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Missouri woman accused in fatal kidnapping plot of pregnant woman is charged in fetus’ death

Amber Waterman was previously indicted in the death of Ashley Bush, who was 31 weeks pregnant when she disappeared last year.
/ Source: NBC News

A Missouri woman charged in the fatal kidnapping of a pregnant woman whose baby she allegedly planned to claim as her own has been indicted in the death of the fetus, federal court records show.

A grand jury accused Amber Waterman, 43, of kidnapping resulting in the death of Valkyrie Grace Willis, according to an indictment filed Tuesday, June 29, in federal district court in Missouri. 

Waterman was indicted in November in the fatal kidnapping of Ashley Bush, 33. Bush, of Benton County, Arkansas, had been 31 weeks pregnant when she was found dead on Nov. 3.

Authorities previously said Bush appeared to have been shot. Her remains were discovered in Missouri, in a different location than the fetus.

Ashley Bush
Ashley BushBenton County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

Waterman’s husband, Jamie Waterman, 43, was previously indicted on one count of assisting his wife in the alleged kidnapping and preventing her apprehension.

Amber Waterman faces life in prison if convicted. Her husband faces a maximum prison term of 15 years. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Lawyers for the Watermans did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Federal authorities previously said that Amber Waterman, of Pineville, Missouri, posed as a woman named “Lucy” and allegedly lured Bush into believing she was meeting with a work supervisor on Oct. 31.

Before she was taken into custody, Amber Waterman denied knowing Bush, according to an affidavit in support of her arrest. In an interview with authorities at her home, she said she delivered a stillborn baby on Oct. 31, the same day Bush was reported missing, according to the affidavit.

Jamie Waterman told authorities that his wife burned Bush’s body in a fire pit and confessed to the killing, the affidavit says. Jamie Waterman added that she later blamed the death on Lucy, whom she described as a former colleague at Walmart, according to the affidavit.

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