By Kathleen Gilbert

HOUSTON, October 4, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The mother of a pregnant young woman who was stabbed to death in Texas last month said that her daughter shielded her unborn child under a hail of stabs from a butcher’s knife.

The Houston Chronicle reported last week that Leiah Jackson, 27, and her unborn child were killed in an attack September 26 by an unidentified individual. Jackson's boyfriend, Yancey Daniels, was shot and killed about half an hour before Leiah was attacked.

Leiah had managed to reach her mother's adjacent home after the attack, but died shortly thereafter. She was 8 1/2 months pregnant.

Leiah’s mother told the newspaper that Leiah had turned her body to protect her baby, exposing her back and arm to the deadly blows.

"She took all those stab wounds trying to protect another human being — not trying to protect herself — trying to protect her child," said Pamela Jackson.

Police have questioned persons of interest, but no one is reported to have been charged with the crime.