While I'd love to take credit for that headline, I can't. The credit goes to Halli Goldman, who wrote the following as her opening line in her article about this utterly depraved human being.
Jeffrey Reynolds looks like your typical, utterly deranged psychopath with ringworm. And he is.
This utterly depraved specimen of humanity [allegedly] took a kitchen knife, sliced his wife's throat and then cut their 7-month-old baby out of his wife's womb on October 23, 2012 in Livingston, Louisiana.
Needless to say, the baby died, but somehow his 28-year-old wife Paula Reynolds miraculously survived both wounds and is recovering in hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery, physically, but it's anyone's guess whether she will ever recover mentally from this heinous act by the man who supposedly loved her.
‘I've seen crime scenes before but this one was very challenging, I mean they all are, but this one was one that I don't think I've ever seen anything like this,’ Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said.
To any normal person this act is insane. What decent, sane person takes a knife and tries to murder his own wife and then cuts their baby from her womb, killing the child?
A decent sane person doesn't.
Jeffrey Reynolds is charged with first degree feticide for the murder of their baby, and second degree attempted murder for the attack on his wife.
According to the 2012 Louisiana Laws Revised Statutes, first degree feticide is
§32.6. First degree feticide
A. First degree feticide is:
(1) The killing of an unborn child when the offender has a specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm.
(2) The killing of an unborn child when the offender is engaged in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of aggravated rape, forcible rape, aggravated arson, aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, second degree kidnapping, assault by drive-by shooting, aggravated escape, armed robbery, first degree robbery, second degree robbery, cruelty to juveniles, second degree cruelty to juveniles, terrorism, or simple robbery, even though he has no intent to kill or inflict great bodily harm.
B. Whoever commits the crime of first degree feticide shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than fifteen years.
My sincerest prayer is first that the woman recover physically, emotionally and spiritually from her injuries; second, that their 6-year-old son be cared for physically, mentally and spiritually while that child deals with the fact that his father tried to murder his mother, and succeeded in murdering his unborn sibling.
Lastly, I pray that if Jeffrey Reynolds is indeed guilty of this heinous crime as it would appear, that Jeffrey Reynolds serves every single day of his 15-year sentence at hard labor.
It's the very least he deserves.