Reagan Hancock was a 22-year-old pregnant woman who was killed in her New Boston, Texas, home and had her baby cut from her womb. Hancock was identified by her family in social media posts that were first reported by True Crime Society. Hancock, a married mother of a young daughter was seven-and-a-half months pregnant; neither she nor her baby survived the attack, according to the Texarkana Gazette.
The Gazette reported that a woman was taken into custody in Oklahoma. Police have identified the suspect as a 27-year-old East Texas woman, Taylor Morton. Hancock was killed on Friday, October 9, according to police. Morton is facing charges in Oklahoma, where. she was arrested hours after Hancock’s death, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Hancock and her husband, Homer Hancock, had been expecting the birth of her second child on November 10, according to a baby registry for the couple on The Bump. She had been married to Homer Hancock since September 21, 2019, according to her Facebook profile. She is also survived by her 3-year-old daughter, Kynlee Grace. A Facebook fundraiser has been set up to help her family, along with a PayPal account that is also accepting donations.
A family friend wrote on the PayPal set up to help Hancock’s family, “Reagan Hancock and her unborn baby were selfishly killed by someone Reagan considered a friend. We are trying to raise money for Homer and their daughter. Homer has been around racing for many years and is the man behind our outlaw lawn care. Let’s rally together and raise enough money to take any stress off him for any and all expenses that will occur.”
Hancock Planned on Naming the Child Braxlynn, According to Her Facebook Page
Hancock had been very public about her pregnancy, posting photos of her ultrasound on Facebook on March 31.
On August 16, Hancock wrote a Facebook post in which she said, “(S)ome of you know, some of you dont… but we are having another SWEET BABYGIRL come november the 10th (give or take). She already acts like her daddy & big sister. We cannot wait for our Braxlynn Sage to be here. Daddy is definitely out numbered.😍🥺💗👑🎀”
Hancock, based on photos from her Facebook timeline, loved posting pictures of her with her daughter. She had posted photos as she was in the hospital and even posted one which read, “Getting ready to push! Ready to see princess” in 2017.
A news story featured in the McCurtain Gazette-News reported that the 22-year-old was “beaten and stabbed to death and had her baby cut from her womb.”
Hancock’s parents, Marcus and Jess Brookes, described feeling pained by the loss of her daughter on Facebook, writing, “God please save us from this hurt we have.” In a different post, she informed people that they were holding a service to celebrate her daughter, “We are welcoming friends and family to our house today to celebrate Reagan Hancocks life we will be here all day if u need the address please pm us and I’ll send it to you.”
She also posted several photos of her daughter:
Her mother also said that she was also angry that she found out about her daughter’s mother from the Gazette report, writing, “$500 reward for the name of the person from Bowie county that leaked the gruesome details of our daughters murder to the Texarkana gazette!! What a way to find out!!”
Just days before her death, Hancock posted a tribute to her husband on Instagram, writing in the caption of a photo of him, “He’s one of the good ones, & he’s all mine” 💜💍”
A day earlier she posted a photo of herself and wrote in the caption, “yall are all i need.💜#girlmom#mommylovesyall🎀👑💞”
Hancock’s mother wrote on Facebook that she was the one who found her daughter dead in her New Boston home. She wrote on Facebook, “I don’t have it in me right now to make a long post. But mainly I am begging for prayers without ceasing for our family. Our beautiful daughter Reagan Hancock and her precious unborn baby girl Braxlynn were murdered yesterday by Satan in the flesh. I found her and Marcus and Chris were on scene right after me. Our family, friends, & community are rocked to the core! Our Reagan was one of the most precious people you would ever meet. Please I beg keep us in your prayers.”
The Suspect Is Accused of Fleeing the State of Texas With the Newborn
The McCurtain Gazette-News reported that “the alleged suspect is believed to have kidnapped and fled with the newborn, who later died here,” in McCurtain County, Oklahoma. That suspect is described as a 27-year-old woman from Simms, Texas.
That suspect was speeding near DeKalb when she was stopped by a Texas trooper at 10 a.m. on Friday, the paper reported. She told him that she “had just given birth and her newborn baby, which was in the car, was not breathing.” The trooper tried to perform CPR but could not revive the baby and called for an ambulance. She was taken to McCurtain Memorial, where “a doctor … knew very quickly that she had not given birth.”
When reports came in at 1 p.m. that a woman was murdered and her baby taken, police returned to the hospital, arrested the suspect. In custody, she “reportedly confessed to the murder and kidnapping, telling officers she told her boyfriend that she was pregnant in February and they even had a gender reveal party,” the paper reported.
The suspect has two children, ages six and 10, and told law enforcement that she didn’t know Hancock well. “She reportedly told officers she only knew the deceased pregnant woman by her first name and thought they were the same age,” the paper reported.
The suspect could federal charges in addition to local murder charges since she is accused of crossing state lines with the infant. Authorities are expected to release more information on Monday, October 12.