The woman accused of kidnapping and killing pregnant North Dakota woman Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind changed her plea on Monday.
Brooke Crews, one of two suspects facing charges, appeared in the Cass County Courthouse and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, and providing false information to police. Crews had previously pleaded not guilty.
Crews will be sentenced on January 16, according to WDAY.
“From where I stand, she accepted responsibility today,” said defense attorney Steven Mottinger, adding that Crews’ guilty plea guilty plea “goes a long way in terms of us being able to argue for something less than life without parole.”
The news comes weeks after Crews underwent a mental evaluation at the request of her defense attorney. The results of the test remain sealed but possibly played a role in Monday’s plea change.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her Fargo apartment on August 19. Kayakers found the woman’s remains wrapped in plastic near the Red River on August 27.
Crews and Willam Hoehn, her upstairs neighbors, were arrested on August 24 after authorities allegedly found the victim’s 2-day-old baby girl, later named Haisley Jo, alive in their apartment.
Authorities accused Crews of luring LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, to her upstairs apartment the guise of helping her with a sewing project. However, Crews reportedly claimed that she helped LaFontaine-Greywind self-induce her birth at Crews’ apartment on August 19. She allegedly said that the victim returned two days later to give her the newborn.
Meanwhile, Hoehn, 32, reportedly told officers that he came home at 2:30 p.m. on August 19 and found Crews cleaning up blood in the bathroom.
Crews then presented the newborn to him and said, “This is our baby now,” according to court documents.
Hoehn reportedly admitted to removing garbage bags containing bloody towels and Crews’ bloody shoes from the residence and discarding them in a dumpster.
Hoehn is facing the same charges as Crews and has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for March 20.
[Featured Image: Brooke Crews/Fargo Police Department; Savannah LaFontaine-Greywind/KVLY]