gypsy pregnant

Louisiana native Gypsy Rose Blanchard announced her pregnancy Tuesday, about six months after her release from prison in a case related to the death of her mother.

Blanchard is expecting her first child with Ken Urker. The 32-year-old Blanchard became pen pals with Urker while she was serving time at a correctional center in Missouri for the second-degree murder of DeeDee Blanchard. The two dated for years while Blanchard remained behind bars.

After their split in 2022, Blanchard tied the knot with Ryan Scott Anderson in prison. In March, Blanchard announced their separation before rekindling her relationship with Urker and going on dates in New Orleans and beyond.

The announcement was made on Blanchard's YouTube channel, after rumors had been circulating about the newly couple expecting a child.?

Blanchard said that since discovering her pregnancy, nothing else has mattered besides her future baby that she is now "in charge of protecting."

"That little, tiny life is baby," Blanchard said while discussing motherhood. "A little tiny human that's yours that you have to make sure you protect and love, you take care of, all of the things that I wished I could've gotten when I was little."

As a child, Blanchard was a victim of medical abuse under the care of her mother, who falsely claimed that her daughter needed intense treatments for serious illnesses like leukemia and muscular dystrophy. The mother and daughter were heavily sympathized for their non-existent medical struggles by various communities in Louisiana — where they lived before their home was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina — and their home in Missouri.?

Psychologists have said that Dee Dee had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental illness in which a caretaker fabricates a child's symptoms of illnesses.

With little hope that she would ever escape the mental and physical abuse, Blanchard asked her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to kill her mother in 2015. Godejohn continues to serve time in prison, after stabbing Dee Dee to death while she was asleep at her Missouri home. Blanchard was charged with second-degree murder and given a 10-year sentence. Her sentence was shortened after her parole in December of 2023.?

The slaughtering of Dee Dee was a pinnacle case in true crime history that continues to be chronicled in multiple documentaries, including "Mommy Dead and Dearest" and the latest Lifetime series, "Life After Lock Up."

"I want to be everything my mother wasn't," Blanchard said tearfully in the video.

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