The longtime boyfriend of a pregnant North Dakota woman who was murdered by her upstairs neighbors and had her baby taken from her womb is speaking out four months after the unthinkable ordeal.
Ashton Matheny recently told People that he dreams about slain girlfriend Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind every night. However, Matheny said that raising their 4-month-old daughter, Haisley Jo, while knowing that LaFontaine-Greywind was murdered while pregnant with her is like “living a nightmare.”
“She would have been the best mom ever,” he said of the woman he planned to marry.
“She was so good with kids.”
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.
Brooke Crews and Willam Hoehn, her upstairs neighbors, were arrested on August 24 after authorities allegedly found Haisley Jo, the murdered woman’s 2-day-old baby girl, alive in their apartment.
Haisley Jo spent a month in protective custody following LaFontaine-Greywind’s murder. In early September, a Cass County District Court judge granted Matheny custody of his daughter after a DNA test confirmed him as the father of the infant girl.
“I’ve been waiting to be a father for a while. She’s the only good thing that came out of this,” Matheny said at the time, according to WDAY.
“She looks a lot like Savanna.”
Earlier this month, one of the suspects admitted to her role in LaFontaine-Greywind’s abduction and murder. Crews pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, and providing false information to police. Hoehn has pleaded not guilty to the same charges and his trial is scheduled for March 20.
Though Matheny said it’s “gotten easier” to raise his infant daughter on his own, the single father still struggles with the reality that Haisley Jo will never meet her mother.
“Everyone says you have your daughter to look forward to [raising]’,” he said.
“And I do. But that doesn’t bring back Savanna. Nothing will.”
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