Amber and Jamie Waterman Charged in Kidnapping, Death of Pregnant Ashley Bush

The Missouri woman charged with kidnapping and killing a expecting woman to steal her fetus used an provide of cost-free baby clothes, posted on social media less than a pseudonym, to entice her into a entice, authorities say.

Amber Waterman is now dealing with federal fees for allegedly having Ashley Bush throughout condition traces from Arkansas. And Waterman’s spouse, Jamie, is charged as accent, accused of aiding her torch the 33-calendar year-old victim’s body.

A felony complaint reveals that investigators cracked the scenario with the aid of Bush’s fiancé, cellphone pings, social media records—and a confession from Jamie Waterman.

Bush, who was 31 weeks pregnant, agreed to fulfill a female employing the title “Lucy Barrows” on Fb who posted that she had “a bunch of toddler merchandise if any mothers to be need them.”

Immediately after conference at a library in Gravette, Arkansas, “Lucy” available to hook up Bush with a task and her fiancé, Joshua Willis, drove her to a convenience retail outlet on Oct. 28 and manufactured designs to choose her up there.

In accordance to the complaint, when Willis returned he observed “Lucy” in a pickup truck driving away with Bush—who then did not pick up her phone, which was uncovered days later on on the facet of the highway.

Police were being equipped to come across the Facebook profile for “Lucy Burrows” and trace the IP handle to the Waterman house in Pineville, Missouri. They ended up also ready to use Bush’s cellphone records to display that she traveled from Arkansas to Missouri.

On Nov. 1, detectives went to the Waterman home where Amber claimed that the working day prior to she went into labor and shipped a stillborn little one. Blood was identified on the seats of a pickup truck that matched the description of the truck Willis observed Bush using in before she went missing.

Two times later on, investigators went to Jamie Waterman’s place of work, wherever he allegedly advised them that the day ahead of, Amber experienced confessed to killing Bush, only to speedily blame it on “Lucy.”

He allegedly said Amber led him to Bush’s body which “was clothed and was lying deal with-down following to a boat subsequent to the residence,” lined with a blue tarp, the criticism reported.

Amber Waterman, the complaint suggests, taken off a ring from Bush’s finger, and Jamie dragged the entire body to a fireplace pit. The few allegedly doused the victim with gasoline and set a blaze that burned for an hour.

The two of them then are mentioned to have driven the charred stays a quick length and dumped the human body. According to investigators, Jamie Waterman led them to the dump spot, exactly where the physique was recovered.

Authorities say Bush’s fetus was located at a distinctive area in Missouri.

Prosecutor Nathan Smith explained it seems Bush was shot to death. He would not say how the fetus was eliminated from her system. “People do evil items,” Smith claimed. “That a person would prey on a expecting lady at her most vulnerable state is unimaginable. Which is the environment we stay in.”

News of Bush’s dying and the arrest of the Watermans was specifically chilling to an Arkansas mom named Emily Smith, who told KNWA that she experienced a near get in touch with with “Lucy Barrows.”

“I’m on the lookout for maternity clothing since I am anticipating, and Lucy Barrows commented on there and claimed she may have some,” Smith said.

“She had despatched these pictures of just a pair of distinctive pics of these tops, and there was a pair, a few of shorts. And then, she mentioned we could meet, ” Smith mentioned.

But Smith reported the photos have been odd, and the Fb profile was only two days old so she made the decision to pass.

“I’m grateful for the Lord. He was wanting out for me, but I experience so poor for [Bush’s] loved ones. It sucks that we have people in the planet that sick,” Smith mentioned.