Woman who slashed pregnant friend’s voicebox before ripping unborn child from her womb jailed for 40 years.

A “deranged” woman who ripped her pregnant friend’s unborn child from her womb in a sick plot to kidnap the baby has been jailed.

Ashleigh Wade, 24, sobbed and held her head in her hands as a sentence of 40 years to life was announced.

“I just want to say I’m so, so sorry and no words can express how sorry I am. I can’t say it enough. I’m sorry,” Wade said.

“I wish I knew why, and I don’t, and I try so hard, and I’m so sorry.”

Wade’s victim, mum-to-be Angelikque Sutton, was found dead with her stomach slashed open in an “improvised C-section”.

The 20-year-old woman, who was 37 weeks pregnant, was due to be married that day.

Miraculously, her baby girl – named Genesis – survived.

Wade was convicted of second-degree murder and kidnapping for performing the fatal Caesarean section on Angelikque Sutton, 22, after plunging a knife into her multiple times on November 20 2015.

Wade claimed the baby was hers and even pretended she was pregnant before plotting and executing the sickening crime.

During the trial, one juror passed out at the sight of a horrific photo of Angelikque’s mutilated body.

The trial came to a dramatic halt when prosecutors showed the pictures as medical examiner Declan Mcguone testified in the New York court last month.

The forensic pathologist was pointing out the victim’s detached uterus and the baby’s umbilical cord just feet from the jury box when the middle-aged woman collapsed.

Ms Sutton was on her way to marry Patrick Bradley when she dropped by the home of childhood friend Ashleigh Wade, who had a calculated plan to murder her but keep the baby alive.

The bride was nearly nine months pregnant and believed Wade had a wedding gift for her, but instead she slashed her friend’s voice box so she could not scream, before removing her uterus.

Wade pleaded not guilty to the charges.

During the trial, the prosecution said: “This was an attack that took place in stages.

“The defendant cut Ms Sutton’s larynx – her voice box. Ms Sutton could not scream, could not say a word. She cut her major blood vessels.

“What the defendant did to her next is almost unspeakable.

“Because after she had rendered Ms Sutton unable to scream, unable to move, the defendant took a kitchen paring knife and sliced Ms Sutton’s abdomen open at the bottom half.

“Once she had cut Ms Sutton’s abdomen open, the defendant cut Ms Sutton’s uterus entirely out. She cut that uterus open, took baby Jenasis out, and discarded that uterus on the bathroom floor.”

Ms Holtzman said: “The defendant needed for Ms Sutton to die, and she needed for Genesis to live.

“She had baby clothes, baby shoes, diapers, formula, a crib, everything that an expectant mother would need, except a baby. For that she needed Angelikque Sutton.”

Police arrived at the crime scene roughly 30 minutes after the killing.

Wade was found by her boyfriend cradling the baby girl next to her mother’s body.

She also screamed at police “It’s my baby!” as they took her into custody, the court heard.

Wade’s lawyer said that her client did not “intentionally” kill Ms Sutton.

Amy Attias said: “Something could have gone horribly and terribly and tragically wrong within Wade’s own mind.”

Wade previously told officers she “rescued” the tot, according to court papers.

Officer Jonathan Polanco Ortiz testified that the crime scene he went to that day “left a mark on his soul”.