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Grandmother Fears Heather Mack's Baby is Being Sold

Stella was born shortly before her parents, Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer, were found guilty of murdering Mack’s mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack



    Grandmother Fears Mack's Baby is Being Sold

    Kia Walker spoke in a Cook County courtroom and said she has proof in the form of text messages. NBC Chicago's Chris Coffey reports. (Published Friday, June 12, 2015)

    The surviving grandmother of Heather Mack’s baby, Stella, said in court Friday that she fears the three-month-old is being sold for $150,000.

    Kia Walker spoke in a Cook County courtroom and said she has proof in the form of text messages. Cook County Judge Neil Cohen urged Walker to hire an attorney.

    Walker declined to elaborate on her allegation when asked by NBC 5 to provide more information.

    "I’d rather put it in a book," Walker told NBC Chicago.

    Mack’s attorney, Michael Elkin, denied the allegations.

    “The allegations of Heather selling Baby Stella for $150,000 are unequivocally not true, but are nothing more than a smearing campaign of Heather’s genuine concerns for Stella," he told NBC Chicago. "The financial motives of Kia Walker are coming to light by her own admissions.”

    Stella was born shortly before her parents, Mack and Tommy Schaefer, were found guilty of murdering Mack’s mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack. Her body was found beaten and stuffed in a suitcase near a posh resort in Bali last August. Mack and Schaefer are serving 10 and 18 year prison terms for their roles in the murder.

    Mack and her baby are currently living with eight other women in a cell in the Kerobokan Prison. 

    Earlier this week, Mack told NBC Chicago, through her attorney, that she was considering allowing another family in Indonesia to raise Stella. But she stated nothing was set in stone.

    Bill Wiese (right), Sheila von Wiese-Mack's brother, is seen with his sister, Debbi Curran (center) and another unidentified family member.
    Photo credit: Chris Coffey

    Von Wiese-Mack’s family members attended Friday’s court proceedings on the continued fight over the trust fund she left behind. The fund that started at nearly $1.6 million now contains approximately $1.2 million. Money has been spent on lawyer fees and Mack’s and Stella’s living expenses while in custody in Bali.

    While the family contests Mack’s access to the fund, they are prepared to make support payments to Stella. They also found a good Samaritan in Indonesia to provide help.

    "We just wish the best for Stella and we’re all concerned about Stella, her health and for Stella to have a wonderful life," said Bill Wiese, the brother of Sheila Von Wiese-Mack and Heather’s uncle.

    Debbi Curran described her sister, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, as a kind and generous person who loved everybody.

    "She was my best friend, my only sister and I miss her," Curran said. "We will honor her the rest of our lives."

    Friends and family members of Sheila von Wiese-Mack planned a memorial concert for her Saturday at the Evanston Public Library.

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    Judge Neil Cohen said he did not want lawyers "eating up" the money for the child. NBC Chicago's Chris Coffey reports.
    (Published Monday, June 1, 2015)

    Complete Coverage: Bali Suitcase Murder

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    04/09/15: Prosecutors Insist Murder Was Planned

    03/31/15: Prosecutors Seek 18-Year Sentences

    03/27/15: Baby Stella Sick With Jaundice

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    03/20/15: Mack "Ecstatic" to be a Mom, Lawyer Says

    03/19/15: Emails Show Concern Months Before Bali Slaying

    03/18/15: Mack's Baby Could Stay Behind Bars

    03/17/15: Heather Mack Gives Birth

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    03/11/15: Mack Says Schaefer Killed Her Mother

    02/27/15: Teen Charged in Bali Murder is Suicidal, Attorney Says

    02/26/15: Bell Boy, Police Testify in Tommy Schaefer Trial

    02/06/15: Heather Mack Hospitalized

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    01/20/15: Judge Approves Release of $150K From Trust Fund

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    09/19/14: Chicago Suspect Confesses in Bali Killing, Police Say

    08/27/14: Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense

    08/26/14: Will of Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Filed in Court

    08/21/14: Police Say Disagreement Preceded Bali Suitcase Death

    08/20/14: Report: Chicago Woman Slain in Bali Received Over $800K

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    08/18/14: Pregnant Bali Murder Suspect Alleges Sexual Assault in Jail

    08/18/14: Body of Mom Slain in Bali En Route to U.S.

    08/16/14: Autopsy: Chicago Woman Killed in Bali Was Hit by "Blunt Object"

    08/16/14: Bali Murder Suspects Refuse to Cooperate, Police Say

    08/15/14: Teen Charged in Bali Murder May Be Pregnant

    08/15/14: Daughter, Boyfriend Charged With Murder in Bali Suitcase Killing

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    08/13/14: Chicago Tourist Killed, Stuffed in Suitcase in Indonesia

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