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Houston Woman Pleads To Killing Mom, Taking Baby

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)

CONROE, Texas (AP) — A Houston woman charged with killing a mother and abducting her newborn son last year is avoiding a possible death sentence by pleading guilty and accepting a sentence of life without parole.

Verna McClain entered the plea Tuesday at a court hearing in Conroe.

Montgomery County prosecutors had said they would seek the death penalty against McClain for the April 2012 slaying of 28-year-old Kala Golden-Schuchardt.

McClain was accused of fatally shooting the new mother outside a pediatric clinic in the Houston suburb of Spring and snatching her 3-day-old son, Keegan. He later was found safe with McClain’s sister. She told authorities McClain intended to adopt the child.

Investigators and McClain’s relatives said she had a miscarriage and was desperate to find a baby to pass off as her own.

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