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.