Gypsy Rose Blanchard Pregnant Soon After Release from Prison for Plotting to Kill Abusive Mother

Gypsy Rose Blanchard, known for orchestrating the murder of her abusive mother, announced Tuesday that she is pregnant and hopes to provide her child with the love and care she missed out on during her own upbringing.

In a YouTube video, Blanchard revealed that her baby is due in January, a little over a year after her release from a women’s prison near Kansas City, Missouri.

"I just want to be a good mother for my child," she said, her voice breaking. "I want to be everything my mother wasn’t.”

Blanchard’s case gained national attention when it was revealed that her mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, had forced her to pretend she was seriously ill for years. 

Dee Dee kept Gypsy in a wheelchair and on a feeding tube, deceiving doctors into performing unnecessary procedures by claiming Gypsy’s medical records had been lost in Hurricane Katrina.

Gypsy’s lawyer said her mother suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a disorder where caregivers fabricate or exaggerate illnesses in their dependents to gain sympathy.

The mother-daughter pair received donations and even a home near Springfield, Missouri, from Habitat for Humanity. At 23, Gypsy supplied a knife to her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, and hid in the bathroom while he repeatedly stabbed her mother. 

They were arrested at Godejohn’s home in Wisconsin after fleeing by bus. Godejohn is now serving a life sentence in Missouri. Gypsy received a reduced sentence due to the abuse she endured.

Blanchard has since found a way to forgive her mother and herself, as she shared in promoting the Lifetime docuseries “The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard” and her e-book, “Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom.”

In her new video, Blanchard addressed critics who believe she isn’t ready for motherhood, dismissing their concerns. "It’s an amazing feeling when your whole world shifts and suddenly it’s not about you," she said. 

"It’s about this tiny little life inside you that you are now in charge of protecting. And that little life is a baby, a little human that’s yours, and you have to make sure you protect, love, and care for it. All the things I wish I could have had when I was little."

She shared that the baby’s father is Ken Urker, a former prison pen pal who proposed while she was incarcerated. Although they broke up and she married and later split from Ryan Scott Anderson, a special education teacher from Louisiana, she is now back with Urker.

"I couldn't be happier," she said, acknowledging the unconventional nature of their relationship. "Everything that has ever happened to me in my life suddenly doesn’t matter because it all led me to be who I am today and it all led me to this moment right here, right now. And that’s a blessing."

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