Couple Arrest in Connection with Kidnapped, Killed Pregnant Women


A Missouri couple has been federally charged for their alleged roles in the kidnapping and killing of a pregnant Arkansas woman, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Amber Waterman, 42, and her husband, Jamie Waterman, 42, were charged in criminal complaints filed Friday in Missouri’s U.S. District Court in Springfield Friday.

Authorities stated that the Watermans will remain in federal custody while they await their detention hearings.

According to the federal complaint Amber Waterman was charged in one count of kidnapping leading to death. Prosecutors allege that Waterman abducted Ashley Bush, who was 31-weeks pregnant, between Monday to Wednesday. “in order to claim her unborn child as her own,”According to the complaint.

Bush was reported missing Monday by her fiancé in Benton County, Arkansas. 

Waterman traveled to Arkansas last week using the alias of “Lucy”Federal prosecutors stated that Waterman met the woman, who was eight months pregnant, at a library. According to the complaint, Waterman returned Monday under the pretense of taking Bush to an interview for her employer.

Instead, Waterman brought Bush to Missouri. “resulting in her death,”Prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say the fiancé had dropped Bush at a store, where she was to meet “Lucy.” He watched them drive away in a truck. Later, the man returned to Bush’s house and watched as the truck drove by. “Lucy”The complaint stated that he was at the wheel. Authorities said that he had told the woman to keep driving but she continued to drive. Investigators stated that he followed the woman in her vehicle, but could not catch up. 

He found his fiancée’s cell phone in a ditch. This and social media were used to establish that. “Lucy”The complaint stated that Amber Waterman created a false identity and pseudonym for the plaintiff.

Jamie Waterman was charged with being an accessory to kidnapping that resulted in death. According to the complaint, he was accused of helping Bush’s widow burn Bush’s body and then driving and dropping them off just a short distance away from their home. 

“This is just a reminder that there is evil in the world,”Nathan Smith, Benton County prosecutor, addressed reporters Thursday in Arkansas. He and the sheriff shared the horrifying discovery made by Missouri investigators. “People do evil things. And that someone would prey upon a pregnant woman at her most vulnerable state is unimaginable, but unfortunately that’s the world we live in.”

Authorities say that additional charges could be brought against the Watermans in Arkansas and Missouri.



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