Death penalty sought in mother's killing, baby's kidnapping

Verna McClain accused of killing Kala Golden Schuchardt, kidnapping Keegan Schuchardt

HOUSTON - Prosecutors announced Thursday that they will seek the death penalty if a woman accused of fatally shooting a mother and kidnapping her baby is convicted.

Verna McClain, 31, is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a capital murder charge.

Detectives said McClain has admitted to carrying out the attack, killing Kala Golden Schuchardt, 28, and abducting 3-day-old Keegan Schuchardt, who was found unharmed hours later with McClain's sister.

The April 17 shooting occurred outside a Montgomery County pediatric center shortly after 2 p.m.

McClain was arrested the same day at an apartment complex where her getaway car was found.

Investigators believe McClain was desperate for a baby after suffering a miscarriage and planned to pass off Keegan as her own.

Keegan is white. McClain and her fiancé are black.

McClain's fiancé, Kevin Carter, 26, said he thought that she had given birth in Galveston. He said he thought the baby was hospitalized with a lung infection.

McClain's mother said she hopes the jury that will be chosen for her daughter's trial will keep an open mind.

The trial is expected to begin in March or April of 2013.

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