A suspect in the disappearance and murder of Savannah LaFontaine-Greywind supposedly had a disturbing encounter with another North Dakota mother.
Speaking with The Forum, Roxane Cartwright said Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, (pictured left) approached her and her family at a neighborhood IHOP last year. Cartwright recalled how Crews interacted with her young daughter.
“Her eyes were huge; she was fixated on my daughter,” Cartwright told the paper.
The local woman claimed that a nervous Crews repeatedly said, “She’s exactly what I want,” while motioning to hold the baby girl. At one point, the situation became so uncomfortable that Cartwright said her young son responded, “That’s my sister Sofia.”
Cartwright, also trying to defuse the situation, took the baby from her cousin and began to breastfeed her—all while Crews stared at her and made odd noises.
A year later, Cartwright is positive that the woman was Crews.
“My hair stood up. I knew right away it was her,” the mother said, remembering her reaction after seeing her mugshot.
“It was the most bizarre situation I’ve ever been in.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Crews, along with William Henry Hoehn, 32, were arrested August 24 after officers allegedly found a healthy 2-day-old baby girl in their apartment. Authorities believe Crews lured LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, to her upstairs apartment August 19 under the guise of helping her with a sewing project.
At one point, detectives said they were investigating whether the baby girl was taken from LaFontaine-Greywind’s womb or if her labor was induced.
The body of LaFontaine-Greywind, who was eight months pregnant, was found wrapped in plastic near the Red River Sunday night. A preliminary report determined the mother-to-be died from homicidal violence. However, a detailed autopsy—which will determine an exact cause of death—is expected to take several weeks.
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Crews and Hoehn are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and providing false information to law enforcement. Crews and Hoehn are being held in the Cass County Jail on $2 million bail each.
The slain woman’s grieving boyfriend was allowed to see the newborn this week. Ashton Matheny told The Bismark Tribune that authorities allowed him to hold his daughter and take pictures with her. Despite the meeting, the baby girl will stay in protective custody until a DNA test can confirm LaFontaine-Greyind and Matheny as her parents.
“It was the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Matheny said. “I wish Savanna could have been there to enjoy it with me. After all these dark days, she lit my day right up.”
[Featured Image: Fargo Police Department/KVLY]