IDABEL, OK – A woman accused of murdering a Texas woman and her unborn child will be returning to Texas to face charges. Taylor Parker, the 27-year-old suspect, is currently being held in the Idabel (OK) city jail awaiting extradition.
Bowie County (TX) deputies are standing by, waiting on the green light to come pick her up.
Last Friday, a Texas State Trooper had stopped Parker near DeKalb. Upon making contact, Parker told the trooper that she had just given birth on the side of the road and that the baby was not breathing. She and the newborn were transported to McCurtain Memorial hospital for treatment. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was called due to the odd circumstances surrounding Parker and the infant. They were able to identify Parker as a suspect of a murder and kidnapping in New Boston, TX, about 50 miles from Idabel.
According to the OSBI Facebook page:
“On Friday, October 9, Oklahoma law enforcement was notified that Taylor Parker, of Simms, Texas, had arrived at McCurtain Memorial Hospital that morning with a baby she said she had just given birth to on the side of the road. OSBI Agents and Idabel Detectives went to the hospital and learned that Parker had been stopped by a Texas Trooper in DeKalb, Texas.”
“She told the Trooper she just had the baby and the baby wasn’t breathing. At that point, she and the baby were transported by ambulance to the hospital in McCurtain County, Okla. The baby was pronounced deceased at the hospital.”
“Based on the investigation that was taking place in Oklahoma and Texas, Parker was arrested for the murder and kidnapping of the baby and she was booked into the Idabel City Jail.”
Earlier that day, a spokesperson from the Texas Department of Public Safety told the Associated Press that the body of 21-year-old Reagan Simmons Hancock was discovered in a New Boston home. Hancock, who was pregnant at the time of her death, was no longer carrying the child. Evidence indicates that the child had been removed from her womb by force.
Charges have been filed in Oklahoma over the death of the fetus. Charges are pending in Texas over the killing of the baby’s mom. https://t.co/Ccmd38I22h
— KSLA News 12 (@KSLA) October 12, 2020
According to KIII-TV, Parker appeared this week before a judge in the McCurtain County District Court. She waived extradition on two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping. She will likely face additional charges upon her return to Texas.
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KSLA News 12 reported on the young woman that lost her life and comments from her family.
“Look at that sweet smile when you have a bad day,”
Jessica Brookes said, fighting back tears.
“It always used to help me.”
On Friday, Brookes found her daughter Reagan Simmons Hancock after the 21-year-old had been attacked in her own home.
“A piece of us is gone now,” Brookes said.
“She’s just something you can’t replace,” said Emily Simmons, Hancock’s younger sister.
“The good thing about it is she’s everywhere now.”
Sunflowers and stuffed animals lay as a memorial outside Hancock’s home.
“She loved sunflowers,” Simmons explained.
“Those were her favorite flowers in the whole world. I’d love to see them everywhere.”
A Facebook Fundraiser page was created to assist the family. As of this writing, it had already raised $17,986 of its $20,000 goal. An additional $20,800 has been raised via PayPal pool.
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Trump signs Savanna’s Act to address missing Native American women after pregnant woman killed, baby cut out of her
Washington, D.C. – There are hundreds of Indigenous women/girls across the country disappearing and being murdered.
President Donald Trump recently signed two bills into law Saturday night that have finally developed a strategy to combat an invisible crisis in America.
President Trump is the first president to formally recognize and address this national catastrophe against Native American women/girls.
He signed into law Savanna’s Act, which directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop law enforcement protocols to address the issue.
The second bill signed by Trump was the Not Invisible Act. It tasks the DOJ and the Department of the Interior to make a joint effort, in collaboration with the Indian Tribes, to step up its response when indigenous women go missing, are murdered or are being forced into sex trafficking.
Tonight the Not Invisible Act and Savanna’s act became law. These important pieces of legislation take a crucial first step in ending the #MMIW crisis.
— Deb Haaland (@Deb4CongressNM) October 11, 2020
Savannah’s Act was named after 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. She was part of the Spirit Lake tribe in North Dakota and was eight months pregnant at the time of her brutal murder in 2017.
In 2018, Brooke Crews of North Dakota was given a life sentence for killing Greywind. Crews cut Greywind’s baby from her womb. Her body was found a week later in a river. Greywind’s baby survived.
Savanna’s Act will establish new national law enforcement guidelines between the federal government and the American Indian tribes to help track, solve, and prevent crimes against Native Americans.
The Senate had unanimously passed the bill in March and the House followed suit on September 21st. The bills were brought to the Senate by former Senator Heidi Heitkamp in 2017, but were stalled in the House. They were recently revived by Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Heitkamp told USA TODAY in a statement:
“For far too long, the crisis of missing and murdered Native American women went unknown outside Indian Country. When I first introduced Savanna’s Act in 2017, I wrote this bill to take a critical first step to help address this crisis and help raise awareness about it by bringing these women out of the shadows and making them not invisible.”
She continued with her statement:
“Finally, this bill was signed into law. And it happened just before Indigenous Peoples’ Day — a reminder that the U.S. government has so much more to do to repair the broken promises to Native communities.”
It seems fitting that Savanna's Act became law the same weekend we honor our Native brothers and sisters on Indigenous Peoples' Day. We just got one step closer to tackling the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.https://t.co/b5xvs3igSz
— Heidi Heitkamp (@HeidiHeitkamp) October 12, 2020
As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), Savanna’s Act is a big part of North Dakota Senator John Hoeven’s efforts to improve law enforcement in tribal communities. Hoeven advanced the legislation through the SCIA last November.
