SPRING, Texas — Verna McClain told her fiance she had given birth to their child. But after she suffered a miscarriage, authorities said, she went looking for another baby to present to him.
Now she's accused of killing a young mother to take one by force.
Investigators say McClain waited outside a pediatrician's office north of Houston and shot Kala Golden, 28, before taking her tiny newborn son, who was only 3 days old.
Little Keegan Golden was found unharmed hours later with McClain's sister — who was told that her sister planned to adopt the boy. He is back with family members.
McClain is charged with capital murder and was being held Wednesday without bail. Authorities say she admitted attacking the woman Tuesday and stealing her baby from his mother's pickup truck.
McClain, 30, of Houston, was separated from her husband, with whom she had raised three children.
"I don't understand that, her taking a child," her estranged husband, Theo McClain of San Diego, told the Associated Press. "That doesn't make sense. We have three kids. And then to shoot somebody? I've never known her to hurt anybody."
McClain's fiance, who was not identified Wednesday, is being interviewed by authorities.