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‘She is a happy little girl’: More than a year later, baby stolen from slain mother’s womb is thriving, father says

The boyfriend of a slain North Dakota woman whose neighbors cut their unborn child from her womb in August 2017 said their now-16-month-old is doing well despite the loss of her mother.

Speaking with People, Ashton Matheny said he is enrolled in community college while his toddler daughter, Haisley Jo Matheny, is in a Head Start program where she loves playing with other children. Ashton is living life as a single father following the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, whose disappearance and slaying sparked a yearlong saga that grabbed international headlines.

“She says ‘Daddy and Mommy,’” he said. “She just learned to say puppy.”

LaFontaine-Greywind, eight months pregnant, disappeared from her Fargo apartment on August 19, 2017. Kayakers found her body wrapped in plastic near the Red River on August 27.

Days before the discovery of her body, her upstairs neighbors, Brooke Crews, 39, and William Hoehn, 33, were arrested after authorities found LaFontaine-Greywind’s then-2-day-old baby girl alive in their apartment. Crews ultimately admitted to luring her expecting neighbor to her apartment and cutting her baby from her womb.

[Image: William Hoehn, Brooke Crews/Cass County Sheriff’s Office]
Crews was sentenced to life in prison without parole in February while Hoehn was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in late October.

Ashton told People that money is tight and that opportunities for work are scarce where he lives. He said a GoFundMe that amassed $20,000 allowed him to purchase a new vehicle and renovate the home he and Haisley Jo share.

The single father went on to say that he thinks about his slain girlfriend every day and, despite any struggles, he’s “content” with his life these days.

Referring to his toddler daughter, he said, “She is a happy little girl.”

 

[Featured image: Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, Haisley Jo Matheny/Facebook]