Additionally, Senator Hoeven is currently working to advance other laws that would help improve tribal justice and public safety for Indian Communities.
His big push for the Savanah Act helped secure its passing in the Senate earlier this year. Then, it finally made its way to President Trump’s desk.
As the 1st President to formally recognize the issue of Missing & Murdered Native Americans, today, I was proud to sign Savanna’s Act & the Not Invisible Act. We have also provided $295 Million to support public safety & crime victims. Forgotten NO MORE! #OperationLadyJustice
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2020
Another proponent of the act since 2018, Senator Patty Murray said:
“Savanna’s Act is law, and much-needed help for Indigenous women and girls is on the way. New law enforcement tools, coordination, and data will help make sure our Native women and girls get the protection and justice they deserve.”
“Thank you to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for keeping up this fight with me, and thank you to the Seattle Indian Health Board for making sure this issue got the attention it needed.”
Thank you @realDonaldTrump for signing the Savanna’s Act into law today.
Sadly, Montana’s tribes are too familiar with stories such as Savanna’s, and this law is critical to protecting some of our most vulnerable in our MT tribal communities.
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) October 10, 2020
Murray’s office says that 50-percent of all Native American women in the U.S. have been sexually abused, raped, beaten or stalked by someone. At least one-third will inevitably be raped in their lifetime. And oftentimes the offenders are non-natives.
Some good news last night: Trump signed Savanna's Act + the Not Invisible Act into law.
Both laws will finally address a largely invisible crisis in the U.S.: Indigenous women are being murdered and going missing, with next to no data on what's going on. https://t.co/bX4jBEhfwt
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) October 11, 2020
The DOJ shall provide training to local law enforcement agencies on data entry, introduce the database to and educate the public, train tribal authorities on data entry, develop guidelines for responding to missing or murdered Indigenous people, provide technical assistance to tribes and law enforcement agencies and report all data on investigations involving missing or murdered Native Americans.
According to the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), murder is the third-leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Native women. In 2016, there were 5,712 cases reported of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the UIHI reports. Yet, only 116 cases were logged into the DOJ database.
The UIHI reports that there are 506 unique cases of missing and murdered American Indian/Alaska Native women and girls across 71 selected cities. These statistics are probably an underestimate due to no database entry or a lack of information.
The statistics included 128, or 25 percent were missing persons cases, 280 or 56 percent were murder cases and 98 or 19 percent were listed as “status unknown”. The youngest victim was a baby less than a year old, while the oldest victim was 83-years-old.
The top ten cities with the highest number of missing and murdered American Indian/Alaska Native women and girls can be somewhat of a shock. The top city is Seattle, Washington with 45 cases. Second, is Albuquerque, New Mexico with 37 cases.
Then, in order, are Anchorage, Alaska with 31 cases, Tucson, Arizona with 31 and Billings, Montana with 29. Gallup, New Mexico, and Tacoma, Washington tied with 25 cases. Omaha, Nebraska was ninth with 24 cases and San Francisco, California had 17 cases of missing indigenous women.
Some good news: The WH announced that President Trump today signed Savanna's Act and the Not Invisible Act, two pieces of bipartisan legislation which address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women. I wrote about these bills last year:https://t.co/yxWuC7Xlzx
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) October 10, 2020
The top states with the highest number of missing and murdered American Indian/Alaska Native women and girl’s cases are in New Mexico with 78 cases. Washington has 71 cases of missing women, Arizona had 54 cases, while Alaska had 52.
The cases in Montana were at 41 and California had 40 cases of missing women. Nebraska had 32 cases, Utah had 24 cases, and the two lowest states were Minnesota with 20 cases and Oklahoma with 18.
President Trump posted his announcement on Facebook. There were about 558,000 reactions to the news, 24,000 comments and 80,000 shares. Many expressed gratitude, thanking President Trump for fighting for Native Americans:
“The first president to actually fight this fight… because so many of the OTHERS have been COMPLICIT in the evil!”
“Our Native Americans deserve so much. Thank you, Mr. President.”
“ It is way past due that something is done for the Native Americans!”
“It’s about time a President remembered the Native American family…..did you notice when the left argues that you HAVE TO have a person of color…..no one EVERS mentions Native Americans”
“Thank you for not forgetting about our indigenous women ❤️ What an awesome way to honor Savannah Greywinds memory, She endured a horrific murder. God bless all!”
Savanna’s Act passed
Not Visible Act passed
300 million in grants to tribal gov’ts.
Cases of missing/ medically abused native women and children reopened.
The fight is not over by any means, but on Indigenous People’s Day, highlighting the positive.
— chica darks (@heythisisdrey) October 12, 2020
Many people expressed pride that our President seeks to help all missing and lost children.
“Thank you! That’s wonderful. We must also do more for all the children who are kidnapped/sold/missing. The amount of children who continue to disappear in this country is not okay. I’d love to see more emphasis on fixing this problem. Please 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Such a scary world we live in now that our poor children are being brought up in.”
“Thank you Mr. President for the emphasis you have placed on finding all missing children.”
— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) October 12, 2020
Some Native American’s expressed their thanks to the President:
“I am an Alaskan Native (Native Village of Afognak). Thank you, Mr. President, for all that you do for us.”
“As a descendent of the Ojibwa tribe, I applaud you, my POTUS.”
“Wow! I’m so grateful and appreciative as a Native American. Let’s also make sure our history is studied in every school and every immigrant wanting to move here understands our history too. Thank you ”
“The Native American people deserve to be treated with all the respect and consideration they deserve, congratulations President Trump.”
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