A mother whose pregnant daughter was killed by a woman who hacked the unborn child out of her womb has spoken about the harrowing ordeal.
Brooke Crews lured Savanna Greywind, 22, to her apartment when Savanna was eight months pregnant in August 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota.
Crews, 39, who lived upstairs from Savanna, cut the infant out of her womb with a carpenter’s knife and left the nursing assistant to bleed to death on the bathroom floor.
With the help of her boyfriend William Hoehn, Crews hid Savanna’s body in a closet.
Incredibly, Greywind’s daughter, Haisley Jo, now 18 months, survived the horrific makeshift C-section.
The pair pretended Haisley was their own daughter and even took her for a late night shopping trip to Walmart as cops searched for the missing mother.
Crews later admitted that she attacked Savanna to steal her unborn child, because she believed a baby would salvage her rocky relationship with Hoehn.Dad 'hurled terrified boy, 5, off deep pier into ocean to teach him how to swim'
She was sentenced to life without parole for the grisly slaughter. Hoehn, 34, will serve life with the possibility of parole for kidnapping Haisley and lying to police.
Norberta Greywind, 40, was with her daughter the day of the murder and watched as Savanna left the basement apartment they shared to meet Crews in her home on the third floor to model a dress for her.
The mother recalled that her daughter expressed concern, and said: “The last time I saw her, she was walking towards the door.
‘She said to me: “Mom, you don’t think this woman is crazy, do you?”
“I said: ‘No, I don’t.” As she went upstairs, she texted me saying that she ordered pizza and it should be there soon. That was the last time I heard from her.’
Inside the apartment, Crews attacked Savanna with a carpenter’s knife and cut the baby out of her as she lay on the bathroom floor.
Horrifyingly, Savanna was alive, drifting in and out of consciousness, during the sadistic attack.
Crews told police: ‘She was not dead when I cut her and took her baby out of her.’
Crews left Savanna to bleed to death as she cooed over the baby. She later admitted that she attacked Savanna and stole her baby in an attempt to save her relationship with Hoehn.
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When Hoehn realized that Crews was lying about the pregnancy, she claimed in court that he told her to ‘produce a baby.’
She she said took that as ‘an ultimatum’ and decided to attack Savanna for her baby and pretend it was her own.
Hoehn said he walked into the bathroom on August 19 2017 to find Savanna’s bloodied body on the floor and Haisley swaddled in towels in a mixing bowl on the top of the toilet.
Instead of going to the police, he stripped down to his underwear, cleaned up Savanna’s blood and hauled her body into garbage bags which he secured with electric tape and rope.Drug kingpin El Chapo setenced to life plus 30 years in prison
The couple hid the body in the bathroom closet and went back to fussing over the baby.
Downstairs, Norberta grew worried when Savanna did not return in time to drive her brother Casey, 18, to work an hour later.
She went upstairs and knocked on Crews’s door but there was no answer.
Ten minutes later her husband Joe, 41, a roofer, knocked on the door.
She said: ‘Brooke answered and told my husband: ‘We’re not done yet. He thought she meant with the dress.’
When Norberta went upstairs for the final time, Crews calmly told her that Savanna had gone for a walk.
She said: ‘I knew that wasn’t true. Her feet were swollen, she was miserable, it was hot and I knew she wouldn’t be out walking. Her car was here, her wallet and everything.’
Norberta repeatedly called and texted Savanna’s phone and contacted her partner Ashton Matheny, 23, a cashier, to ask if he had seen her.
Felling something was amiss, she telephoned the police and drove around the block desperately looking for her heavily pregnant daughter.
When Norberta bumped into Hoehn in the hallway of the building later that day, he dismissed her concerns.
“I stopped him and said: ‘Which way did Savanna go?’” she recalled.
“He said: ‘I don’t know.’
“I said: ‘Where’s the phone?’
‘It was like he brushed me off.’
Hoehn even complained to police that the Greywind family was ‘terrorizing’ him by asking where Savanna had gone.
Police searched Crews’s apartment later that day and shockingly they did not discover Savanna’s body or Haisley.
Hoehn later told police that he had moved Savanna’s body to a hollowed out dresser and during one search he had hidden Haisley in a suitcase in the apartment.
Two days after the brutal murder, the couple drove Savanna’s body to Red River where they dumped her in the water.
Hoehn, who already had a 15-year-old daughter, and Crews, who had given birth to seven children all of whom had been removed from her care, continued happily pretending that Haisley was their own daughter.
He told police: “That baby made me a happy little family man in two days.
‘It was great. I never thought I would ever experience that again, man.’
Five days after the murder, Norberta returned from a prayer vigil for Savanna when she saw detectives at her apartment building.
She said: “They told us to go across the street and that they had a search warrant.
‘My neighbors below Brooke and William screamed out of the window: “There’s a baby”…from that point, I don’t know what I was thinking…I knew right there that it was my granddaughter. I still hoped that they would find Savanna.’Elderly stroke victim's eyes bulged out of her head after care home sex attack
Haisley was taken to hospital and placed in the care of social services until a DNA test confirmed that she was indeed Savanna and Ashton’s child.
Norberta was not allowed to see the baby for four days as authorities waited for DNA tests.
Norberta’s hopes to be reunited with her daughter finally died on August 27 when Savanna’s body was discovered, shrouded in plastic, in Red River, eight days after her disappearance.
She was identified by the tattoo on her foot which read: ‘Too beautiful for Earth’ and had been sliced from hip-to-hip.’
Norberta struggled to comprehend what Crews had done to her daughter.
Crews pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and providing false information to law enforcement and was sentenced to life in prison.
Hoehn pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and giving false information to law enforcement but insisted he played no part in Crews’s plot to kill Savanna.
Crews testified that she had not informed Hoehn of her plan to kill Savanna and claimed he was surprised to walk into the bathroom and find the bloody scene.Gang carved out man's heart for defacing their graffiti
But, she added, he fetched a rope, twisted it around Savanna’s neck and said: ‘If she wasn’t dead before, she is now.’
A coroner could not determine whether Savanna died of blood loss or strangulation and Hoehn was acquitted of conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole.
Norberta said: “I do feel that justice has been served. I was disappointed that they found William not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder but I feel better knowing that he was given the maximum sentencing for the kidnap.’
Now Norberta and Joe share custody of little Haisley with her father Ashton.
She said: “We have her probably four to five days a week. She’s a happy baby and she’s also very spoiled.’