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Deputies: Texas mother-shooter snatched baby to hide miscarriage

Houston area detectives say a mother was shot numerous times and her son was kidnapped outside a pediatrician's office.

A Texas nurse accused of killing a mother and snatching her 3-day-old baby was trying to produce an infant for her fiancé after hiding a miscarriage from him, police said Wednesday.

Verna McClain, 30, acted alone when she attacked Kala Marie Golden, 28, of Spring, Texas, and took her son, Keegan Schuchardt, outside a clinic where the baby had a checkup Tuesday, police said at a news conference.


Montgomery County Sheriff's Office via Reuters

Verna Deann McClain is pictured in this booking photograph taken Wednesday.

McClain was charged with capital murder and was being held without bail after her first court appearance Wednesday, Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies said at a news conference.

The baby was recovered unharmed Tuesday night from the Harris County home of the suspect's parents by Texas Rangers. The baby was with the suspect's sister.

McClain told her fiance she’d had a live birth of his child, Montgomery County Sheriff Det. John Schmitt told reporters. A May wedding was planned, he said she told officers.

Investigators were interviewing the fiance but believed he had never seen the kidnapped baby, Schmitt said.

Investigators said McClain and her fiance are black, the kidnapped baby is white, but they did not know how McClain planned to pass the infant off as hers and her fiance's.

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In this undated family snapshot provided by the Schuchardt family, Kala Marie Golden, right, and her husband Keith Schuchardt are shown on their wedding day.

The baby was reunited with his family Wednesday.

Officials said McClain first approached two deputies as a helpful witness at an apartment complex where they found a Lexus described by witnesses as being the suspect’s vehicle. However, her story soon fell apart as they talked to her and she later confessed to the killing, officials said.

Police said McClain was being held in a single-inmate cell and was not under any suicide watch. McClain is estranged from her husband, with whom she had raised three children, Capt. Bruce Zenor said.

She had been working as a vocational nurse through a staffing agency, officials said.

The investigation was not over, officials said.

Earlier: Nurse charged with murder 

After his mother was brutally gunned down outside a Houston, Texas, pediatrician's office, a 3-day-old baby has been found safe. TODAY's Natalie Morales reports.

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