This is pretty sick.
19-year-old Lauren Gash wanted a baby. She wanted one really, really bad.
She wanted a baby so bad that she told everyone that she was pregnant, that the dad had run out on her. As proof, she had sonogram pictures with her name in the corner.
To celebrate the imminent arrival of Lauren’s fictitious baby, her family threw her a baby shower.
Now she HAD to have a baby, and soon.
Why she couldn’t get one the old-fashioned way, I don’t know. She had posted online that she had been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Maybe she was worried about that.
Maybe it was just that nobody would touch her, but I doubt it.
Some people will touch anyone.
She even joined mingles.com, a matchmaking site, looking for love. Here’s Lauren Gash’s profile there.
You never know. Maybe there she would have found Mr. Right, or at least a sperm donor.
Instead, she responded to 18-year-old Clinton, Missouri resident Amanda Howard’s ad on Myspace requesting baby clothes. Amanda was nine months pregnant and due to deliver her baby boy at any time.
On July 30th, Lauren Gash and her friend Alisa Betts met with Amanda Howard at a gas station in Clinton, Missouri.
Lauren suggested that they drive Amanda to get some baby clothes, then drive her home. This sounded like a good idea to Amanda, so she jumped into the car and they were off.
While they were driving, something Lauren Gash said spooked Amanda, who pulled out her cell phone. Lauren was quicker on the draw, pulled out a can of mace and sprayed the pregnant girl in the face with it. While Amanda was gasping in pain, Lauren told her that if she calmed down and did what she was told, her and her baby would be ok.
Lauren and Alisa stopped at the Interstate Inn in Blue Springs, Missouri and went to room 1105 – the hotel room that they had been staying at for two days. Why Amanda went with them at this point, I don’t know. Nine months pregnant, she probably would still have been able to run faster than those two.
Once they were all up in the room, Alisa and Lauren gagged Amanda with a rag and duct tape, and then tied the pregnant woman’s hands behind her back.
Then Lauren straddled Amanda’s chest, put her big ol’ meathooks on either side of the girl’s head and tried to snap her neck by twisting her head back and forth.
Fortunately, other than a few popping sounds and some pain on Amanda’s part, nothing happened, which is to be expected. It’s very hard to snap someone’s neck.
While Amanda was having her neck twisted, 17-year-old Alisa Betts decided that this might not have been such a hot idea after all. She left the room and called the cops, telling the 911 dispatcher that there was a woman giving labor and screaming in room 1105.
Blue Springs Police Officer Brandon Shrout arrived. Alisa Betts opened the door, telling him that her friend was having labor pains. Officer Shrout, looking at the scene, didn’t quite believe the story.
Well, for starters, the woman with supposed “labor pains” was in the bathroom with duct tape around her neck and rope marks on her wrists. That and she was telling Shrout that she had been kidnapped.
A quick search around the room by Officer Shrout turned up duct tape, scissors, a tarp, a syringe of insulin and, most interestingly, a birth certificate from Center Point Hospital with the name “Johnny Gash” on it.
Out came the handcuffs, and Alisa Betts and Lauren Gash were in custody.
While Gash and Betts were being carted away, Lauren’s father Donald arrived and told police that she had called him to tell him that she’d had her baby and named him Johnny.
Amanda Howard was rushed to the hospital, where a sonogram showed her baby was ok. She gave birth on the first of August, 2007.
When Gash had arrived at the police station an officer asked her if she was pregnant, because she was wearing maternity clothes. She replied, “Not anymore.”
During interrogation, Alisa Betts told investigators that Gash had told her that two men – “Jonathan and David” – were going to cut the baby from Amanda Howard and leave her there to die.
This is a much different story than the one Alisa had told Officer Rob Olson while she was being handcuffed. She had told him that they were keeping Howard in the hotel room so the baby’s father could come take the baby when it was delivered.
Weird how the stories differ.
Alisa Betts was charged with assault and felonious restraint.
Laura Gash was charged with kidnapping, two counts of assault, and felonious restraint.