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Fetus Survives Killing of Mother

"Have a great evening. Bobbie."

Forensics agents in Kansas City tracked the address to a Qwest Communications account in Virginia, where security staffer Melissa Erwin traced the traffic to a server in Topeka, Kan., according to the affidavit.

Erwin then located the Kansas phone number where the dial-up connection was made and did an Internet search that showed the telephone was registered to Kevin Montgomery on South Adams Road in Melvern.


Bobbie Jo Stinnett of Skidmore, Mo., was found slain in her home Thursday. Stinnett's baby girl, who apparently was cut from her womb, was found in good health Friday. Two people were in custody. (Todd Weddle -- St. Joseph News-press Via AP)

The FBI began to watch the house. Soon, a dirty, red Toyota Corolla with Kansas tags pulled up. When agents went to the door, they found Kevin and Lisa Montgomery and a newborn baby girl.

Kevin told agents, according to the affidavit, that he arrived home at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday and took a call from his wife. She said she had been shopping in Topeka and had gone into labor.

Piling into his pickup truck, Kevin and his two teenagers met Lisa and the baby in a parking lot of a Long John Silver restaurant and brought them home. One of the teenagers drove the Corolla.

Lisa told her husband she had delivered her baby on Thursday at the Birth and Women's Center in Topeka, according to the affidavit. The FBI checked and was told no birth had been recorded there that day.

"After being advised of her constitutional rights and having waived those rights," Arnold wrote under oath, "Lisa Montgomery thereafter confessed to having strangled Stinnett and removing the fetus."

She also said she had lied to her husband, Arnold said.

Espey, who credited the Amber Alert system for saving the baby, said he could not get his mind around the day's events.

"It's unconceivable," Espey said. "I'm overwhelmed with the fact that we're going to be able to get this baby back."


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