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Trial set for suspect in in murder, theft plot

By Richard Yeakley
March 31, 2013 at 10 p.m.


A Longview woman accused of scheming to steal a baby by killing a mother with a newborn or one who was in late-term pregnancy is set for trial this month.

Tanya Lynette Bradley, 30, was arrested in June after her friends told police Bradley was lying in wait for a mother outside Good Shepherd Medical Center.

The informants told police they had shopped with Bradley for murder weapons and knew of her plans, according to information in the criminal complaint for her arrest.

They said Bradley planned to find the mother of a newborn at Good Shepherd and kill her for her infant.

Bradley was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit capital murder.

Her trial has been set to begin at 9 a.m. April 15 in the 124th District Court at the Gregg County Courthouse.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Bradley, she hatched the plan after suffering a miscarriage. Bradley told police she lied to her husband and told him she was still pregnant even though she lost the baby because she was overwhelmed by the loss.

The informants told police Bradley's plan at the hospital was to ask a new mother for a ride into the country, where she would be killed and the baby taken.

Information from the criminal complaints show Bradley may have failed in one such attempt when she convinced a woman who was 35 weeks pregnant to give her a ride home.

In that instance, they said, she tried unsuccessfully to lure the woman into her home but the woman refused.

The intended victim told police Bradley offered her many items for her unborn child during the ride.

The targeted mother said she felt uncomfortable and refused several invitations to enter Bradley's home.

Bradley insisted to police the plan was a joke.

She admitted receiving a ride from the mother, but denied the other elements claimed by the informants.

Bradley remained held Sunday in the Gregg County Jail under bonds totaling $500,000.

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