A PREGNANT woman was found beheaded as her family planned her baby shower, police have 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.
The 22-year-old’s head was found in a dumpster outside her apartment, court documents obtained by the St Louis Dispatch revealed.
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.
Dodd's mom Heidi Noel told KMOV: “We were just excited and gathering the items you need to have a baby.
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“She wasn’t set on a name yet. [She] said ‘my little bean’. So, we essentially were calling the baby ‘baby bean’.”
Alton Police Chief Marcos Pulido told reporters that Noel went to check on her when she found her remains.
He said she was “savagely killed”, adding it was “beyond irreprehensible”.
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.”
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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.”
Neighbors 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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