LONGMONT, Colo. — Michelle Wilkins, the Longmont woman whose unborn child was cut from her womb in a vicious, shocking attack last month, brought cookies to police officers and nurses in the intensive care where she spent a week.
“All beautiful people,” Wilkins wrote in a Facebook post that included a photo of her with Longmont police. “I’m so blessed to know them!”
Wilkins 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.
Lane allegedly took the unborn fetus to Longmont United, saying she had miscarriage. The baby did not survive. An autopsy performed on the 34-week fetus showed no signs of life outside of the womb, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office said. There was also no evidence of trauma or injuries.
Lane, 34, was formally charged March 27 with eight felony counts, including attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. She’s also charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of a crime of violence.
Lane, who is being held in the Boulder County jail in lieu of $2 million bail, is facing a maximum 48 years in prison on the attempted murder charge and 32 years on the charge of unlawful termination. She has a preliminary hearing May 5.
Oskar Blues Brewery will hold a fundraiser to benefit Wilkins and her family on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. at The Tasty Weasel Taproom at the Longmont brewery (1800 Pike Road).
All day, 43 percent of proceeds from all sales will go to Wilkins and her family.
“We are so inspired by Michelle’s strength and grace, and this hits home deeply amongst our shared communities,” Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis said in a news release. “We all want to do more, but getting our communities together to raise funds and keep Michelle in our thoughts is a start. We want to support Michelle and her family in any way we can.”
Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation previously made a $10,000 donation to Wilkins’ trust fund.
A similar fundraiser will be held in Brevard, N.C., on Saturday.
Donations can still be made through the Wilkins GoFundMe page. So far, nearly $118,000 has been pledged.