(SPRING, Texas) — A woman arrested for killing a new mother and snatching her 3-day-old baby in the parking lot of a Texas pediatrician’s office will face capital murder charges, according to the Montgomery County district attorney.
The newborn, Keegan Schuchardt [pronounced ‘shart’], was found alive and well six hours after his 28-year-old mother, Kala Marie Golden, was killed Tuesday, according to police. The suspect in the killing, Verna Deann McClain, a 30-year-old mother of three, is in police custody.
The new mom was standing by her pickup truck outside the pediatrician’s office in Spring, Texas, around 2:40 p.m. when a car with a man and woman inside pulled up. There was reportedly an altercation, after which the woman got out and shot the mother repeatedly with what was believed to be a 9mm pistol, then took the baby and drove off.
“My baby, my baby!” Golden reportedly screamed as her infant boy was taken from his car seat.
As the mother lay dying in the parking lot, a description of the getaway vehicle and occupants was issued as an Amber Alert. Golden later died at a local hospital.
Police were led to the Fawndale Apartments in Houston, where sources said a SWAT team entered a unit and found a woman inside speaking on the phone with another woman. Investigators were then able to track the woman on the other phone to a home in north Harris County, where the infant Schuchardt was found.
An affidavit obtained by ABC News from the Montgomery County police states that McClain admitted to shooting Golden and taking the baby to her home in Texas’ Harris County.
According to the affidavit, McClain’s sister, Corina Jackson, had recently said that her sister would be adopting a baby soon. After she allegedly killed Golden and stole her newborn, McClain stated to her sister that she now had the child. McClain has three children ages 6, 10 and 16.
Schuchardt’s family members are now awaiting a full background investigation on them before the newborn is returned to their care, according to the Houston Chronicle, which reported that the baby’s father, Keith Schuchardt, and grandmother Linda Golden, arrived at Conroe Police Department late Tuesday.
“My daughter was brutally murdered protecting her baby. I think the baby should be given back to us,” Golden told The Chronicle. “We’ve had enough today. We would just like our baby back.”
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