A woman who was clubbed with a baseball bat before her pregnant belly was sliced open with a razor knife identified her assailant, but doesn't remember exactly when she was attacked, a prosecutor said Friday.
Valerie Lynn Oskin, 30, told investigators it was "definitely" Peggy Jo Conner who attacked her, Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said at a news conference.
Conner, 38, is jailed without bail on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and aggravated assault of an unborn child.
She is accused of hitting Oskin, her neighbor, with a baseball bat Wednesday, then driving her about 15 miles (25 kilometers) to a secluded, wooded area about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh and cutting Oskin's abdomen over a previous Caesarean scar.
Prosecutors said Oskin would have died if 17-year-old Adam Silvis hadn't come across the two women while out riding his all-terrain vehicle. He alerted his father, who called police. Doctors at a hospital in Pittsburgh performed an emergency Caesarean Wednesday to deliver the baby boy. The child is healthy, Andreassi said. Oskin's breathing tube was removed Friday as her condition improved.
One of the first things Oskin asked investigators Friday was if her child was all right, he said. Conner planned the attack, Andreassi said. Police said they found a bassinet and baby swing in her home, but said they don't know if Conner had been recently pregnant and lost the baby or had planned all along to take Oskin's baby.
Conner's preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday might be postponed because Oskin's injuries are severe enough she might not be able to testify by then, Andreassi said. Investigators don't know exactly when Oskin was hit with the bat because her recollection is spotty due to her head injury, he said. She remembers being hit, waking up later and being driven around by Conner, but doesn't recall the exact time line, AP reports.
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