August 30, 2017 06:01 PM
The sister of a woman accused of conspiring to murder 8-month pregnant Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind to steal her baby in Fargo, North Dakota, said she's shocked at the crime her sister is charged. Though she added, it's hard for her not to believe the charges.
Prosecutors charged Brooke Crews and her boyfriend William Hoehn with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and false information. Greywind was last seen on Saturday. On Thursday, the couple was found with a newborn baby.
Investigators believe that baby is Savanna's daughter, Haisley Jo. Family members confirmed the baby's name to KSTP.
Close friends of the family told KSTP, the father of the baby, Ashton Matheny, had a court hearing on Tuesday to ask for visitation rights with his child.
The baby is in the custody of the Cass County Social Services. The county asked Matheny to submit to a DNA test to prove the baby's paternity. Matheny and his girlfriend Savanna Greywind had been together for seven years since they met in junior high school.
Brooke Crews' older sister Dawn Dyer told KSTP she cannot stop thinking about Savanna, and how the baby will grow up without a mother.
Dyer said Crews has seven children with five different men, but none of them lived with her. Dyer said Crews' oldest daughters live in Florida. She also has two children who live in Perham with their father. Court records showed at least one of her children sued Crews for child support.
Crews' boyfriend Hoehn was also sued for child support and charged with child abuse in 2011. Police in Grand Forks said Hoehn fractured his baby's skull. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to jail time.
Dyer said her sister looks like "she has no soul" in this case, and Dyer believes her sister changed even more when she met Hoehn in 2014. Dyer said she could not understand why her sister would "take someone else's life from them when you've had a choice to live you own and have your own children."
"I love my sister, I do," she added. "I don't want her to feel I'm against her, but I cannot support what she's done. I can support her, but I cannot support what she's done."
Dryer's comments came in tears, when talking to KSTP over the phone from North Carolina where she lives.
Dyer said she and her sister grew up together, but Crews went to live with her father when Crews was 13.
Dyer said Crews father was a career criminal. She said last talked to Crews 10 years ago, but the sisters kept in touch on Facebook. Dyer said Crews is one of eight siblings.
She said Crews disconnected from her family and last saw some of them at a family reunion seven years ago.
Dyer said she now thinks of the pain her sister has caused Greywind's family if the charges against her sister are true.
"I know they're seeking justice, and I hope they get the peace they need," she said. "I can't imagine what they're going through and that poor baby! The mother of this sweet girl that got her life taken away from her."
Dyer said she would go to Fargo for Crews trial. The trial may not get underway for six months. Crews and Hoehn are in jail on $2 million bond each and have court appointed lawyers.
Updated: August 30, 2017 06:01 PM
Created: August 30, 2017 05:39 PM
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