Stephanie Foster Stabs Newborn's Parents, Dad Saves Baby from Kidnapping, Say Cops

Stephanie Foster (Vigo County Sheriff's Dept.)
Stephanie Foster (Vigo County Sheriff's Dept.)

PRAIRIE CREEK, Ind. (CBS/WTHI/AP) After searching the newspaper for newborns, Stephanie Foster forced her way into a western Indiana home at gunpoint and stabbed a husband and wife in an attempt to kidnap their infant son, according to police.

According to CBS affiliate WTHI, the woman knocked on the couple's door in Prairie Creek, south of Terre Haute, on Wednesday asking to use their phone. Police said when the woman refused to let Foster in, the female suspect went back to her car, grabbed a gun and forced herself inside.

Police say Foster then grabbed a knife from somewhere in the home and started attacking the woman, according to The Tribune-Star. The husband, who was sleeping, was awakened and was able to stop the attack and call police.

Police say both the husband and wife sustained multiple stab wounds. The woman was stabbed to her back and arm and was taken to an Indianapolis hospital. Her husband was treated at a Terre Haute hospital.

The baby was not harmed.

Sheriff Jon Marvel says the 34-year-old suspect didn't know the couple she attacked. According to WTHI, Foster allegedly had a miscarriage last fall, but pretended to pregnant. She told police she didn't want to tell her husband or family.

Foster told police she looked in the newspaper about a month ago in search of a baby that was 3 or 4 weeks old, WTHI reports. She claims that's how she found the couple.

Foster was jailed without bond on preliminary charges of attempted murder and attempted kidnapping.

Reporting Contributed by CBS affiliate WTHI