Latest Tragic Details About The Murder Of Savanna Greywind, Who Was 8 Months Pregnant When Her Baby Was "Womb Snatched" By Her Neighbors

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The baby alive was found alive.

After a week of searching for 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and her unborn child, — who she planned on naming Haisley Jo — police in North Dakota confirmed that her body was found. 

About 9:20 p.m. Aug. 27, kayakers found the woman, who was eight-months pregnant, wrapped in plastic and hung on a log in a nearby river.

She went missing Saturday at her apartment complex when she went to her upstairs neighbor's apartment to help fit a dress. 

When she didn't return home, her mother got worried and went upstairs to check on her daughter. The woman who lived there said she had left already, but her mother knew something was wrong because Savanna's car was still in the parking lot. 

 

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Police arrested William Hoehn and Brooke Lynn Crews, the upstairs neighbors after they found Crews with a healthy 2-day-old baby girl. 

Crews was found cleaning blood up in their bathroom and told police, "This is our baby, this is our family."

She also said Savanna had come to the apartment to learn how to induce labor early and returned a few days later to give Crews her baby. 

Prosecutors believe the couple planned to murder Savanna and raise the baby as their own, even though they have at least nine children between them already. 

Though police are still waiting on DNA testing to confirm it, they believe the baby is Savanna's child. That belief is based on information that Crews and Hoehn gave them. The baby girl is currently in protective custody until they get the results back confirming Savanna was the mother. 

During the three searches of Hoehn and Crews' apartment, police found no sign of Savanna or her child.

A farmstead near the river where Savanna's body was found is being treated as a crime scene.

On the property is an abandoned house with barns that hasn't had an official address in years. 

Police say the owner of the barn is being cooperative, but the suspects in custody are not. 

“The team that was searching, when they went to the house, they found some things that were very, very suspicious,” said Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. “That’s what brought us there.”

This past weekend, Savanna's boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, pleaded for his girlfriend to come home. They had been together for six years. 

 

“All I wanted was a life with Savanna and my baby,” he said. “But they took it from me. My world’s gone, man. They took my world from me.”

Though police believe the baby is Savanna and Ashton's, he still hasn't been able to see it. He was told the results from the DNA would take a week to produce. 

 

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“It breaks my heart,” Matheny said. “They’re admitting it’s (our) baby. I guarantee if I saw it I could tell whose child is. It doesn’t matter what I think. They have guidelines and procedures. It’s frustrating, man.”

Hoehn and Crews are each facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and providing false information to law enforcement. 

Also, this isn't the first time Crews has had an encounter with an infant. Roxane Cartwright told Informum that Crews approached her and her baby girl at a restaurant a year ago. 

She said that Crews walked up to her table, trembling and said, "She's exactly what I want." 

"Her eyes were huge, she was fixated on my daughter," Cartwright said. "It was the most bizarre situation I've ever been in."

 

According to charging documents, Crews applied for a court-appointed attorney because she's been out of work since 2014 due to an "illness." It's not known at this time what that illness is. 

Hoehn was convicted in 2012 for child abuse and again in 2016 for domestic assault, which involved Crews.

Because police found evidence that they were looking at travel websites, they believe they were going to flee. 

 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, dating, relationships and everything in between. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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