A pregnant homeless woman who had been held hostage for five days in Washington escaped after her captor tried to cut the unborn baby from her womb, police said.
Authorities said Veronica Deramous, 40, met the pregnant woman at a homeless shelter on 1 December and convinced her to go to her apartment where she would be given baby clothes. While there Deramous attacked and tied up the woman, before trying to cut out the unborn baby days later.
"She bound the victim's hands and proceeded to cut the victim's abdomen to try to get the baby out," said Officer Michelle Reedy, a spokeswoman for Prince George's County police.
It's thought that at some point, Deramous fell asleep and her victim managed to flee the apartment, the officer said. Police answered a call on Sunday, 6 December and later found the woman bleeding from cuts.
The victim was expected to recover, while her baby girl was eventually delivered by emergency Caesarean section, police added. The baby was named Miracle Sky.
Deramous was arrested in Virginia's Arlington County, after authorities received a tip-off. She will be transported to Maryland to face the charges of attempted first-degree murder and false imprisonment, among others.