This post deals with murder and sexual assault and might be triggering for some readers.
A last ditch effort to halt Lisa Montgomery's death by lethal injection on mental health grounds has been overturned, with the 52-year-old the 11th federal death row inmate to be executed during the Trump administration.
A federal judge in Indiana late on Monday local time issued a stay of execution based on evidence that Montgomery was unable to understand the government’s rationale for her being put to death.
The stay of execution - issued just hours before her scheduled execution - has now been overturned by the Supreme Court, and Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1.31am local time on January 13.
Montgomery is only the 16th woman executed in the US since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Watch: The Trump administration is likely to continue pushing for the execution while it remains in power. Post continues after video.
Montgomery committed a terrible crime. In 2004, in Skidmore, Missouri, she strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett and cut her unborn baby from her womb. Amazingly, the baby survived. Montgomery claimed she’d given birth to the little girl and she and her husband Kevin began showing her to friends.
Montgomery was arrested the following day. She was found guilty of kidnapping and murder in 2007 and has been on death row ever since. Her lawyers have argued that executing her is a “profound injustice”, due to her mental illness and childhood trauma. But those arguments have not been successful.
So what led Montgomery to do something so unspeakably brutal?
According to court documents, Montgomery’s father was an alcoholic and her mother was frequently drunk when pregnant with her. Her early life was “filled with turmoil”, with her half-sister Diane being adopted out to another family. Her parents split when she was three, and her mother, Judy Shaughnessy, got remarried, to Jack Kleiner. According to the documents, Montgomery’s new stepfather abused her physically and began sexually abusing her when she was about 14. When Montgomery was 16, her mother saw her stepfather raping her and the marriage ended.