Agent: Woman intensively researched how to fake pregnancy

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This undated booking photo provided by the Bi-State Detention Center in Texarkana, Texas, shows Taylor Rene Parker. Parker, accused of killing a woman to steal her unborn baby to present as her own, went on trial for capital murder, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (Bi-State Detention Center via AP)

NEW BOSTON, Texas (AP) — A state police investigator has testified that a woman accused of killing a pregnant woman and removing her unborn child conducted intensive research on how to fake a pregnancy convincingly. The testimony came Tuesday in the capital murder trial of Taylor Rene Parker for the October 2020 killing of Reagan Simmons-Hancock and her stolen child.

Special Agent Dustin Estess of the Texas Department of Public Safety testified that Parker viewed numerous YouTube videos on delivering and caring for babies.

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On the day of the killing, she watched a video on the physical exam of an infant delivered pre-term at 35 weeks. Simmons-Hancock had a 35-week pregnancy when she was killed.