Kathy Coy is accused of killing a pregnant woman she befriended and taking her baby.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A Kentucky woman on Friday pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing an expectant mother and taking her baby.
Kathy Coy of Morgantown cried as she entered the plea in Warren Circuit Court. Family and friends of the victim, 21-year-old Jamie Stice, looked on, all wearing pink ribbons.
Coy pleaded guilty to three counts — murder, capital kidnapping and kidnapping. The plea deal calls for her to receive life in prison without parole when she's sentenced March 1.
Stice's body found off a dirt road in Warren County near Bowling Green on April 14, a day after she was seen leaving her house with Coy. Authorities say Coy had befriended Slice and told her she would take her shopping. Instead, authorities say, she drove Stice to a wooded area, subdued her with a stun gun, slit Stice's wrists and throat and carved out her fetus.
Investigators said Coy showed up at a local hospital with the infant but showed no signs of having given birth.
According to court records, Coy first insisted that she had given birth to the baby, then claimed that she had bought the child. Police searched her home and found links to two pregnant women on Coy's Facebook page, one of whom was Stice. After further questioning, Coy led police to Stice's body.
The boy survived the attack and Stice's mother, Jeannie Stice, told The Associated Press on Friday he is healthy and thriving. The child lives with his father, she said, but Stice's family takes him every other weekend. In a recent photography, the chubby, smiling child was seen riding on his father's shoulders.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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