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Seven months after her release from prison, Gypsy Rose Blanchard is pregnant.

Blanchard posted a nine-minute video on her YouTube channel on Tuesday morning titled “I’m Pregnant, My Journey So Far,” in which she announced that she is 11 weeks pregnant with her ex-fiancé and current boyfriend Ken Urker. She is due in January 2025.

“This was not planned at all. It was completely unexpected, but we are both very excited about this new adventure of parenthood,” Blanchard said in her video.

In the video, Blanchard talks about her pregnancy symptoms, the baby’s health and her plans for the future.

During the video, Blanchard takes a moment to breathe through tears as she talks about her new purpose as a mother.

“It’s an incredible feeling when your whole world changes and suddenly it’s not about you anymore. It’s about nothing but the tiny little life inside you that you have to protect now,” Blanchard said in the video. “That tiny life is a baby, a tiny human that’s yours and that you have to protect and love and care for and all the things that I wish I had when I was little.”

“Everything I want in a mother, I want to give to this baby,” Blanchard said through tears. “I know I’m a mother now and I’m happy. I just want to be a good mother to my child. I want to be everything my mother wasn’t.”

Blanchard ends her video on an encouraging note.

“It’s a blessing,” Blanchard said. “I’ve found my freedom in a way I never expected, and I’m OK with that.”

Who is Ken Urker?

Blanchard and Urker first became engaged while Blanchard was serving her eight-year sentence at Chillicothe Correctional Center. Blanchard was incarcerated for plotting the murder of her abusive mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, in 2015 with her then-boyfriend Nick Godejohn. She was due to be released from prison in December 2023.

However, after two years of relationship, Blanchard and Urker separated.

In 2022, Blanchard married Louisiana educator Ryan Scott Anderson. After their release, the two were busy completing a press tour for the Lifetime documentary series “The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard.” They also appeared together on several talk shows and podcasts and shared photos and videos together on their own social media accounts.

But in late March, Blanchard announced that she was filing for divorce from Anderson. Around the same time, photos of Blanchard and Urker appeared on social media.

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Blanchard started posting videos to her YouTube channel about a week and a half ago. As of Tuesday, she has uploaded three videos, including her pregnancy announcement, a 14-minute Q&A session and a behind-the-scenes look at her preparations for a photo shoot.

What was Gypsy’s case about?

Blanchard’s mother, Dee Dee, was accused of faking a series of physical and developmental ailments for her daughter, including leukemia, asthma and muscular dystrophy, in order to receive disability payments and donations from charities. She reportedly suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental disorder in which someone makes another person ill out of pity or for profit.

In 2008, Dee Dee and Gypsy moved into a newly built home in north Springfield after their rental home in Louisiana was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The Blanchards purchased the Springfield home from Habitat for Humanity of Springfield.

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Gypsy spent much of her life in a wheelchair but eventually sought help from Godejohn, whom she met online, to escape her mother. Godejohn traveled from Wisconsin, where he lived, to Springfield, where the two plotted to kill Dee Dee.

On June 14, 2015, police were alerted to a post on Dee Dee’s Facebook page that read, “This bitch is dead!” before Dee Dee’s body was found dead in her home with multiple stab wounds. At the same time, Gypsy was nowhere to be found, having fled to Wisconsin with Godejohn.

After the couple’s arrest, Gypsy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to ten years in prison for her role in the fatal stabbing of her mother. She was eligible for parole after serving 85% of her sentence.

Godejohn remains behind bars. He was sentenced to life in prison for stabbing and killing Dee Dee. He continues to fight for a retrial, claiming that his original attorneys’ defense did not accurately represent his level of autism in a diminished-competence defense.

Greta Cross is the Springfield News-Leader’s trending reporter. She has more than five years of journalism experience covering everything from the history of the Ozarks to the LGBTQIA+ community in Springfield. Follow her on X and Instagram @gretacrossphoto. Story idea? Email her at [email protected].