Reported By Forrest Sanders
A Bowling Green, Ky., woman, who had been pregnant, was found dead Thursday morning in a wooded area off U.S. 68 and Ky. 80 in the Oakland community.
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Kentucky State Police began the investigation Wednesday after a woman carrying a newborn baby showed up at the Bowling Green Medical Center.
During the course of the investigation, police later found the body of a 21-year-old woman in Oakland. The body was later identified as Jamie Stice of Bowling Green, the mother of the baby.
Kathy Michelle Coy, 33, of Morgantown, Ky., the woman who showed up with the baby at the hospital, was charged Thursday with kidnapping and murder in Stice's death. She was arrested and booked into the Warren County Regional Jail.
Coy and Stice were friends on Facebook. Stice's mother, Jeannie, said Coy had been hanging around her daughter a lot in the past three weeks claiming to be a caregiver with an organization called Bibs. Jeannie Stice said Coy drove her daughter around and did errands and that she never seemed strange.
"She was trying to make us think she was our friend," said Jeannie Stice.
Family members said Coy also helped pay rent.
James Reynolds, the baby's father, told Channel 4 News the infant was due May 24, and the child's name is Isiah. Reynolds said he was not living with Jamie Stice.
"Jamie was a loving girl, always happy, and just had a great personality. And now, because of this heinous crime, our son is going to have to grow up without a mother," said Reynolds.
The infant is now in NICU.
Police and family members have declined comment on how Stice's baby was born, only saying it was brutal.
"When he first got there, he was not in too good a shape," Reynolds said of his son, "but he's doing pretty good right now."
Coy's husband wouldn't give his name, but told Channel 4 they've been together for 10 years. He said Coy has two children, ages 12 and 13, who are not his and are now with Social Services.
Coy's husband said he isn't familiar with the Bibs organization that the victim's family said Coy worked for. He said the situation doesn't seem real and that he gives his deepest condolences to the victim's family.
He said he thought his wife was pregnant. Neighbor Darla Mueller said Coy picked up baby clothes and toys this week from her yard sale. Mueller said Coy did have a baby bump and that she didn't expect anything unusual.
"My husband calls and says, 'You need to watch the news. Something's going on with the next-door neighbor,'" said Mueller.
Mueller also said that Coy told her husband that he had to go into work Thursday even though he was sick. When he got to work, Coy called him and said the baby was coming, Mueller said.
She also said that her own daughter had a baby last year and she can remember Coy asking a lot of questions about the baby at the time.
Kentucky State Police is working with several departments to find more details.
Coy's arraignment is set for Tuesday.
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