Death row woman, 43, who strangled pregnant victim and cut baby from womb will be first female executed in 70 years

A DEATH row inmate who strangled a pregnant mum and cut the baby from her womb is set to the be the first woman executed in 70 years in the US.

US Justice Department officials have announced that Lisa Montgomery will be put to death by lethal injection on December 8.

Montgomery, 43, was sentenced to die over the vile killing of Missouri mum Bobbie Jo Stinnett in 2004.

The killer – who was faking being pregnant at the time -strangled the 23-year-old before using a carving knife to slice her baby out of her womb.

Thankfully the little girl, Victoria Jo Stinnett, survived the attack and is now 16-years-old.

Her execution will mark the eighth federal execution this year after the Trump administration restarted them after a 17-year pause.

She will be the first female federal inmate put to death in 70 years, since the execution of Bonnie Heady.

Heady kidnapped and murdered a 6-year-old boy back in 1953.

Justice Department officials saidMontgomery will be executed by the state at US Penitentiary Terre Haute in Indiana.

Montgomery met her victim online as she posed as "Darlene Fischer" and approached her saying she wanted to buy a dog.

She lied to Bobbie and said she was also pregnant, and the two bonded over their expected babies.

Bobbie was eight months pregnant, while Montgomery was falsely claiming to family and friends that she was full term.

Becoming friends, they arranged to meet on December 16 at Bobbie's home so Montgomery could buy a rat terrier.

The killer arrived at her victim's home in Skidmore and then strangled her with a neon pink rope.

Cutting the baby from victim's womb, the twisted Montgomery then attempted to pass of the child as her own.

Bobbie's mom discovered her remains later that day, and police tracked down Montgomery the next day to a farmhouse where she was with Victoria.

Victoria was returned to her dad Zeb Stinnett.

Montgomery's defense team tried to argue she was suffering delusions and couldn't distinguish right from wrong at the time.

Prosecutors however said the murderwas carefully planned, with Montgomery telling her husband she had gone into labor while shopping.

Montgomery had undergone a tubal ligation in 1990 after the birth of her fourth child – meaning it was impossible for her to have children.

She however repeatedly falsely claimed she was pregnant, despite her mum and sister telling her husband Carl Borman it was impossible.

The mom was due to face Borman in a custody hearing over two of their four children in January, one month after she committed the murder.

At the time, US Attorney John F. Wood said: "The only good thing that comes from this tragedy is that little Victoria is a healthy baby and is reunited with her family."

Her lawyer Kelley Henry argued Montgomery should not face the death penalty as she was mentally ill and had suffered abuse as a child.

She said: "Her severe mental illness and the devastating impacts of her childhood trauma make executing her a profound injustice."

However, the defense's pleas fell on deaf ears and she was sentenced to death for the brutal crime.

The last woman put to death, Heady, was killed using a gas chamber in Missouri for the kidnap and murder of Bobby Greenlease.

She and her accompliace Carl Hall snatched him from a Kansas City school after Heady persuaded teachers she was Bobby's aunt.

They sent Bobby's dad a ransom note demanding $600,000, which they he paid, but they shot the child dead and fled.

The boy's remains were found buried in her backyard after they were tracked down by cops before being executed in December, 1953.

Last year, Attorney General Bill Barr announced the first federal execution dates in 16 years – winning a legal challenge.

The President restarted federal executions as he positions himself as a law and order candidate amid a wave of racially-charged unrest across the US.

Montgomery's execution comes after the death Christopher Vialva who was administered a lethal injection despite his mom's pleas to Trump to spare him.

The justice department on Friday also scheduled a December 10 execution for Brandon Bernard, who was Vialva's accomplice.

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