One of the stories I’m woefully behind on is this one out of Longmont, Colorado, where police say that 34-year-old Dynel Lane not only allegedly stabbed 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins but cut Ms. Wilkins’ baby from her womb. Ms. Wilkins was seven months pregnant at the time of the brutal crime.
Ms. Wilkins went to Lane’s residence after responding to a craigslist ad for baby clothes. If this sounds slightly familiar it’s because it’s eerily reminiscent of the murder of Heather Snively. Ms. Snively was stabbed to death by Korena Roberts in 2009 and then Roberts cut the baby from Ms. Snively’s womb. However, in this instance Ms. Wilkins survived her injuries. Unfortunately, her baby did not.
Lane has been charged with attempted murder however she has not been charged with murder in the death of Ms. Wilkins’ unborn baby since Colorado does not recognize an unborn child as a person unless it’s capable of surviving outside the womb. Take that for what you will.
Ms. Wilkins has a GoFundMe page set up for medical expenses.
UPDATE 2/23/2016: Dynel Lane has been convicted on all counts against her including attempted first-degree murder, assault, and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Sentencing is scheduled for late April.
UPDATE 4/28/2016: The Boulder DA is seeking a sentence of 126 years. Sentencing is scheduled for tomorrow.
UPDATE 4/29/2016: Earlier today Lane was sentenced to 100 years behind bars.
UPDATE 7/2/2020: Lane’s sentence was upheld by The Colorado Court of Appeals.
6 thoughts on “Colo. woman has baby cut from womb after responding to craigslist ad”
I would think that a baby is sustainable at 7 months.
I hear there’s talk in changing the law because of this crime.,
If we won’t acknowledge life in the womb as being a human being, could we also decide this person who cut the baby out is also not a human being, and do a very late term abortion??? Please?
Colorado has the death penalty but they’re a lot like New Jersey used to be and rarely use it.
It seems like the criminally insane population of the world are daring each other to do worse. I really don’t want to find out what’s next.
Unfortunately it seems to be a never ending cycle.