Texas woman waives extradition in pregnant woman’s slaying

Texas woman waives extradition in pregnant woman’s slaying
This Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 photo provided by the Idabel, Okla., Jail shows Taylor Parker. Oklahoma authorities said Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, that Parker, arrested on suspicion of killing a pregnant Texas woman and removing the baby from the victim's womb, has waived extradition. (Source: Idabel Jail via AP)

IDABEL, Okla. (AP) — A woman suspected of killing a pregnant woman and removing the baby from the victim’s womb appeared in an Oklahoma courtroom Tuesday and waived extradition to Texas.

Taylor Parker, 27, of Simms, Texas, appeared in McCurtain County District Court and agreed to be sent to Bowie County, Texas, said Brooke Arbeitman, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Parker is wanted in Texas for the death of 21-year-old Reagan Simmons-Hancock, who was found dead Friday with her baby removed from her body. The baby also died.

Arbeitman said she did not know if Parker had an attorney who could speak on her behalf. She said Parker is jailed in Idabel, about 190 miles (306 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City.

Simms was stopped by a Texas state trooper in DeKalb, Texas, on Friday and said she had given birth on the side of the road and that the baby was not breathing, Arbeitman said.

Simms was then taken to a hospital in Idabel, where the baby was pronounced dead, Arbeitman said.

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