Lisa Montgomery was executed after spending more than 13 years on death (Image: Wyandotte County Sheriff/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
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The teenage daughter of 'womb raider' Lisa Montgomery's victim finally has "closure" after the killer's execution, according to her family.
Montgomery strangled Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, before she cut open her pregnant belly and ripped out baby Victoria Jo in 2004, who miraculously survived.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the now 52-year-old was given the lethal injection at Terre Haute prison, Indiana, in America's first federal execution of a woman prisoner in 67 years.
Montgomery had researched caesareans along with birthing kits before driving 170 miles from her Kansas home to heavily pregnant dog breeder Bobbie Jo, in Skidmore, Missouri, under the guise of buying a puppy.
Bobbie Jo Stinnett was eight months pregnant with Victoria Jo when she was murdered
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Officers found her the day after the gruesome killing, cradling the stolen baby at home while watching her own police appeal.
Victoria Jo – now 16 – survived the ordeal and was raised by her dad Zeb.
Bobbie Jo's brother-in-law, Ace Stinnett, told The Sun the execution "brings us closure", adding: "Bobbie Jo would be happy."
Victoria Jo survived the ordeal and was raised by her dad Zeb
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Referring to Victoria Jo and Zeb, the 41-year-old said: "I don't speak to them about what happened, but she [Victoria] absolutely understands.
"She's 16 now, she's getting along good, happy and living a normal life, he [Zeb] is bringing her up well."
He went on to brand Montgomery "evil" and said he wasn't surprised she failed to apologise before being put to death.
Montgomery's execution had initially been halted at the 11th hour
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A judge had initially postponed the execution on mental health grounds just hours before she was due to die.
However, the US Supreme Court overturned this decision, with the murderer's legal representatives slamming the decision.
Kelley Henry, Montgomery's lawyer, called the pending execution "vicious, unlawful, and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power".
The US federal prison in Terre Haute, Indianapolis
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Multiple appeals had argued Montgomery was mentally ill and unable to comprehend the execution, following a childhood filled with abuse, including forced prostitution.
"The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight," Ms Henry said immediately after the execution.
"Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame.
"No one can credibly dispute Mrs. Montgomery's longstanding debilitating mental disease – diagnosed and treated for the first time by the Bureau of Prisons' own doctors."