A woman, whose body was found on the side of a road in Colombia earlier this month, allegedly had her unborn baby removed from her womb, local media reports said Monday.

The woman, identified as 23-year-old Yadira Sotelo, has been arrested in connection with the murder of 37-year-old Sandra Solano, Yahoo News reported.

The horrific incident came to light on April 9 in the village of Chacua in the municipality of Soacha. The police said the victim had cuts to her throat, face and abdomen, and her blood-stained clothes were found nearby.

The police said Solano was born in Garagoa, a town to the north of the Colombian capital of Bogota. Soacha mayor Juan Carlos Saldarriaga said Solano was homeless. Authorities said Solano was 37 weeks pregnant, Euro 24 reported.

It is believed Sotelo hired a hitman to kill Solano and steal her unborn child. The accused reportedly paid the hitman $3,955 to carry out the act.

It is believed Sotelo carried out the attack as she reportedly lost her own baby two months ago, and failed to inform her partner or relatives of the miscarriage. She faked the continuation of her pregnancy, and then tried to pass the stolen baby off as her own.

The incident came to light when her family took Sotelo and the newborn to the hospital after she apparently gave birth suddenly. At the hospital, the doctors found the woman lacked the physical characteristics and hormonal load of a recently pregnant person.

The hospital informed the police, following which Sotelo was questioned. At the time of interrogation, the police reportedly found inconsistencies in her statements.

The police also found CCTV footage showing Sotelo walking with a baby in her arms, along with two men, in a rural area near where the body of Solano was found. Sotelo has reportedly admitted to , local media reports said.

The cops revealed Sotelo had a criminal record for aggravated theft, and was under house arrest for another murder at the time of Solano's death. Sotelo has reportedly been charged with aggravated homicide, torture and trafficking of children and adolescents.

Authorities put the newborn baby, who is reportedly in good health, under the care of the Colombian Family Welfare Institute.

The authorities are now attempting to find the two suspects, who have been accused of committing the crime. Sotelo and two others are believed to have lured the victim by inviting her to consume hallucinogens in the area where her body was found.

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