Gypsy Rose Blanchard pregnant after release from prison

Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who recruited her ex-boyfriend to kill her mother after being forced to fake a serious illness for years, announced Tuesday that she is pregnant and hopes to give her child everything she missed growing up.

Blanchard said in a YouTube video that the baby will be born in January, which will be a little over a year after birth. she was freed from a women’s prison northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

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

Blanchard’s case garnered national tabloid attention after reports emerged that her mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, who was murdered in 2015, had effectively held her daughter captive and forced her to use a wheelchair and a feeding tube.

Dee Dee Blanchard misled doctors into performing unnecessary procedures by telling them her daughter’s medical records had been lost in Hurricane Katrina, Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s attorney says.

The lawyer said the mother had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental disorder in which parents or caregivers seek pity through exaggerated or fabricated illnesses in their children.

The mother-daughter duo received charitable donations and even a home near Springfield, Missouri, from Habitat for Humanity.

When Gypsy Rose Blanchard turned 23, she gave her then-boyfriend a knife and hid in a bathroom while he repeatedly stabbed her mother, according to the probable cause affidavit. Gypsy and Nicholas Godejohn, whom she met on a Christian dating website, then took a bus to Godejohn’s Wisconsin home, where they were arrested.

Godejohn serves a life sentence in Missouri. Prosecutors made a deal with Blanchard because of the abuse she suffered. Eventually found a way to forgive her mother and herself, she said shortly after her release while promoting the Lifetime docuseries “The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard” and her own e-book “Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom.”

Previous coverage includes the 2017 HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest” and the 2019 Hulu miniseries “The Act.”

Blanchard said in the new video that she knows some people think she’s not ready to be a mother, that it’s too soon. But she was dismissive, saying that no one is ever truly ready for parenthood.

“It’s an amazing feeling when your whole world changes and it’s not about you anymore,” she said. “It’s about nothing but this little life that’s inside of you that you have to protect. And that little life is a baby, a little person that’s yours that you have to protect and love and care for. And all the things that I wish I had when I was little.”

She said the baby’s father is Ken Urker, a prison pen pal who proposed to her while Blanchard was incarcerated. They later separated, and she instead married Ryan Scott Anderson, a special education teacher from Lake Charles, Louisiana. However, Blanchard and Anderson split shortly after her release from prison, and she is now back with Urker. Blanchard said the pregnancy was unplanned, but that she and Urker are both excited and committed to starting a family together.

“I couldn’t be happier,” she said, acknowledging the relationship is unconventional. “Everything that’s ever happened to me in my life suddenly doesn’t matter anymore, because it’s all brought me to who I am today and it’s all led me to this moment, right here, right now. And that’s a blessing.”

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