Baby ripped out by ‘womb raider’, now 16, has ‘closure’ as mum’s killer executed

The baby who survived being ripped from her mum's uterus in 2004 finally has "closure" after the killer's execution, her family said.

Lisa Montgomery was given a lethal injection this week for the horrific crime, in which she strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett and pulled out her newborn daughter Victoria Jo.

Montgomery researched caesareans before driving 170 miles from Kansas to the Missouri home of heavily pregnant dog breeder Bobbie Jo under the guise of buying a puppy, the Mirror reports.

Officers found her the day after the gruesome killing, cradling the stolen baby at home while watching her own police appeal.

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In the early hours of Wednesday, the now 52-year-old was given the lethal injection at Terre Haute prison, Indiana, in America's first federal execution of a woman prisoner in 67 years.

Victoria Jo, who turned 16 last month on the anniversary of her mum's death, survived the ordeal and was raised by her dad Zeb.

Bobbie Jo's brother-in-law, Ace Stinnett, told The Sun the execution "brings us closure", adding: "Bobbie Jo would be happy."

Referring to Victoria Jo and Zeb, the 41-year-old said: "I don't speak to them about what happened, but she [Victoria] absolutely understands.

"She's 16 now, she's getting along good, happy and living a normal life, he [Zeb] is bringing her up well."

He went on to brand Montgomery "evil" and said he wasn't surprised she failed to apologise before being put to death.

A judge had initially postponed the execution on mental health grounds just hours before she was due to die.

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However, the US Supreme Court overturned this decision, with the murderer's legal representatives slamming the decision.

Kelley Henry, Montgomery's lawyer, called the pending execution "vicious, unlawful, and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power".

Multiple appeals had argued Montgomery was mentally ill and unable to comprehend the execution, following a childhood filled with abuse, including forced prostitution.

"The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight," Ms Henry said immediately after the execution.

"Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame.

"No one can credibly dispute Mrs. Montgomery's longstanding debilitating mental disease – diagnosed and treated for the first time by the Bureau of Prisons' own doctors."

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