Jacqueline Williams told friends she was going to have a baby. Authorities say she accomplished that by concocting a plot with her boyfriend and another man to shoot and stab a pregnant woman.
According to police, they killed the former girlfriend of one of the men and stabbed to death her 10-year-old daughter, then sliced open the dead woman's abdomen with scissors and plucked out a healthy boy.
They abducted the infant, who was due to be born Monday, and the slain woman's 8-year-old son, then slashed the older boy's throat and dumped his body in an alley.
Hours later, Williams' boyfriend told a relative that she had given birth to a son.
"This is unimaginable," said Joe Birkett, chief of criminal prosecution for the DuPage County state's attorney. "You could not give a horror writer a better script. This puts 'Natural Born Killers' to shame in terms of violence."
A judge Monday ordered the three held without bond on charges of murder and aggravated kidnaping.
"I'd just like to know why I'm being charged," a disheveled Williams, 28, said as she appeared in court. Her boyfriend, Fedell Caffey, 22, and Levern Ward, 24, both of Wheaton, also were held in the DuPage County Jail.
They are accused of killing Deborah Evans, 28, and the two children. Another son, 17-month-old Jordan, was found unharmed in the apartment; authorities say Ward is his father.
The baby, named Elijah as his mother had intended, was said to be doing well at a hospital.
Terrence Forest said his cousin, Caffey, called him at 3 a.m. Friday "and said he just had a son." Prosecutors said Williams, the mother of three children, had been pretending she was pregnant so she could claim the newborn as her own.