Mother slain; son abducted

Keith Schuchardt (right) is comforted by friends in Spring, Texas, Wednesday, the day after the killing of his wife, Kala Golden, and abduction of his 3-day-old son.

SPRING, Texas — Verna McClain told her fiance she had given birth to their child, but after she suffered a miscarriage, authorities said, she went looking for another baby to present to him. Now she is accused of killing a young mother to take a child by force.

Investigators said McClain waited outside a pediatrician’s office north of Houston and shot Kala Golden before taking her son, who was 3 days old.

Little Keegan Golden was found unharmed hours later with McClain’s sister, who was told that her sister planned to adopt the boy. He is back with family members.

McClain is charged with capital murder and was being held Wednesday without bond. Authorities said she admitted attacking the woman Tuesday and stealing her baby.

McClain, 30, who listed a Houston address, was separated from her husband, with whom she had raised three children. “I don’t understand that, her taking a child,” said her estranged husband, Theo McClain of San Diego. “That doesn’t make sense. We have three kids. And then to shoot somebody? I’ve never known her to hurt anybody.”

McClain had told her fiance that she had given birth to their child. Instead, McClain had miscarried, said Capt. Bruce Zenor of the Montgomery County sheriff’s office.

Her fiancé, who was not identified Wednesday, is being interviewed by authorities.

Sheriff Tommy Gage said Kala Golden, 28, had placed Keegan into her pickup truck Tuesday after leaving Northwoods Pediatric Center in Spring, about 20 miles north of Houston. McClain was parked next to her, Gage said.

The woman repeatedly shot Golden, then snatched the child from her truck and drove away, according to witness accounts.

The dying woman leaned into the vehicle and tried to take the boy back, screaming, “My baby!” but her attacker sped off.

Later Tuesday, two detectives spotted a vehicle outside an apartment complex that matched witnesses’ descriptions, Gage said. Though McClain’s apartment was empty, she showed up and talked to authorities.

McClain was later arrested. Police say she admitted carrying out the attack. They do not believe anyone else was involved.

The kidnapped baby has been returned to his family, said his father, Keith Schuchardt, who said he had been married to Golden for three years.