By Dave Andrusko
This story is so ghastly it took me an extra day to write it up. Back in late 2015 we first reported on then 22-year-old Ashleigh Wade who had murdered Angelikque Sutton, her nearly nine-month-pregnant friend and then used a paring knife to cut her baby out of her womb in a crude caesarian-like maneuver. Miraculously her baby girl, named Jenasis, survived.
Ms. Sutton had stopped by Wade’s home to pick up baby items on her way to her wedding ceremony.
After being convicted on second degree murder and kidnapping convictions last month, on Wednesday Wade was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. People Magazine reported
During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Meredith Holtzman told the jury that Wade faked a pregnancy in 2015 when she lured her friend, Angelikque Sutton, to her home. When Sutton arrived, Wade slashed her in the face and neck, cutting her larynx so that she couldn’t scream. Although Sutton fought back, she bled to death.
Subsequently, Holtzman told the jury, Wade took a paring knife to Sutton’s abdomen and cut out her uterus, removing the baby. …
Holtzman told the jury that Wade wrapped up the newborn and fed her a bottle of formula. She then told her boyfriend that she’d just had a baby — but that she’d done a bad thing.
The testimony was so graphic, so unsettling that one juror reportedly passed out.
During the trial, Wade—whose ruse had been to pretend to be pregnant – -testified she’d reconnected with her childhood friend Sutton on social media. “Police said at the time that Wade was taken into custody screaming that the child was hers,” CBS New York reported. “In her apartment, police say they discovered a knife and placenta.”
ABC7 Chicago reported that before handing down her sentence Bronx Supreme Court Justice Margaret Clancy said “Jenasis will tragically be scarred by her birth.”
“Where is my mommy? How did she die? When did she die? Her birth will be forever tainted.”
Clancy called the attack “calculated, cunning and brutal,” and dismissed defense attorney Amy Attias’ repeated assertions Wade suffers from mental health issues.
“These actions were not impulsive, they were carefully planned and researched,” the judge hissed. “The cutting of the uterus with precision shows she studied how to research and kill Angelikque.
For her part, Wade cried hysterically. “I’m so, so sorry,” she said. “No words can say how sorry I am. I’m sorry for hurting so many people. I wish I knew why.”
Now two years old, Jenasis lives with her father.