A PREGNANT woman was found beheaded by her distraught mother as her family planned her baby shower, police said.
Cops arrested Liese Dodd’s ex-boyfriend, Deundrea Holloway, on suspicion of murder after her remains were found in her Alton, Illinois, home on June 9, 2022.
The mother of the expecting young woman, 22, has spoken of the horrific moment she found her daughter's body in a dumpster.
“It’s not something I wish on anybody. So, yeah, I rather not speak on that,” Dodd's mom Heidi Noel told KMOV.
Dodd, who was eight months pregnant, was due to give birth in July and her family was planning her baby shower which was due to take place this month.
Her family said the baby would have been her first child.
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“We were just excited and gathering the items you need to have a baby," Noel added.
"She wasn’t set on a name yet. [She] said 'my little bean.' So, we essentially were calling the baby 'baby bean.'"
Describing her late daughter, Noel said Dodd "was just a bright light that cared for everyone".
"She'd do anything for anyone. She'd go out of her way to help people."
The grieving mother added: "I just wish she would've known how loved she was. That she wouldn't have ever been alone, [and] that she could've gotten out of this relationship and had a full life."
Alton Police Chief Marcos Pulido told reporters that Noel went to check on Dodd when she found her remains.
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He said she was "savagely killed," adding it was "beyond reprehensible."
Pulido said: “This daughter, this mother-to-be, and her family were in the planning stages of a baby shower that was supposed to be at the end of June but now instead the family is planning a funeral because of what a monster did.”
Cops revealed that Dodd and Holloway, also 22, dated on and off for around two years, KMOV reported.
Holloway has been charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child.
He’s also been charged with the dismemberment of a human body, concealment of homicide death, and motor vehicle offenses.
Madison County State Attorney Thomas Haine said: “We believe the evidence will show that the defendant’s gruesome actions here killed both a young woman and the child she carried in her womb.
“In the eyes of the law, both these killings are equal and he will now face justice for both.”
Neighbours told KMOV that they are praying for Dodd’s family.
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April Wooten said she “couldn’t imagine” finding her daughter decapitated.
Holloway is being held in jail on a $2,000,000 bond.
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