etc. Etc. Yawn.

But here, the crime is so weird, so awful. Why would someone tell people she was pregnant when she wasn’t? Why would she take in a poor homeless woman who was, no doubt, looking for a safe place to protect her baby? Why would she then duck tape her victim, try homemade surgery on her victim, lose nerve, and allow her victim to escape?

This was a desperate act. An inexplicable act. This is man bites dog. Why is the Post not interested in the motive???

I suspect Deramous is an illegal alien and she was seeking an “anchor baby” to gain a toehold on legal status or to hold on to a boy friend. She was also just slightly out of her cotton-pickin' mind.

Posted by: magapet7 | February 6, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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