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Attorneys work on insanity defense for Milwaukee woman accused of brutal murder


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee woman accused of ripping out another woman’s unborn child so she could pass it off as her own has a second personality shared by only one-percent of Americans.

That’s what a mental health expert said about 34-year-old Annette Morales-Rodriguez. 

Thursday, her lawyers asked a judge to accept the expert’s 57 page report to back up her insanity pleas in the deaths of 23-year-old Maritza Ramirez-Cruz and her unborn son last October.

A state psychiatrist found in December that Morales-Rodriguez did not have a mental disease.

But Georgetown expert Anne Speckhard said the defendant suffers from a condition called “dissociative disorder disease.” She said Morales-Rodriguez suffered intense sexual abuse and abandonment as a youngster – and she created a new personality to block it out.

That new personality is called “Lara.” And according to Speckhard, “Lara” wants to confess to the murders so the real Annete doesn’t have to go to prison.

Speckhard was part of the defense team that won an insanity verdict for Lorena Bobbitt, in a case that worldwide fame after she cut off her husband’s sex organ a number of years ago. Since then, she has testified in Congress and courts about post-traumatic stress disorder and related mental conditions.

But prosecutors asked the judge not to accept Speckhard’s report in the baby death. Mark Williams said her degree is in family social science – and Wisconsin’s federal judges have twice refused to recognize her as an expert witness.

A final version of Speckhard’s report is pending, and the judge will rule on it later.