DA won’t file murder charge in Longmont stabbing, fetal abduction case

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(Photo: Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

BOULDER, Colo. -- The suspect accused of stabbing a pregnant woman and cutting her fetus out of her womb will not be charged with murder for the baby's death, according to Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett.

Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant, was responding to an ad on Craigslist for baby clothes on March 18 when Longmont police said the seller, Dynel Lane, attacked her, opened her womb and took the baby girl, leaving Wilkins bleeding in the basement.

Wilkins called 911 and was rescued by first responders. She had surgery at Longmont United Hospital and had been recovering for the past week. The baby did not survive.

Lane allegedly took the unborn fetus to Longmont United, saying she had miscarriage. She was later arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse knowingly/recklessly resulting in death.

Garnett has scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon to announce which charges will be filed against Lane, a former nurse's aide. Lane, 34, is being held on a $2 million bond.

Garnett said last week that it would be hard to bring a murder charge because Colorado state law does not recognize a fetus as a person unless it is capable of surviving for a period of time outside the womb.

Wilkins spent a week in the hospital recovering from her injuries. She was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Her family has set up a GoFundMe page for people who want to contribute to Wilkins' medical and recovery expenses.

Donations can also be mailed to:

The Michelle Wilkins Trust Fund
c/o The Kapsak Law Firm, LLC
1610 Hover St, Suite 203
Longmont, CO 80501

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