Dynel Lane, 34, was arrested last week after she allegedly brought the deceased fetus to the hospital. According to the arrest report, Lane admitted to a detective that she cut open the victim’s abdomen to remove it. Staff at the hospital said the baby would have been viable.
After the announcement of the arrest, District Attorney Stan Garnett said he would wait for the results of an autopsy before deciding if Lane should be charged with murder.
“The issue of whether or not murder charges are appropriate involving a case involving the death of a fetus or late-term pregnancy is always a difficult issue,” he said last week. “Under Colorado law, there’s no way murder charges can be brought if it is not established that the fetus lived as a child outside the body of the mother for some period of time. I don’t know the answer yet as to whether that could be established – what our facts are here. One of the issues that we will need to evaluate in connection with that is the medical information from the autopsy.”
Thursday evening, Garnett’s office confirmed to 7NEWS that murder will not be among the charges filed during a hearing on Friday.
Since he has decided not to charge Lane with murder of the fetus, Garnett is likely to charge her with unlawful termination of a pregnancy and other charges stemming from the attack on the expectant mother.
The victim, Michelle Wilkins, has since been released from the hospital and is in a safe place, according to her family.
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According to the arrest report, the woman suspected of cutting an unborn baby girl out of the womb of an expectant mother worked as a certified nurse’s aide for two years in Colorado.
Dynel Lane’s two-year license with the state expired in 2012, reports Yahoo News.
9Wants to Know has also found an obituary from Pueblo which lists Dynel Cruz as the mother of a 1-year-old boy who died on July 2, 2002. In addition, court records indicate a Dynel Cruz, through marriage, changed her last name to Lane years later.
The obituary says Michael Alexander Cruz was just 19 months old when he passed away.
“He loved playing with his sisters, cousins and friends. He had just learned to sing his first song, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” His family called the boy “Little Mac,” according to the obituary.
Lane is accused of showing up at a Longmont hospital Wednesday with the deceased, unborn baby girl of the stabbed mother, claiming she had a miscarriage.
Police say Lane’s husband drove her to the emergency room, thinking the child was alive. Her husband is not considered a suspect.
“This is a tragic case for a mother right now,” Longmont Police Department spokesman Jeff Satur said, according to the Associated Press. “She came by this house. She was attacked, and her baby was removed from her.”
Details the terrifying moments when the victim, identified only as Michelle, begs for police to hurry can be heard in a chilling 911 call.
On Thursday, Lane’s bond was set at $2 million.
The woman who was stabbed is recovering in the hospital.