Taylor Rene Parker Texas woman sentenced to death in killing of Reagan Hancock, pregnant New Boston mom and unborn child.
She was desperate to stop her then boyfriend from leaving her… so she hatched on a plan….
It took a jury, compromising of six men and six women in Bowie County, about 150 miles east of Dallas, less than two hours in deliberations before handing down the fatal sentence for 29-year-old Taylor Rene Parker, TXK Today reported.
Parker was convicted of capital murder on Oct. 3 in the killing of her friend, Reagan Michelle Simmons-Hancock, 21, of New Boston and her infant daughter, Braxlynn Sage Hancock on Oct. 2020.
Wednesday’s death sentencing followed more than two months of witness testimony, with prosecutors reminding the jury of the heinous nature of the crime which itself qualified for death row status.
She’d faked her pregnancy but eventually needed a real baby
At the time of the attack, on the morning of Oct. 9, 2020, Parker crushed Simmons-Hancock’s skull with a hammer and stabbed her more than 100 times in her home before removing her baby from her womb with a scalpel. Parker fled with the infant — a girl who later died.
Parker, who was infertile and had led her then boyfriend to believe she was to give birth that day with their baby after pretending for months to be pregnant – had to come up with a baby- at any cost.
‘My only biological sister. You need to understand what you took from me and my family. No more celebrating her birthday. I was barely 19 when I got the call my sister was gone,’ Emily Simmons, the victim’s sister, said to Parker in an emotional victim impact statement before jurors began deliberating, the Texarkana Gazette reported.
‘She will never be my maid of honor. If I visit my sister I have to go to a graveyard and see a headstone. I will never get a text or phone call her from again.’
Simmons-Hancock’s mother, Jessica Brooks, called Parker an ‘evil piece of flesh demon.’
‘My baby was alive still fighting for her babies when you tore her open and ripped her baby from her stomach,’ the mother said.
In the 10 months leading up to the murder, Parker had faked her own pregnancy in an elaborate scheme to prevent her boyfriend from leaving her, prosecutors said. She wore pregnancy disguises, faked ultrasounds, posted about her pregnancy online and even threw a gender reveal party for the fake baby.
Researched fake pregnancy and delivering babies
Parker, who could not conceive after a hysterectomy, told her boyfriend she would be induced to deliver the baby on the day of the murder. Prosecutors said she intensively researched how to fake a pregnancy and watched numerous videos on delivering babies preterm at 35 weeks (eight-and-a-half months), which is how far along Simmons-Hancock was when she was killed.
After the attack, Parker left Simmons Hancock’s 3-year-old daughter alone with her dying mom.
Parker was pulled over after she was observed speeding by a Texas State Trooper in De Kalb shortly after the attack.
After her sentencing, Parker was slated to be moved to the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas, where the state houses its female death row inmates, court officials told TXK Today. She is entitled to appeal her sentence.