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Andrea Curry-Demus: The raw face of baby desperation/obesession

In today’s news, Pa. woman claims she bought baby; Real mom sought, AP July 18th, ’08, we see the ugly face of the lengths some womyn will go to, to get a hold of a kid:

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police searched Friday for the mother of a newborn brought into a hospital by a woman they say first claimed she had given birth, then said she had paid $1,000 for the child. Authorities are concerned that the infant’s mother might be in danger or need medical attention.

Andrea Curry-Demus, who said she bought the baby after befriending the pregnant woman, has been charged with child endangerment. In 1991 she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received 10 years’ probation after stabbing a woman in a suspected plot to steal the woman’s infant.

“I’m sure there is concern that there could be an injured woman somewhere or if there’s a woman seeking treatment for her follow-up care after giving birth,” Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said Friday.

Be sure to see the rest of the article for more.

In this following piece we learn that Andrea Curry-Demus showed up at the hospital with the baby on Wednesday. Police searched an apartment that was passed off as hers by her sister on Thursday night. Today, (Friday) reporters called 911 “after smelling a foul odor coming from her apartment and seeing hundreds of flies buzzing behind the windows. ” At some point after the call, Police arrived at the correct apartment and found a body:

Body found in Wilkinsburg home of baby snatcher Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 18th, ’08

Authorities found a body inside the Wilkinsburg apartment of a woman who showed up at a Pittsburgh hospital this week with a newborn baby that isn’t hers.

Allegheny County police homicide detectives are at the Wilkinsburg home of Andrea Curry-Demus, 38, who was arrested after trying to pass the baby boy off as her own at West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield on Wednesday.

Police Chief Ophelia “Cookie” Coleman said authorities found a body face-down in a third-floor bedroom with hands duct-taped behind its back.

Wilkinsburg police claimed they had searched the Ella Street apartment Thursday night but reporters called 911 this afternoon after smelling a foul odor coming from the apartment and seeing hundreds of flies buzzing behind the windows.

Coleman said police were misled by Curry-Demus’ sister, who showed them the wrong apartment, which they searched earlier.

How the police were apparently unable to figure out Curry-Demus’ correct address while the media certainly could remains an unanswered question.

The police had apparently become increasingly concerned for the womyn who gave birth to the child (who arrived at the hospital with the umbilical cord still attached) over the course of the intervening days:

Wilkinsburg police had put out a bulletin asking law enforcement and hospitals in a 30-mile radius to keep an eye out for a woman who just gave birth and might be going by the name of “Tina.”

Coleman said concern for the infant’s mother intensified after investigators learned about Curry’s criminal history.

“After this woman’s past came to our attention we become very worried,” Coleman said.

Curry-Demus pleaded guilty in 1990 to aggravated assault after stabbing a Wilkinsburg woman in what authorities said was a plot to steal her infant.

The day after the stabbing, Curry-Demus abducted an infant from her room at Children’s Hospital. The baby was uninjured when police found her at Curry’s home the next day.

The story goes on to detail other charges Curry Demus had faced in the years between her initial attempt at baby taking (back in 1990) and this one:

Curry-Demus also pleaded guilty to retail theft charges in 2004 and 2006, according to court records.

Also see:

Mom Wannabes Who’ll Stop at Nothing ABC News, July 18th, ’08

This was one of a string of similar incidents that mental health experts say shed light on the rare phenomenon of females with a pathological desire to obtain a baby at any cost.


And this isn’t the first time she’s been tied to such a crime. She was charged 18 years ago in a plot to steal another woman’s infant, police told the AP.

Curry-Demus pleaded guilty in 1991 to aggravated assault after stabbing a Wilkinsburg woman in an alleged plot to steal the woman’s infant. Curry-Demus, then known as Andrea Curry, was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

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