November 28, 2017 08:16 PM

One of the suspects charged in connection with the death of a North Dakota mother-to-be earlier this year is planning to change her plea, multiple news outlets report.

Brooke Crews, 38, was arrested not long after the August disappearance of 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. Crews was allegedly discovered with LaFontaine-Greywind’s newborn daughter days after the younger woman mysteriously vanished in Fargo, police have said.

LaFontaine-Greywind was found dead less than two weeks after going missing. Authorities have not said how or under what circumstances she gave birth.

Crews is scheduled to change her plea at a Dec. 11 hearing in Cass County, North Dakota, District Court, the Bismark Tribune reports.

On Monday, her public defender, Steve Mottinger, filed a motion asking for a change of plea hearing, local TV station KFGO reports.

Mottinger said it is an open plea and that he has no agreement with the state’s attorneys office, according to KFGO.

It is not known if Crews plans to plead guilty or not guilty by reason of mental insanity.

Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind/Facebook

There is no plea deal in place as no amended complaint is being considered, said prosecutor Leah Viste. This means that any change of plea will pertain to the original charges, Valley News Live reports.

On Oct. 3, Crews’ Mottinger filed a motion requesting a mental health evaluation of Crews, court records state, according to KFGO.

A mental health evaluation could determine whether Crews is competent to be held criminally responsible for the crimes.

Crews and her live-in boyfriend, 32-year-old William Henry Hoehn, were arrested in LaFontaine-Greywind’s case on Aug. 24, according to police.

They are both charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and providing false information to police in connection with LaFontaine-Greywind’s Aug. 19 disappearance. The mother-to-be was found dead and wrapped in plastic in the nearby Red River on Aug. 27, police said.

LaFontaine-Greywind, who was eight-months pregnant, vanished after visiting Crews’ apartment in the same building where she lived with her family, according police. Authorities said Crews had asked her to model a dress she was sewing.

Days later, while authorities searched for LaFontaine-Greywind, Crews was arrested in her apartment after neighbors allegedly heard a baby crying in the building.

Hoehn, who lived with Crews, was arrested later the same day at his job.

Police said they allegedly found Crews with a newborn baby girl. DNA testing later showed that the child, Haisley Jo, was in fact LaFontaine-Greywind’s daughter, authorities said.

Haisley Jo
Lafontaine-Greywind family

Ashton Matheny, Lafontaine-Greywind’s longtime boyfriend and Haisley Jo’s father, was granted custody of her in September.

On Sept. 28, Crews’ public defender entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf during her arraignment.

That same day, Hoehn also entered a not-guilty plea in lieu of an Oct. 5 court appearance.

Hoehn is expected back in court on Dec. 6. Crews’ attorney did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

You May Like