Annette Morales-Rodriguez, 33, called 911 saying she’d just given birth to a baby in her living room and that the baby wasn’t breathing. When officers arrived they found the full-term baby boy dead. Both Rodriguez and her dead son were taken to the hospital.
An autopsy was performed on the baby on Friday, the deputy medical examiner revealing the baby had not been born naturally as the uterus was still attached to the baby as were parts of ovaries. His findings were that the infant had been cut out by force and died because his mother had died.
Since Rodriguez was very much alive, having walked out of the hospital after refusing to be examined, police brought her back for a medical exam, which would show she’d not given birth, and then to the police station for an interview. It’s then they would learn the horrifying, sickening truth about the dead baby and the fate of the baby’s real mother.
Rodriguez explained that her boyfriend was desperate for a son, but that she was unable to have children. So she lied and told him she was pregnant. Since that was impossible and it was time to produce a baby or admit the truth, she hatched a gruesome plan to obtain a baby of her own. On Oct 6, she went driving around looking for a pregnant woman and happened upon 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, who was 38 to 42 weeks pregnant.
Rodriguez asked Cruz if she needed a ride, which Cruz accepted. She took Cruz to Walgreen’s then stopped at her own home under the guise of needing to change shoes. Cruz went inside as as well so she could use the restroom. I could gloss over what happened next, but I think people should know exactly what kind of monster Rodriguez is and the terror Cruz, a married mother of three other children, experienced. The following comes directly from the criminal complaint, and be warned, it’s disturbing stuff.
“When Maritza Ramirez-Cruz came out of the bathroom the defendant hit Maritza RamirezCruz several times in the head with a baseball bat. Maritza fell against the wall and fled into the bathroom. The defendant Annette Morales-Rodriguez followed her into the bathroom and pulled Maritza Ramirez-Cruz out of the bathroom. Maritza ran into the living room and Annette Morales Rodriguez picked up the bat again and hit Maritza a third time in the head. This broke Maritza’s glasses and Maritza fell down and struck her head on a table.
The defendant Annette Morales Rodriguez then straddled Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, who was on her back. Annette Morales-Rodriguez, using her right hand squeezed Ramirez-Cruz’s throat. Ramirez-Cruz fought back and Annette Morales-Rodriguez restrained both of Maritza RamirezCruz’s hands by kneeling on them. Annette Morales-Rodriguez, using both of her hands, squeezed Maritza Ramirez-Cruz around the throat until she was no longer conscious.
Annette Morales-Rodriguez retrieved duct tape from her room, using it to bind Maritza Ramirez-Cruz’s hands and feet, as well as placing pieces of the tape over her mouth and nose. She then placed a plastic bag over Ramirez-Cruz’s head, because blood was coming out of her mouth and nose.
Annette Morales Rodriguez then dragged Maritza Ramirez-Cruz to the hallway by the bathroom. She then took an Exacto knife and cut Maritza Ramirez-Cruz’s abdomen. She cut Maritza at the bikini line attempting to duplicate the process she had seen on the Discovery Channel, depicting a cesarean section birth.
Annette Morales Rodriguez stated she cut her fingers while cutting the baby out of Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, and showed the detectives the cuts on her hands. When Annette Morales Rodriguez cut open Maritza the amniotic fluid came out of Maritza’s stomach, and when Annette Morales Rodriguez took the baby out of the stomach the baby was not breathing.
Annette Morales Rodriguez then cut the placenta out. Annette Morales Rodriguez then dragged Maritza Ramirez-Cruz into the basement and concealed her body by the hot water heater.”
She then called 911 about her unexpected delivery. Using this info, police went back to Rodriguez’s home and found Cruz’s body in the basement. Rodriguez has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide while armed and first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child while armed. If she’s convicted, she will face two mandatory life sentences.
Cruz’s stepmother said that Cruz, her husband and three children had moved from Puerto Rico to Milwaukee last November in hopes of building a better life.Tags: Annette Morales-Rodriguez, Crime, Maritza Ramirez-Cruz, pregnant, Wisconsin