Absolutely Mortifying – This Happened In Our Town

I actually started tearing up when I read this. I can’t believe this happened here in the Tri-Cities. It also terrifies me to death that they don’t yet know whether the baby was cut from her stomach before the lady killed her or if she killed her first and then cut the baby from her stomach. Absolutely horrendous. It is stories like these that make you question whether it is even a sane thing to bring children into the world we now live in. We frequent this park quite often too. :(

Since the murderer got married only a month ago it makes me wonder if she got the man to marry her based on the fact that she was “pregnant” and needed to find a baby to help perpetuate the lie. I wonder if she was pregnant and lost the baby or fabricated her pregnancy entirely. I can’t even imagine the psychosis of such people.

Article taken from HERE.

Baby cut from Pasco victim’s womb

By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer

A 23-year-old Kennewick woman is accused of stabbing to death a pregnant Pasco woman and then cutting her unborn child out of her womb and trying to pass the baby off as her own.

Blue mechanic’s gloves soaked in blood, a box cutter, bloody paper towels, a baby bottle and mucus bulb are among items suspected of being used to kill Araceli Camacho Gomez and steal her nearly full-term baby.

Details of the gruesome slaying were revealed Monday afternoon when Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong made a preliminary appearance in Benton County Superior Court. She was ordered held without bail in the Benton County jail on suspicion of aggravated first-degree murder.

Camacho Gomez was found dead in Columbia Park around 1 a.m. Saturday with her hands and feet bound by yarn and “massive trauma to her stomach area,” court documents said. The 27-year-old, who was about 8 1/2 months pregnant, was stabbed multiple times in the chest.

The infant boy was recovered about two hours earlier and is on life support in critical condition at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, said Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg.

Sisouvanh Synhavong, who was arrested late Friday, is expected to be arraigned Wednesday morning. If convicted, she faces life in prison without parole or prosecutors could seek the death penalty.

Defense attorney Christopher Swaby was appointed by Judge Robert Swisher to represent Sisouvanh Synhavong on an interim basis until an attorney approved to handle death penalty cases can be found.

Prosecutor Andy Miller has 30 days to decide if he’ll seek the death penalty.

The last death penalty case tried in Benton County was in 1995 when Jeremy V. Sagastegui murdered two women and a 3-year-old boy. He was executed by lethal injection in 1998 after he pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder.

Few details about Friday’s murder have been released by officials since Camacho Gomez’s body was found. Miller, Chief Hohenberg and Benton County Coroner Rick Corson held a joint news conference after the court hearing, but continued to be vague about some aspects of the case.

“It’s less than 72 hours into the investigation,” Hohenberg said. “I normally try to answer every question, but it’s very important we don’t compromise the investigation down the line.”

Miller agreed, calling it a “very sad, tragic case,” but adding that they are trying to balance the public’s right to know information about the case with the defendant’s right to a fair trial.

Court documents, however, reveal a partial timeline of the events from late Friday.

Sisouvanh Synhavong called 911 emergency dispatch at 11:04 p.m. saying she was by JCPenney and had just given birth but thought the baby had died.

The called ended but dispatchers traced it to the area of Columbia Park Trail and Edison Street. Seven minutes later, the defendant called again and the call was traced to Kellogg Street and Metaline Avenue.

Kennewick police and firefighters went to the general area and found Sisouvanh Synhavong in the WorkSource parking lot. Fire Capt. Mikal Barnett pulled the baby from the driver’s side rear door.

Officer Ryan Kelly saw Sisouvanh Synhavong in the back seat repeatedly asking “Is my baby OK?” She was holding what appeared to be an umbilical cord and was wearing only a shirt — she had no pants or underwear on, documents said.

A “significant amount of blood and pieces of human tissue” were found in the back seat, documents said. The defendant and the baby were taken to Kennewick General Hospital, where medical tests showed she had not recently given birth.

Camacho Gomez was found in the same area of Columbia Park where dispatchers traced Sisouvanh Synhavong’s first 911 call.

Court documents said officers found the blood-soaked mechanic’s gloves, box cutter, bloody paper towels, yarn, latex gloves, mucus bulb, baby bottle and baby socks in Sisouvanh Synhavong’s purse.

