A federal court this week blocked the execution of the death sentence, which was to be the first execution of a female criminal in the United States in years.
An Indiana judge cited the mental health condition of convicted criminal Lisa Montgomery, arguing that she was unable to understand the prosecution’s reasoning for her execution.
Montgomery was convicted of kidnapping and brutal murder in 2007 by Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Having deprived the life of a young woman, who was then eight months pregnant, Lisa cut out the baby from the womb and took it to herself. The child survived and was subsequently returned to his father.
Montgomery is the only woman in the United States currently facing the death penalty.