Police Identify Pregnant Woman Killed in Ohio Robbery, Child Rescued

January 2, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018    

A pregnant woman was among two people killed during a midnight robbery in Columbus, Ohio, police say.

Doctors at a local hospital managed to rescue the woman’s unborn child. A third man was seriously injured in the shooting and remains in critical condition, ABC reports.

Police identified the female victim as 21-year-old Marlazia Jones-Mattox and the slain male as 23-year-old Keith Brian Williams III. The man in critical condition remains unidentified.

The newborn was delivered at 35 weeks, homicide Sgt. Jeff Strayer told ABC. The boy was fighting for his life and later transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Dispatch reported.

Police were searching for a silver SUV with bullet holes on the passenger side, WDTN reported. Investigators believe the vehicle may be a Chevy Trailblazer.

A house on the 600 block of South Hague Street between Whitehead Road and West Mound Street was closed as investigators worked the crime scene.

Location of the 200 block of South Hague Street Marked on a map of Columbus, Ohio. (Screenshot via Mapquest)

Officers were called to the scene at 11:43 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, police say. Investigators believe the shooting started as a robbery. Jones-Mattox, the pregnant woman, was taken to Mount Carmel West Hospital, where she was declared dead, but her child rescued.

The mother-to-be had a baby registry listed on TheBump.com which included everyday necessities like diapers, a bottle warmer and a bassinet.

There are no suspects yet and police are asking the public to contact CPD Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477 with any information.

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