Verna Deann McClain Kills Woman to Steal Her Three-Day-Old Baby (UPDATED)

Verna McClain faces a capital murder charge.
Verna McClain faces a capital murder charge.
Photo by MCSO

A nurse killed a woman outside a pediatrician's office and took off with the victim's three-day-old baby, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says.

Verna Deann McClain, 30, has been charged with capital murder. A deputy searching an apartment complex saw a car that matched the description of what she was driving, and eventually McClain returned.

She told police the baby was at her sister's, where it was recovered.

Kayla Marie Golden, 28, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the baby's doctor about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Her son Keegan Schuchardt was taken from her. Initially police thought there were two people in the car that drove off with the child, but MCSO Lt. Dan Norris says "Investigators believe the suspect acted alone and that a second suspect is not at large."

Police say McClain wanted to get a baby -- any baby -- and did not target Golden specifically. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, walking back to her pickup after the doctor's visit.

"Physical evidence has been found in both residences and the car that supports the arrest of the suspect," Norris said.

Update: In a press conference this afternoon, Montgomery County officials said McClain is being held in a solitary cell, but is not under a suicide watch.

"She does appear remorseful for what happened," one detective said.

While they believe she acted alone, Norris said the investigation is ongoing and officers won't have "tunnel vision" about whether a second person was involved.

Investigators said McClain had a recent miscarriage and needed to "produce a child" for her fiancé. She had told the fiancé she had already given birth.

Golden was shot "multiple times" in the torso, officials said. McClain shot her and then grabbed the baby, investigator John Schmitt said.

District Attorney Brett Ligon said no decision had been made about seeking the death penalty. He did note prosecutors would have to prove "future dangerousness...The history of Texas is obviously a lot of males and very few females on Death Row."


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