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Charges: Woman told Savanna Greywind how to induce labor, hoped to keep baby as her own

Savanna Greywind's neighbors are now charged after her body was found in the Red River.

Savanna Greywind's neighbor says she told the 22-year-old how to induce labor, and was hoping she could keep Greywind's baby as her own, charges against the woman say. 

Greywind, who was 8 months pregnant, went missing Aug. 19. Her body was found in the Red River Sunday evening, wrapped in plastic and duct tape.

Greywind went missing after going to her neighbor's apartment. Now those neighbors – Brooke Lynn Crews and William Henry Hoehn – have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and false information, a news release from the Cass County State’s Attorney in North Dakota says.

Officials said they searched Crews' and Hoehn’s apartment multiple times, but there was no sign of the 22-year-old Greywind. But when investigators searched the apartment again last Thursday, they found Crews and a newborn baby inside.

Both Crews and Hoehn were then arrested, the criminal complaint says. Crews told police she had Greywind come to her apartment and told her how to self-induce childbirth by breaking her own water.

Crews said Greywind then left the apartment and came back around 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 with the baby, the complaint says. Crews admitted she took advantage of Greywind in hopes to get the baby and raise her as her own, according to the charges. Crews also said she had multiple chances to turn the child over to police or Greywind’s family, but didn’t knowing Greywind was a missing person, the complaint notes.

Hoehn told police he came home from work the afternoon of Aug. 19 to find Crews cleaning up blood in their bathroom, the complaint says. He also said Crews showed him the baby girl and said, “This is our baby, this is our family now.”

Hoehn also admitted to police that he threw garbage bags filled with bloody towels in an apartment building dumpster in West Fargo, the complaint says. 

Police gave an update on the case Monday morning, noting around the same time Greywind's body was discovered in the river, a search party found "suspicious items" on a farmstead on the Minnesota side of the river, which made investigators think it was a crime scene. 

However, officials wouldn’t say whether Greywind was killed there or somewhere else. 

Greywind's body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in the Twin Cities for an autopsy. An official cause of death hasn't been released. 

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