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The Deborah Evans Case

A Couple's Determination to Have a Baby No Matter What the Cost


Debra and Samantha Evans

Debra and Samantha Evans

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The Crime

On November 16, 1995, in Addison, Illinois, Jacqueline Williams, 28, her boyfriend, Fedell Caffey, 22, and her cousin, Laverne Ward, 24, entered the home of Ward's ex-girlfriend, 28-year-old Deborah Evans.

Deborah, who was nine months pregnant, had three children - 10-year-old Samantha, 8-year-old Joshua and 19-month-old Jordan, who was believed to be Ward’s son.

Deborah had a restraining order against Ward for domestic violence, but allowed the group into her home. Once inside, Ward tried to make Deborah accept $2,000 in exchange for her baby. When she refused, Caffey pulled out a gun and shot her. Then Ward and Caffey hunted down Deborah's daughter Samantha and stabbed her to death.

Stolen From His Mother's Womb

The three returned to Deborah, who was still alive, and using scissors and a knife, extracted the unborn male fetus from her womb, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on him, then cleaned him in the kitchen sink and dressed him.

The trio then went to a friend’s house, bringing along with them the infant and Deborah's son, Joshua. Jordan was left in the home alone with his dead mother and sister.

Joshua Reaches Out for Help

Joshua, who was frightened, reached out to the group’s friend for help. He named each of the men who he saw hurt his mother and sister. Once the group realized he could be a witness to their crimes they set out to murder him. He was poisoned, strangled and then Williams held him while Caffey slashed at his neck, killing him. His young body was left in an alley in a nearby town.

Jacqueline Williams and Fedell Caffey

The murder of Deborah Evans and the theft of her unborn child had been a plan in the works for some time. Williams, a mother of three, was unable to have any more children, but Caffey wanted to be a father and was pressuring Williams about having a baby.

Williams began to fake a pregnancy in April 1999, telling friends at her baby shower that the baby was due in August. She then moved the due date to October and on November 1, told her probation officer that she had given birth to a baby boy.

But there was a big problem. Williams was still without a baby and it is believed that her cousin Ward presented her with the solution. His ex-girlfriend, Deborah Evans was about to give birth to a new baby boy.

Now with a new baby in tow, Williams thought her worries were over. Her boyfriend was happy to be a father and she had a baby to show to her probation officer as well as friends and family.

Laverne Ward

Laverne Ward, who it is believed lead Williams and Caffey to Deborah Evans, was also the reason the three were arrested for the murders.

Reportedly, Ward called an old girlfriend right after murdering Deborah and told her to end her relationship with her boyfriend or face having the same thing done to her as was done to Deborah.

The police investigation also led to Ward after Jordan, who police believed was Ward's son, was left in the house unharmed.


The three were arrested and convicted. Williams received two life sentences, Ward received one life sentence and Caffey received the death penalty which was later commuted to life.


Elijah survived his brutal entry into the world unharmed and is now living with relatives.
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