WORCESTER, Mass. — The boyfriend of the Massachusetts woman accused of kidnapping a baby girl who had been cut from her slain mother’s womb said he was convinced he was the infant’s father, and was stunned when police moved in on the couple.
Alex Dion, 27, of Worcester, Mass., was with Julie Corey and the infant when she was arrested in New Hampshire. Dion was released after questioning.
“I am so confused. I don’t know what to think. I thought I had a brand-new daughter,” Dion said in an interview with the Boston Herald.
Dion said Corey told him she was pregnant shortly after a breakup in October. The couple had dated on and off for about two years.
He said Corey told him on July 23 that she was taking the slain women, who was a friend, to the store. She then called him several times later that night, saying she had gone into labor and her water had broken, Dion told the newspaper. He said early on July 24 Corey called to say she had given birth to a baby girl at a Framingham hospital. Dion told the paper he called both their families with the news.
Corey, 35, was ordered held on $2 million bail in New Hampshire on Thursday, one day after being found with the 4-pound baby girl at a homeless shelter.
She is accused of kidnapping the infant carried by Darlene Haynes, a 23-year-old mother of three who was eight months pregnant and found dead Monday in her Worcester apartment. Authorities said Haynes had head trauma, but an exact cause of death had not been determined. It was not until an autopsy that authorities discovered the fetus was missing.
“We were sitting in the car and we were talking and the baby was in the back seat,” Dion said, recounting the arrest. “I look up and I see a gun in my face.”
Dion said he was taken to a state police barracks, where he learned of the murder investigation.
Corey has not been charged in Haynes’ death, and Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said investigators are still trying to determine who was involved.
A neighbor said Corey and Dion lived in the same apartment building where the victim’s body was found, but moved out before Haynes moved in.
Corey and Dion knew Haynes through Roberto Rodriguez, her estranged boyfriend and father of her 18-month-old daughter, who is now in state custody.
Relatives say Haynes had two other children, Jasmine, 5, and Lillian, 3, who are being raised by her mother.
The baby was in good health and is in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Early said. A custody hearing is scheduled for Monday in Worcester Juvenile Court. Early said several people are seeking custody of the baby.
Dion’s relatives told the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester that they met the baby at a family gathering Saturday, and something didn’t seem quite right. They told the newspaper Corey said she had been in labor for 20 minutes and returned home five hours later. She appeared to be breast-feeding under a blanket although there was a bottle of formula nearby. The baby’s umbilical cord also did not look like it had been cut by a doctor and was tied with a ribbon, not a clamp, they said.
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