Bonnie Petrie

Sentencing in Murder/Newborn Abduction Case

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A woman charged with killing a mother and abducting her newborn son last year avoids a possible death sentence by pleading guilty and accepting a sentence of life without parole. Verna McClain entered the plea Tuesday in a Conroe courtroom.

The Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon had said he would seek the death penalty against McClain for the April 2012 murder of 28-year-old Kala Golden-Schuchardt.

McClain was accused of killing the new mother outside a pediatric clinic in Spring and snatching her 3-day-old son, Keegan. He later was found safe with McClain’s sister. Investigators and McClain’s relatives said she had a miscarriage and was desperate to find a baby to pass off as her own.

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