Defense lawyers are asking a Massachusetts judge to dismiss murder and child kidnapping charges against a woman accused of killing a mother whose unborn baby was cut from her womb.

Worcester's (WUS'-turz) Telegram & Gazette newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/sRxWiy) lawyers for Julie Corey argued Thursday prosecutors didn't give a grand jury any evidence linking her to the killing of Darlene Haynes.

Corey and Haynes' baby were found in a homeless shelter in Plymouth, N.H., in July 2009 days after Haynes was found dead with a fractured skull. A state child welfare agency took custody of the baby girl.

Worcester prosecutors say the grand jury had evidence Corey faked being pregnant, lied about giving birth just before Haynes' body was found and was the last person seen with her.

The judge didn't rule and continued the case to Jan. 12.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com