Officials wouldn’t say whether the box cutter was used to stab or cut the victim.

An autopsy showed Camacho Gomez died of loss of blood, primarily from four stab wounds to her chest, Corson said. Cuts in her uterus also were consistent with the body being cut to remove an unborn child, court documents said.

It’s unclear if Camacho Gomez was killed before her baby was cut from her womb or if she still was alive at the time, Corson said. He is working to narrow down an exact time of death.

Officials also wouldn’t say how the two became acquainted or whether Camacho Gomez was killed in the park or dumped there.

Miller said Camacho Gomez may have been in Sisouvanh Synhavong’s white four-door Acura as she drove from Pasco, over the blue bridge into Kennewick and parked briefly in the turnoff area on the Kennewick side of the bridge.

Sisouvanh Synhavong is then believed to have driven into Columbia Park.

Officials released those details in case anyone may have seen the car around that time or driven by the area Camacho Gomez was found, either through the park or on Highway 240, and witnessed anything.

Kennewick police can be reached by calling 628-0333 or 585-4208. Anonymous tips can also made through Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477.

Camacho Gomez’s family reportedly realized she was missing around 10 p.m. Friday. Friends of the family told the Herald on Sunday that a woman, believed to be the suspect, met Camacho Gomez on a bus Friday and offered to give her some baby clothes.

Camacho Gomez’s husband, Juan Campos Felipe, said he last saw his wife around 6 p.m. Friday when he took their two children to Fiesta Foods. When they returned home around 9 p.m., the front door was open and she was gone.

Their oldest son, Carlos, said a woman had picked them up at a bus stop earlier in the day and gave them a ride to Griggs Department Store. The 10-year-old said his mother told the woman she had two more weeks until the baby boy was due and the woman said she had baby clothes for a boy.

Camacho Gomez gave the woman her address and phone number, the family friends said.

Little is known about Sisouvanh Synhavong. She does not have a criminal history, officials said.

Sisouvanh Synhavong is a 2004 Southridge High School graduate and was on the school’s honor roll in 2001.

She was married about a month ago — May 14 — to Keun Synhavong, 35. Their marriage certificate was filed with the Benton County Auditor’s Office on May 19.

Five family members attended Monday’s court hearing as Sisouvanh Synhavong appeared. She only spoke to pronounce her name for the judge, and to confirm that she understood her rights.

Sisouvanh Synhavong may be a Laotian citizen, Miller said, adding that the Laos consulate has been notified.

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6 comments

  1. Melissa from Pittsburgh · July 3, 2008

    That is so unbelieavably sad.

    I just don’t understand how such things happen, what kind of person does such a thing.

    And you in your condition … you poor thing to have to think of such awfulnesses around you.

    This post after your beautiful GORGEOUS belly pics.

    My heart hurts for that little boy, his siblings and the grieving father.

    It’s such a shame that these things teach us to distance ourselves from our neighbors — I guess this is why we blog. So we can enjoy each others company and lives; but from a distance.

    Congrats on the laptop addition as well.

    Your daughter is precious!

  2. sittingpugs · July 2, 2008

    The world has been and always will be a dangerous place to have and raise kids. Even if one is socio-economically in the upper tier, one is still susceptible to illness and misfortune via freak accidents.

    Quality of life isn’t necessarily the same as longevity either.

  3. Case · July 2, 2008

    A most horrible story, I, too, had to discontinue reading.

  4. Ducker · July 2, 2008

    Damn….that is so horrible, I cant even find words to illustrate how I feel about thate poor girl and her family and poor juan.

    There are real sick people out there, poor people.

    hope the lil kid comes out ok from the ICU and all and has a normal life

  5. chandra · July 2, 2008

    I had to stop reading this story. I know that this tragedy will be in your mind a long time, especially when you go out to the park, or shopping, or whatever. I’m so sorry for your community to have to go through this horrible event, and for the family of the poor victom. So sad. My prayers are with that family, may God give them peace and comfort and heal that precious baby boy.

  6. Brianne · July 1, 2008

    Uh…. scary. I feel so terribly for that family.

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