Taylor Rene Parker
A 29-year-old Texas woman has been handed a death sentence on Wednesday, Nov. 9, for murdering a pregnant woman and ripping out her unborn baby.
Taylor Rene Parker was convicted of capital murder on Oct. 3, 2022, in the killing of Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, and her infant daughter in New Boston in Oct. 2020.
On the morning of Oct. 9, 2020, Parker crushed Simmons-Hancock’s skull with a hammer and stabbed her more than 100 times in her home before removing her baby from her womb with a scalpel. Parker fled with the baby girl who later died.
Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock
A jury of six men and six women in Bowie County deliberated for less than two hours on Nov. 9 before handing down the death sentence for Parker, TXK Today reported.
Emily Simmons, the victim’s sister, said to Parker in an emotional victim impact statement before jurors began deliberating: "My only biological sister. You need to understand what you took from me and my family. No more celebrating her birthday. I was barely 19 when I got the call my sister was gone.
"She will never be my maid of honor. If I visit my sister I have to go to a graveyard and see a headstone. I will never get a text or phone call her from again."
Simmons-Hancock’s mother, Jessica Brooks, called Parker an "evil piece of flesh demon."
The heartbroken mum said: "My baby was alive still fighting for her babies when you tore her open and ripped her baby from her stomach''.
In the 10 months leading up to the murder, Parker had faked her own pregnancy in an elaborate scheme to prevent her boyfriend from leaving her, prosecutors said.
She wore pregnancy disguises, faked ultrasounds, posted about her pregnancy online and even threw a gender reveal party for the fake baby.
Parker, who could not conceive after a hysterectomy, told her boyfriend she would be induced to deliver the baby on the day of the murder.
Prosecutors said she intensively researched how to fake a pregnancy and watched numerous videos on delivering babies preterm at 35 weeks, which is how far along Simmons-Hancock was when she was killed.
After her sentencing, Parker was slated to be moved to the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas, where the state houses its female death row inmates, court officials told TXK.