The story of a midwife who allegedly used a homemade bomb to give birth to a baby who died in her arms, is being used to defend a midwifery assistant in Texas who allegedly gave birth to her son by a bomb, Fox News has learned.
The midwife, Kelli O. Johnson, was arrested and charged in May after authorities say she gave birth by a home-made bomb that she said she delivered by placing a small bomb inside the newborn’s stomach.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, Johnson, 38, told investigators she dropped off the bomb at her home in the Houston suburb of Westlake, Texas, on May 8 and handed it to a friend who found it on the side of a road.
Johnson allegedly placed the bomb inside her son’s stomach and then handed the child over to a man who was driving by, authorities said.
The complaint alleges that the man then gave birth in Johnson’s arms.
Johnson’s lawyer, Jason Johnson, told the Houston Chronicle that he believes his client “was innocent until proven guilty” in the case.
Johnson is scheduled to appear in court in Houston on June 4.
The allegations against Johnson stem from a July 20 incident that involved a man, who was also Johnson’s boyfriend, who claimed to have witnessed Johnson giving birth.
According the complaint, the boyfriend told investigators that Johnson was “doing this by herself and putting a bomb into her stomach” and then took the baby to a local hospital to be evaluated.
The complaint claims that Johnson gave birth at a hospital in Houston in a fetal position with her arms around her son.
The boyfriend, whom the complaint did not identify, also claimed that Johnson’s husband was at home and did not see the baby until he returned to the hospital.
The alleged bomb delivery occurred in the parking lot of a local grocery store, according to the complaint.
Authorities say that when Johnson was arrested, she said the baby died in the delivery room.
Johnson, who is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of making false statements, is scheduled for a court appearance June 4, and is scheduled in court on June 18.