"WOMB raider" Lisa Montgomery is hours away from being the first woman put to death by the federal government in almost 70 years.
Montgomery, 52, was convicted of strangling a pregnant woman to death, cutting out her baby and kidnapping the child in Missouri in 2004.
She is expected to be given a lethal injection on Tuesday unless she is granted a reprieve by President Donald Trump.
Montgomery may make history as the last woman to be executed by the federal government, as incoming president Joe Biden has said he wants to do away with the death penalty.
Trump, on the other hand, has been a staunch supporter of capital punishment. The federal government under his administration executed 10 people in 2020 alone, more than all the states combined.
Only five states carried out executions in 2020, and only one – Texas – carried out more than one.
The federal government is set to carry out three more executions – Montgomery, as well as Cory Johnson and Dustin Higgs – before Trump leaves office on January 20.
Montgomery will be the fifth woman put to death by the US government in history if the execution on Tuesday moves forward.
The last woman to be executed by the government was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953.
Montgomery was convicted of murder in the horrific 2004 attack of 23-year-old dog breeder Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
She reportedly pretended to be a pregnant woman named "Darlene Fischer" to bond with Stinnett, and went to her home pretending she wanted to buy a dog.
"Once inside the residence, Montgomery attacked and strangled Stinnett – who was eight months pregnant – until the victim lost consciousness," the Department of Justice said.
She then began cutting into the victim's abdomen, the DOJ said. When Stinnett regained consciousness, Montgomery strangled her to death before removing the baby.
The child miraculously survived and Montgomery tried to pass the baby off as her own, even telling her husband she had given birth.
When Montgomery was taken in, the baby was given back to her father. She's now 16 years old.
Montgomery's legal team has insisted that she was not represented properly in her previous trials, according to Metro.
They argue that while there is no question of her guilt, her severe mental health issues and extreme sexual abuse she was subject to as a child was not taken into account.
Her legal team has pleaded with Trump to grant her clemency.
The administration is not expected to comply, given its track record when it comes to executions.
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