It doesn’t happen often, but on rare occasions I am without words. This is one of those times.
According to law enforcement officials, an 18-year-old girl in Arizona has admitted to attacking her nine-months-pregnant friend in an attempt to steal her unborn child.
Kassandra Toruga of Maricopa was apprehended by firefighters at her friend’s home while in possession of butchers knives, scissors, diapers and a bag of baby clothes.
Toruga, who has a history of mental illness, was fixated with babies, telling friends she was pregnant and used an ultrasound image as her MySpace profile picture, according to KPHO TV in Phoenix. Saying she wanted a baby of her own, Toruga admitted to police she planned to perform an amateur C-section.
Her friend has since given birth to the baby without incident. Toruga is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond on charges of first-degree attempted murder, arson and burglary. The arson charge stems from a fire she set to her friend’s closet during the attack.
Pregnant women worry about many things, but having a violently mentally ill friend trying to steal their unborn child isn’t on the regular list of concerns, thankfully. And thankfully her friend and baby escaped alive. Here’s hoping Toruga gets the help she so desperately and clearly requires.
Image: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office