THE BRONX — The woman charged with stabbing her pregnant friend and carving her baby out of her stomach was ordered held without bail on Friday during a video arraignment from the hospital where she is being held for psychiatric evaluation.
Ashleigh Wade has been charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon for killing Angelikque Sutton by stabbing her several times on Nov. 20 around 12:30 p.m. at 4450 Monticello Ave., according to the criminal complaint.
She is due back in court on Jan. 5, according to the Bronx District Attorney's Office.
The 22-year-old Sutton was eight months pregnant when Wade, also 22, cut open her stomach and took out her baby, police said.
Sutton was pronounced dead at Montefiore Medical Center, but her baby girl, named Genesis, survived the attack.
Genesis is still doing well and is now in the care of Sutton's grandparents, according to City Councilman Andy King.
Wade had been pretending to be pregnant for months and initially claimed that she had attacked Sutton, who she had known since elementary school, out of self-defense, sources said.
The Bronx District Attorney would not say when she would be transferred to Rikers Island.
Wade is represented by attorney Leslie Jones Thomas, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The arraignment was conducted privately in Judge George Grasso's chambers.
David Bookstaver, a state court spokesman, acknowledged that it was done improperly and said they are taking steps to change the procedure.