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US government to execute first woman since 1953

The Supreme Court ruled in July that the country could resume federal executions after 17 years Image: Getty Images

The United States government scheduled the first federal execution of a woman since 1953 for December 8.

Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death in 2008 for killing an eight-month-old pregnant woman, cutting her belly with a kitchen knife and stealing the baby.

The child survived the attack, and is now 16 years old.

In the process, those responsible for the prosecution presented her search history to prove that the crime was premeditated: she had researched how to perform cesarean sections.

The defense claimed that she suffered from pseudocyesis – popularly known as “psychological pregnancy”, when the mother believes that she is pregnant and even shows symptoms.

After five hours of thinking, the judge decided that she deserved to die due to the heinous nature of the crime.

The last woman executed by the federal government in the country was Bonnie Brown Head, sentenced to the gas chamber after participating in the kidnapping and murder of a six-year-old boy.

The United States Supreme Court ruled in July that the federal government could return to executing people after 17 years – in the meantime, the death penalty was only applied at the state level. Since then, seven people have been executed by the federal government.

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